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Torchwood This Week - August 4, 2007

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    TORCHWOOD THIS WEEK by Benjamin F. Elliott August 4, 2007 Volume 1, Number 39 The weekly guide to Torchwood transmissions.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2007
      by Benjamin F. Elliott
      August 4, 2007
      Volume 1, Number 39
      The weekly guide to Torchwood transmissions.

      Australia - Network Ten has moved Torchwood to Late Tuesdays at
      Midnight, effective 7 August with They Keep Killing Suzie (episode
      8). Ratings were indicated as the main cause for the move. Episodes
      will now be in a 60 minute timeslot due to fewer commercials at that
      hour, and should be safer from delays due to shows running long. The
      final Monday primetime episode (Greeks Bearing Gifts on 30 July)
      started 55 minutes late due to the finale of Big Brother running
      long. Network Ten has the right to Series 1 and 2 of Torchwood.
      Regional broadcaster Southern Cross Ten will continue to simulcast
      Torchwood with Network Ten.

      Big week for US Torchwood fans, and the show hasn't even premiered
      yet. Torchwood will now be available 3 ways to US cable/satellite

      1) BBC America On Demand - Monday August 27th.

      Digital Cable subscribers with BBC America On Demand will get
      Torchwood first. The documentary Welcome To Torchwood and Torchwood
      episode 1 (Everything Changes) go on the BBC America On Demand
      service on Monday 27 August. Expect further episodes to pop up once a
      week (so - Day One on September 3, Ghost Machine on September 10,
      etc). BBC America's On Demand service usually holds 4 episodes at a
      time before the earlier episodes drop off. It is commercial free. It
      also has a tendency to air shows unedited that are airing edited on
      the main channel. Life On Mars Series 1 was the full 58 minutes On
      Demand versus 45 1/2 minutes on the TV channel. It will be
      interesting to see if On Demand gets a complete (or at least more
      complete) version of the Torchwood episodes. To get BBC America On
      Demand, you need to a) have BBC America on your system, b) be
      subscribed to Digital Cable, and c) your cable system needs to have
      signed up for it. DirecTV and Dish Network subscribers are out of
      luck - the On Demand service isn't available on satellite at this
      time. BBC America (so far at least) has only put shows On Demand that
      they air in the US first, so don't expect Doctor Who to pop up there.

      2) BBC America (cable/satellite TV channel) - Saturday September 8th.

      This is the one most Torchwood fans already know about. Saturdays at
      9PM and Midnight Eastern (8PM and 11PM Central, 7PM and 10PM
      Mountain, 6PM and 9PM Pacific, 5PM and 8PM Alaska, 3PM and 6PM
      Hawaii). Episodes are expected to be paired with Doctor Who Series 2.
      Expect more repeats and the occasional marathon, being BBC America.
      BBC America has bought the standard definition rights to Series 1 and
      2. Episodes will be edited for time and to remove profanities related
      to the f word that rhymes with duck. The rest of the adult content
      should air unaltered. If you have DirecTV, Dish Network, or Digital
      Cable you probably already have this channel (but double check if you
      don't watch it regularly). Some Analog Cable subscribers have BBC
      America too.

      3) HD Net US (high definition cable/satellite TV channel) - Monday
      September 17th.

      Mark Cuban, founder of HD Net, broke the news this week that his
      channel got the high definition rights to Torchwood in the US.
      Mondays 7PM, 10PM, and 1AM Eastern (done this way so episodes air at
      4PM, 7PM, and 10PM Pacific). Torchwood will air commercial free,
      completely unedited (no time or content cuts at all), and with no
      banner ads/graffiti on the screen during the show. Commercials will
      run before and after Torchwood. HD Net has bought the high definition
      rights to Series 1 and 2. HD Net has made a habit of buying HD rights
      for shows made in/capable of airing in HD when they have been sold to
      cable networks that do not have HD services available. Some examples
      of this - Arrested Development (SD version on G4), Star Trek:
      Enterprise (SD version on SciFi), and Smallville (SD version on ABC
      Family). You must be subscribed to the high definition package of
      your cable or satellite system to see HD Net (you don't need an HDTV,
      but their HDTV box will need to be connected to your TV - an SD box
      connected to a high definition TV set will not get you the channel).
      Comcast Cable does not offer HD Net (unless they've just bought your
      system and haven't gotten around to removing it yet). No High
      Definition DVD release of this series is planned for the US/Canada at
      this time, so this will likely be the best picture and sound for
      Torchwood that you're going to get.

