We thought the ABC was doing OK by promising to broadcast Series 7 of Doctor Who within a week of its UK broadcast, but the national broadcaster has just announced an even better plan: it will make the show viewable on iView within an hour of its UK showing, and a week ahead of its first TV broadcast in Australia.
The episodes will be released on iView at 5am AEST each Sunday. It will be broadcast as planned on ABC1 at 0730pm the following Saturday. I imagine lots of family viewers will wait, but for anyone keen to avoid spoilers, the iView option is a great solution.
I'm going to go right ahead and say it: under these circumstances, anyone who doesn't watch the iView broadcast and chooses to download is seflish and stupid. I'm aware some of you will complain about the lack of an HD version, but you can wait on the DVDs for that. The ABC deserves to be commended for taking viewer needs seriously — it's certainly more than any commercial network is offering right now.