OT - Sarah Jane & File Sharing
- I live on the west coast of California. I have never been to
England, but I love English television shows, including science
First off, "The Sarah Jane Adventures" are going to be 10 half hour
long episodes and you can also add the one hour pilot that aired
almost 10 months ago. The first night it airs this week, the BBC is
going to air part one of "Revenge of the Slitheen" and not long after
another BBC channel is apparently going to air part two of the same
story. What will be aired will apparently be five two-part stories.
There has been no word whatsoever about any outlet in the US that
will show these. Remember, although "Red Dwarf" was a hit in the US,
Rob Grant's "The Strangerers" has never seen the light of day in this
country on any any network. "Sarah Jane" may have to accumulate more
episodes to get some sort of syndication deal in this country.
A few hours after both episodes of Sarah Jane air this Monday, I will
be seeing them on my home computer. If there is a real high demand
like I think, it could be Tuesday morning that I am watching them
with my morning coffee. When each episode of the show is half an
hour, it does not make it easy to fit the show into a US broadcast
schedule. There are also many people who do not remember Sarah
Jane's adventures with the Doctor or were too young.
There is soething else happening next week, that may or may not
interest people. Every person I have shown the Rose Tyler stories
too, even if they are not into science fiction fell in love with
her. This week on ITV, is the start of an eight-episode miniseries
starring Billie Piper. Each episode will also be half an hour in
length. It is called "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and it is being
billed as being sexually explicit.
If you think about, in terms of success, many actors who have played
companions have not gone on to bigger and better things. I don't
know how far Billie Piper is going to change her image from Doctor
Who, but I for one want to see what she is capable of. I will be
watching the first episode hours later or the next day. I will share
copies with friends while making no money off of the matter. People
I have talked with are anxious to see more of her, even if it is old
music videos from her days as a British pop singer.
Almost everybody here knows that December 25th is the Doctor Who
Christmas Special, "Voyage of the Damned", but nobody seems to be
talking about newer Doctor Who even sooner that airs on November 16th.
November 16th is the annual "Children In Need" telethon in the UK.
There are so many telethons, that yet another is usually of no
consequence, but this one is. Apparently, Steven Moffat has written
a special Doctor Who segment where David Tennant's Doctor will meet
Peter Davison's Doctor. I have no idea how long this segment will
be, but it will be available for download online not long after the
segment airs. I am really looking forward to this.
For those who discount "Children In Need", several years ago, a
specil segment aired during the telethon that showed the newly-
regereated Doctor traying to convince Rose that he was indeed the
Doctor. The segment should have been tacked on to "The Christmas
Invasion" when it aired on Sci Fi, but American audiences will never
see that segment unless they buy the DVD set.
Home computers are getting more and more powerful, breaking down
International boundries. Torchwood begins its new season in January
on on the 31 days. I am not going to wait to see it. Doctor Who
will have its new season in March or April of next year.
Don't complain about not seeing British shows when they air across
the world. Do something about and learn how to do file sharing.
What is file sharing, you ask?
If you computer can play video files or download a good media player
like the VLC Media Player (www.videolan.org), you can download. If
you have a lot of space on your hard drive, you can file share. If
you have a DVD burning drive on your computer, you can burn copies of
what you download and give them to your friends. If you can leave
your computer running for 24 hours a day or longer, you can file
Essentially, many file sharing sites, and there are many, allow you
to download many different things. If you miss an episode of an
American TV show because your VCR acted up, you don't have to miss it
A file sharing site breaks up the digital recording of anything into
something called bit torrents. Bit torrents are something like
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When all the pieces come together, the
download finishes and you can see the finished product.
To manage any downloads, you need a download program manager. The
best one is Azureus (www.azureus.sourceforge.net). If you choose to
download something, Azureus will open on its own and ask you what
folder in "My Videos" you want to save the download to.
The top screen on Azureus shows you what you are downloading, how
much you have downloaded of the file, how much you need to download,
the ETA until your download finishes and the share ratio of what you
Have you heard the term "kid in a candy store"? When you see what is
offered on many of these sites, you will want to download everything
you can see. No computer has that much capacity. You also have to
realize when you sign up to many sites, you start off with a share
Think of a share ratio as the money you are gambling with in a game
of chance. You bet too much and that pile goes down. You are
careful with what you do and the pile keeps going up and up. Once
you have downloaded the epsiode you want, is no reason to shut your
The file you downloaded from a site was put there by a "seeder".
When you choose to download something, you become a seeder or
leecher. Azureus keeps track of how many seeders and leechers are
after a file you are trying to download. If you see 0 seeders, it
means usually that the seeder shut his computer off.
You have to keep your computer on. When you have fully downloaded a
file or episode, you become a seeder for that file. As more and more
people download the file, your share ratio on many sites keeps going
up and up. That usually means also that when something does come
available that everybody wants, you will be able to download it
faster. If you have a low share ratio, many sites may tell you that
in 10 hours, the download will start. The higher your ratio, the
quicker you can get what you want.
Sometimes what you download will be crap. There is a lame comedy
show in the UK called "The Friday Night Project". There was an
episode a few weeks ago where David Tennant was guest host and even
did a scene dressed in drag. The only highlight of the download was
seeing how good a singer Amy Winehouse is.
People keep saying that Catherine Tate has a good comedy show in the
UK. I have never seen it. I could download an episode and see what
she is like outside of the one Doctor Who she has done so far.
Doctor Who is going to make her an International star.
If you don't like to keep your computer on for extended periods of
time, don't complain about Sarah Jane airing this Monday across the
world. Get off your duff and do something about it. And as far as
the broadcast dates I mentioned, mark them on your calendars.
If you want to find out what sites you can download episodes from,
that is easy to find out. If you want to see Billie Piper doff her
clothes and say things Rose Tyler would never say, that is your
choice. I don't know how far her miniseries will go, but they gave
her the starring role in it because she showed the world what she
could do on Doctor Who. Judge that on its own merits.