      HD Net only airs shows that can be presented in High Definition, so
      do not look for them to add Doctor Who.

      Reminder to Canadian viewers - Torchwood will be on CBC and Ztele in
      both SD and HD formats. CBC in English, Ztele in French. Premiere
      dates unknown for both broadcasters.

      Doctor Who schedule information is in This Week In Doctor Who
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho .

      I am trying to find websites and station information for some of the
      more elusive Torchwood sales. If you spot it airing or getting ready
      to air in your country, and I've missed it, let me know so it gets
      into the next edition and more fans get informed.

      Corrections and updates are welcome at torchwood-
      owner@yahoogroups.com , TWIDW on AIM, and thebfe on Yahoo Messenger.

      Torchwood Website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood
      Australian Website - http://www.ten.com.au/ten/tv_torchwood.html


      Yes Stars 2 http://www.yes.co.il
      Sunday 10:20PM and 1:40AM, Friday 8:40PM and 1AM 1-13 "End Of Days"
      (end of run for now)


      Network Ten http://www.ten.com.au http://www.sfsa.org.au
      There are exclusive interviews and clips on the Ten website as well
      as Torchwood De-Classified - as of this writing, you have to be in
      Australia to view the clips.
      Late Tuesday Midnight 1-08 "They Keep Killing Suzie"
      (New time - Ten has moved Torchwood to late night.)
      Late 14 August Midnight 1-09 "Random Shoes"

      Southern Cross Ten
      (Regional service that carries portions of Network Ten's lineup)
      Late Tuesday Midnight 1-08 "They Keep Killing Suzie"
      (New day and time due to simulcast with Network Ten)


      TV4 Plus http://www.tv4.se
      Sunday 9PM, Late Friday 1:50AM CET 1-08 "They Keep Killing Suzie"
      Sunday 10PM, Late Friday 2:45AM CET 1-09 "Random Shoes"
      12 August 9PM CET 1-10 "Out Of Time"
      12 August 10PM CET 1-11 "Combat"


      Canal 22 http://www.canal22.org.mx/main.html
      Episodes air as 2 parters.
      Monday 10:30PM 1-05 "Small Worlds" 30 minutes, pt 1 of 2
      Wednesday 10:30PM 1-05 "Small Worlds" 30 minutes, pt 2 of 2
      13 August 10:30PM 1-06 "Countrycide" 30 minutes, pt 1 of 2
      15 August 10:30PM 1-06 "Countrycide" 30 minutes, pt 2 of 2


      Cuatro http://www.cuatro.com
      Late Sunday 1AM CET 1-02 "Day One"


      BBC America On Demand (certain digital cable systems, not on
      Starting 27 August:
      Preview - Welcome To Torchwood
      1-01 "Everything Changes" (BBC America has run shows unedited for
      content and time on the On Demand service - time will tell)

      BBC America http://www.bbcamerica.com
      8 September 9PM and Midnight EDT/6 and 9PM PDT 1-01 "Everything

      HD Net http://www.hd.net
      17 September 7PM and 10PM and 1AM EDT/4PM and 7PM and 10PM PDT 1-
      01 "Everything Changes"


      Jimmy http://www.jimmy140.it
      Dubbed into Italian
      3 September 1-01 "Everything Changes" (Italian premiere)
      broadcast times not yet announced

      UK Broadcasts:

      BBC HD http://www.bbc.co.uk/hd http://www.radiotimes.com
      No repeats scheduled in next 2 weeks.

      Future Broadcasters of Torchwood:

      CANADA - CBC TV http://www.cbc.ca/television - Fall 2007, reported to
      be Fridays 9PM
      NEW ZEALAND - TV2 http://www.tvnz.co.nz
      FRANCE - NRJ 12 http://www.nrj12.fr
      TURKEY - TRT
      CANADA - Ztele http://www.ztele.com/index.jsp
      And other countries who I haven't seen identified yet

      Series 2 - coming early 2008. 13 episodes, premieres on BBC Two.

      Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care. Vote Saxon.

      Doctor Who is a BBC Trademark. Copyright 2007.
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