Live broadcasts from overseas are common from sports or award ceremonies, but a rarity for drama. We’ve seen the ABC broadcasting episodes of Doctor Who online immediately after their UK transmission and Foxtel running some shows within two hours of their US premieres. Now we have Channel Ten promising to show the season opener of Homeland online within 15 minutes of it beginning on US TV.
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TV Tonight reports on the plans, which will see Homeland’s first episode for season 3 shown at 1415 on 30 September via its tenplay site. The episode will screen on Ten’s channel at 2030 that night. It’s apparently not happening for the entire season, and you need to register online in advance to view it.
Despite those minor annoyances, these kinds of moves are welcome; under those circumstances, it’s hard to argue that you “need” to access a US stream or download a torrent. I don’t expect that will stop people doing both, but we’re moving rapidly away from the recent past of overseas shows being delayed months or years before broadcast.