another maze for mazes sake

11/29/11

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Oh technology… able to do so much and STILL SUCK SO BAD!!! Why do you toy with me so? Why do you hint at a future so awesomeballs and yet pull the football away at the last second?

Let me be specific. There’s a show on TV called Homeland on Showtime starring Claire Danes as a CIA agent who thinks a returning war hero might actually be a terrorist. For those of you stuck in 1994 on My So-Called Life, Claire Danes has reignited her initial promise (and Damian Lewis is creepily intense).

But I didn’t know it was any good until friends started recommending it a few weeks ago. So Tessa and I tried to catch up on the five episodes we missed. BUT HOW, OH TECHNOLOGY, HOW?

“Homeland” is not on iTunes, not on Hulu, and the episodes were not repeating on Showtime in any kind of chronological sense. Both HBO and Cinemax have HBO GO and MAX GO respectively, where you can watch any show on either network, but Showtime has no such option.

I don’t just subscribe to Showtime at our rental in LA, I subscribe to it again at our farmhouse. I subscribe to it TWICE, and I can’t watch “Homeland” ANYWHERE. So I had to go to the internets, find the bittorrent files, and spend all night downloading the show illegally on our farm’s shitty DSL.

Showtime, DON’T PUNISH ME BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.

Similarly, I like the show Downton Abbey, an upstairs/downstairs drama of constant fantastickness that was PBS’s best import from the BBC this year. So Season 2 was much anticipated by all American fops like me, and we were all told to wait until next January 8 for the big premiere.

Except that Season 2 was already shown in its entirety in goddamn Britain! Not just some of the episodes, all of them!

I do not like being told what I can’t do, so I went to Amazon UK and ordered the Blu-Ray DVD of the second season, waited a few days for the postman, and then WATCHED THAT MOTHERFUCKER.

I WATCHED THE EVER-LIVIN’ SHIT OUT OF SOME BRITISH CLASS DRAMA TWO MONTHS BEFORE I WAS SUPPOSED TO, FUCKBLADES! Again, I must say… PBS, technology, whomever… DON’T PUNISH ME BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.

0 thoughts on “another maze for mazes sake

  1. Claverack Weekender

    The content owners are holding on for dear life trying to maintain the (economic) rents they are extracting from the system. Kind of you to buy the blu-ray instead of downloading it…

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  2. Ellani

    Add to that: what I don’t understand is why iTunes Germany won’t let us watch films in their original language (just horribly dubbed versions). Though we could buy the dvd (legally) and watch it in original. Why does that make any copyright sense at all?

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