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05 August 2011 @ 08:47 pm
Era of Free FK Access Ends?  
I just learned that Forever Knight is no longer available on Hulu.  From there, I hit Crackle (Sony's Hulu), and learned that they are now blocking my access to FK based on "geographic restrictions" (I'm in the US).  And of course Chiller is once again making no room in its schedule.

FK is still available for purchased streaming on Amazon (US) Instant Video (my guess is that it also comes free with their Prime service).  I looked at Netflix, but I don't subscribe to them and I can't tell from their external "browse" feature whether they have FK streaming, or DVD only.

I still cherish FK on DVD (and should we talk about the VHS tapes in the closet?) but many people now seem greatly to favor streaming over hard-copy media of any kind.  The last four people (two couples) I introduced to FK unanimously preferred watching Hulu to borrowing my spare Region 1 DVD set; they insisted that they found commercials less intrusive than handling DVDs.  Regardless, it looks like it's time to return to loaning out DVDs, and giving them as gifts, when there's an opportunity to share the story and bring someone across.

Addendum: Thanks to [personal profile] celli, we know that Netflix has FK on DVD only (no streaming).

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Foxy11814foxy11814 on August 6th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
I discovered this yesterday surfing Hulu, as well. BUT I will say Hulu has dropped FK in the past before and brought it back after a time. Why? No clue. I'm just glad I have the DVD's or I would be upset, LOL. But I suppose it might entice people to buy the series regardless of their preference of viewing, and I'm all for that. *shrugs*

And, like you, I wish Chiller would show it again. There was a time it was playing nothing but Buffy and Twilight Zones. Grrr. LOL They're still somewhat doing that. =(
Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on August 6th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I know several younger people who give blank, confused looks at the idea that their favorite shows (and music, and games, and so on) will not necessarily always be provided to them conveniently and for free by TPTB. (As opposed to those of us who waited many years for FK to come out on DVD, and were grateful for one season at a time, and didn't know whether third season would make it out at all.)

I worry that lack of access to streaming will mean fewer and fewer viewers, not more and more buyers. But I entertain the wild hope that restricting access to free streaming might be a precursor to a new product: blu-ray? slim set? That would be nice.

Thank you for sharing that Hulu access has come and gone before! I won't take down my links to it, in that case.

Edited at 2011-08-06 02:39 pm (UTC)
Foxy11814foxy11814 on August 6th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. The reason I know is because I have a friend from high school who also watched FK and she told me when FK was put on the site and then told me when they took it off in the past. Hopefully, they'll put it back up again soon.

As for introducing new people to the show, I do so all the time, and I've been known to make the first season DVD set a present, LOL. That was one of the things I gave to my at-the-time boyfriend at Christmas. As for letting people borrow my sets, no, I'm too paranoid for that, BUT they can come over and watch it with me. And, people have. =)

But getting FK on Blu-Ray or slim set versions would be nice! I doubt it when it comes to slim sets, though, since usually they do the slim sets to sell it at a cheaper price with less extras and FK DVDs are already pretty cheap with hardly any extras. *shrugs* Take for example my X-Files collection. I shelled out over $100.00 for each nine seasons, and then they came out with the slim sets that were in the $30 range. I was mad at first until I saw it didn't have any of the extra footage that you could actually insert into the episode at the appropriate spot and other such things. *shrugs*

Blu-Ray could be possible and would be nice. =)

Edited at 2011-08-06 05:16 pm (UTC)
Athelas K. Weedmalinaldarose on August 6th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
I am not a streaming fan -- partly because I don't have wi fi, so I have to watch it tethered to my desk. Give me my DVDs. (And we won't even discuss the boxes of VHS tapes squirreled away upstairs.)
Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on August 6th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I also can't stream to my television set, and so must watch that technology at my desk.

Do you have any strategies for persuading streaming-loving people to borrow DVDs, to introduce them to shows they can't stream?
Athelas K. Weedmalinaldarose on August 6th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, not really. I only have a couple of people to whom I will lend anything at all (books or DVDs) because I have been burned too many times by borrowers.
greerwatsongreerwatson on August 6th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I've been saying the same thing for years about books: you can't rely on libraries (much though I love them). Just as Hulu stops offering Forever Knight, so libraries get rid of old books to make room for new ones. There is no substitute for owning your own copy.

My VHS tapes know no closet. They are on the shelf. I taped the show off Showcase (cut version) and then off Space (uncut). As the Season One DVDs are not the most complete version, of course I have my tapes!