October 02, 2003
HBO and shit

We don't get HBO in Canada and I don't get why. Does HBO get sadistic pleasure knowing that up here we're a year behind on Sopranos/Curb Your 'Tude/Six Feet Under episodes? Who does this benefit, I ask, aside from the manufacturers of illegal satellite systems, and, I guess, Showcase? Do we really love Showcase enough to live our lives a year behind our hot-shit neighbours? What about when something dramatic happens, as it's bound to, and we all end up hearing about it in magazines and talk shows before enjoying the twist in proper context? I'm telling you people!@ Is HBO happy about this? Am I on the brink of uncovering a major conspiracy? Will people drive by and fire guns at me from unmarked black Saabs already, please?

I'd get satellite tv but I have no illusions about what it would be like. Aside from HBO, there'd still be nothing to watch. Friends would come over to answer the three-year-old question, 'was Perfect Strangers ever any good?', and we'd get our answer. I've also grown curious about McGuyver lately. Was that shit funny or what? Working from the barely-there-recall to which I have access, I'd have to say it was quality. It might be like A-Team, Three's Company, Chips, and all the others still aired in Canada-- it be might be curiously identicle to the way the eleven-year-old in me recalls it, making it sad, boring and unwatchable.

My friends say Alf is good. Last week, I watched it for the first time since season 2 and it's not very funny.

I bet Balki's a little bit funny again though, even if Cousin Larry never cut it.

Posted by at October 02, 2003 08:59 PM

Get TMN. They carry all the jazz from HBO. Of course, it's like $20 a month.

Strange what happened to TV over the last couple years - every other channel is non-stop 'reality TV', more or less, and HBO is the non-reality channel, hoarding all of the best drama and even some sitcoms now. Do they even play movies anymore?

Posted by: D on October 3, 2003 01:44 PM .

HBO is effectively illegal in Canada. According to the Supreme Court, you can go to jail for watching HBO. Well, to be more accurate, you can go to jail for accessing the signal. It's like Communist Russia over here.

Oh yeah, and I like how Showcase and CTV will call those year old episodes a "Brand New Season"! Liars.

Posted by: Lyle on October 5, 2003 05:10 PM .

i think rogers very recently said they were planning on bringing HBO and ESPN into canada.

...but they've yet to clear it with the crtc -
or even ask HBO and ESPN if they're down!

Re: Alf
like Leave it to Beaver and Mr. Belvedere, Alf had a very brief run as a high quality show. if you catch the wrong episode or season, you'll be disappointed. but there was a short time when Alf was awesrageous television.

Posted by: tv on October 5, 2003 10:00 PM .

i just want to clarify this, because i'm sure you've been wondering:

early Beaver badly outclasses both Belvedere and Alf. if there's anything to take from my comment, it's that you should watch early Beaver if you can. i completely stand behind that shit as being outstanding television.

from season one, to the best of my recollection:

(beaver and wally lying on their beds)

beaver: wally, how come i never cared that mary like me, but when whitey started likin' her, i suddenly did?

wally: i dunno, beaver. but i think it's the same reason people decide to get married.

(cue closing theme)

that was in the 50's!

wait a second...no one cares.

Posted by: tv on October 7, 2003 06:57 PM .

Do too.

Posted by: on October 9, 2003 02:57 PM .

there is ESPN canada

Posted by: anrev on November 2, 2003 09:43 PM .

I want HBO in Canada. It doesn't make sense. Why is it illegal? This is so stupid. Can someone please explain why HBO is not allowed in Canada and what we the people can do to get it in Canada?


Posted by: chris on December 14, 2003 05:32 PM .

Canadian broadcasters cannot usually afford to pay license fees for 1st window rights to some great American shows, nor does the broadcast industry in Canada like taking risks on shows without track records. All I can suggest is to bug local broadcasters to carry shows you want when you want them. I hate being behind the ball too.

Posted by: Susanne Jespersen on January 8, 2004 03:00 PM .

I think we're actually in sync with Mericans, at least so far as Curb Your Enthusiasm goes. It seems to be on Wednesday morning at 11 on The Movie Channel.

Hee Haw!

Posted by: on January 8, 2004 04:01 PM .

Yep. Just found out we'll be in sync with our yankee buddies (at least so far as Sopranos and Six Feet Under) for the first time, thanks to TMN. Would be nice to get some HBO docs too though; they had some killer ones I saw while in Miami. All in good time my friends.

Posted by: Susanne Jespersen on January 13, 2004 05:21 PM .
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