It can not have escaped your attention that UKTV plans to premiere each episode of the forthcoming Red Dwarf XI on their on-demand service, UKTV Play, one week ahead of their television broadcast on Dave. This puts us in a somewhat tricky situation in terms of our coverage. We had planned on doing pretty much exactly what we did last time – an “instant reaction” DwarfCast almost immediately after each episode, broadcast live on the internet, with a tidier version in the usual feeds the following day, followed by a written review over the weekend.
This isn’t so straightforward when not everyone’s going to be watching at the same time. This move has made it a hell of a lot harder to be part of a communal shared experience, but we’re determined to make it work. That’s where you come in. We’d like to know more about how you’re intending to consume this series, and your preferences for how we go about things. To that end, here are a series of polls; the results of which we’ll take on board, but won’t be legally binding or anything. Annoyingly, we’d like to request that those of you from outside the UK abstain from taking part in this vote; it’s the people who have a choice as to how they watch the series that will be most affected by our decisions.
Note: in order to keep the polling numbers as clean as possible (with a site this old, we’re on pretty much every spam bot list out there) voting is restricted to members only, but registrations are open to all.
Let’s start with a simple one…
Next, we want you to think about our DwarfCasts. The original idea was that they’d be our raw opinions on our very first viewing of each episode, and so we’ve always aimed to do them as quickly as possible after broadcast. We could still do that, but we’d have to choose between doing them after the online or TV releases. If the former, we’d have to rely on knowing exactly what time the episodes will be released. We could get around this by not doing the DwarfCasts straight away, but doing so would lose the “instant reaction” element. Or we could remove the live element all together, which would ease some worries at the cost of making them less interactive.
But what of our written reviews? These are much more thought through than the DwarfCasts, written with the benefit of repeated viewings. They’ll always take a few days from initial release, so the question is a relatively simple one:
And finally, we’d like some input on our “Let’s Talk About…” posts; the places where people congregate to post their thoughts and debate the details. It sucks that we’ll have to either exclude some people from the discussion for a week, or make them wait for a week; whatever we do, the discussion is going to be fractured, but what do you think is the best option?
Please feel free to expand on your choices in the comments below, and indeed to add other suggestions or point out anything we’ve forgotten. We’ll take all your feedback into account, chat about it amongst ourselves, and update you if and when we have a plan. We are nothing without you, so we just want to do what’s best for as many of you as possible.