UKTV Play agenda News Bit of a funny update this week, as the true premiere of series XII has kind of ended up sneaking up on people due to the fact that it will once again have its episodes streamed on UKTV Play 7 days before broadcast. More excitingly, however, four new publicity photos have been added to the XII gallery and they all look lovely so do check those out. Let’s start off today’s update after the jump with a great picture of Chris Barrie’s face as a concession that I am incredibly excited about what is to come over the next weeks despite my moan about the nature of its broadcast… Anyone who’s been on the site longer than 12 months will know what we think about this whole UKTV Play strategy so no complaints are going to be particularly fresh here. While it’s undoubtedly great for the service and UKTV in general I still feel like this is a move that actively does a disservice to a lot of fans. Fans that want to have a communal watching experience through social media. Fans who want their first viewing to be the best possible quality version of a heavily visual show. Fans who simply do not have the option to wait an extra week when every day of their lives is spent embroiled in Dwarf communities (and I am not just talking about G&T). UKTV Play is a clunky catch up service at best, it requires an account to use, does nothing to help out by keeping you logged in and the streaming quality remains SD (on the website, at least). From what I can see nothing tangible or user experience related has changed on the service over the last 12 months, and it will once again be the platform on which we will all first experience the new episodes of Red Dwarf. Today’s TOS update is supposed to be an exciting reminder that we have less than ONE WEEK to go until we see new Red Dwarf but well over HALF of the update is a list of caveats and warnings about the platform on which the series is premiering. Remember when the Radio Times listings of The End, Kryten, Backwards, Camille, Holoshop, Psirens, Tikka to Ride, Back in the Red Part 1, Back to Earth Part 1 and Trojan gave us fair warning that if too many people watch it all at once things might fall over? No, neither do I. Remember when the BBC split the audience of their prestige sci-fi show between online and linear broadcast, with the former having to deal with unreliable streaming and inferior picture quality? No, neither do I. Remember the last time you had no single clue what time the new episode of your favourite show was going to be available? You get the idea… Like I say, none of this is anything new. It’s just as frustrating for us this year as it was last year. The advantage we have, though, is that we’re well aware of the challenges we ran into during XI and we’re in the process of defining a better setup to help prevent another grueling and soul sapping schedule as we try to cater for two sets of fans. Ian’s hammering us all into shape and working out our plans and schedules as we speak so you’ll almost certainly know the exact air time of our next Live DwarfCast before you know the same information about the episode it will be covering. No matter which way you look at it, this all feels incredibly and unavoidably stupid.