I honestly can’t remember whether the general attitude towards the show is correct, although surely it’s got to be interesting at the very least – who’s up for a comparison review between Butler and VII? But the important thing here is – this is exactly the sort of thing that we should be excited about. I’ve often complained that these new ways of viewing programmes weren’t doing anything DVDs didn’t do better – but here, along with some other shows on 4oD, we’re looking at programmes which are, at the very least, not guaranteed any kind of DVD release. It’s using new technology to deliver something new, and something that wasn’t financially practical before, rather than just repackaging the same old stuff – and that’s great.
The whole 4 On Demand setup has its problems – not least that I want to be able to buy these shows legally, not just rent them, and the DRM means that I can’t even play them on my Mac – but it’s a bloody good start. Anything which gets Sean’s Show to a wider audience has to be a good thing, although that really does deserve a DVD release.
(With thanks to Nick Ridley, who mentioned this on the Webboard.)