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Just Say No To Vorderman
834232.  Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:28 pm Reply with quote

I've given up..screw them if they don't want my money..recorded most of them onto DVD from Dave now.

 
Totoro
844380.  Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:14 am Reply with quote

Yup, sod the silly short-sighted idiots who decided against further DVD releases - if they don't want my money then I'll spend it on something else.

Their loss.

 
JumpingJack
844905.  Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:44 pm Reply with quote

Well, it's not us, obviously, who don't want more DVDs!

Corporate Britain has deemed that the sales (historically tiny) don't justify the production costs.

When we get five minutes of spare time, we're going to see if we can revisit this.

 
bobwilson
844909.  Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:47 pm Reply with quote

I wouldn't bother - it's mostly available (illegally but freely) on youtube and similar - if they can't be arsed to cash in then fuck 'em. Of course, you could always do something radical like retain control of the commercial releases - and not be caught in the headlights?

 
CB27
844927.  Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:24 pm Reply with quote

I'd say hold on for a little while, see what the success of the Australian trip is like (I'm guessing the Aussie market will be open for a DVD of the tour), and then you might have the numbers to push for a DVD release of the previous series.

 
Jenny
845059.  Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:56 am Reply with quote

I had an impression (possibly mistaken...) that when we get the website revamped there might be some possibility of people paying to download episodes. Bobwilson's right that most of the episodes can be found on youtube, but they're in three sections and not nearly so much fun to watch - also mainly not the XL versions, which are the versions I suspect more people would be interested in paying to download. At least if it's pay-to-download, the issue of small sales isn't such a big one, surely?

 
britishsm
845146.  Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:31 pm Reply with quote

The shows both XL and non-XL are available to download on P2P and when DVDs do not materialise this is the way a lot of people go - and the only way of dragging them back to the DVDs when they are released is with frankly Quite Interesting bonus content :)

B.

 
Just Say No To Vorderman
850798.  Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:22 pm Reply with quote

Come on QI people..seriously? Chelmsford 123 has just been released on DVD..surely to fek there's more people out there after QI DVDs than the handful of saddos like me who are buying Chelmsford 123 ( to check the Latin pronuncaiations in Episode 1)..yet Hatrick can get it together? Somebody needs their arse kicking.
The longer this goes on the more extras you're going to have to come up with as we'll all have already made our own copies.

 
Neotenic
850840.  Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:19 pm Reply with quote

As I recall, the big sticking point because of the low sales figures is the costs of clearing the images and video used on the screens to accompany the questions. They are cleared for broadcast, but not for home entertainment - which would include both DVD and download. This is a rather unique problem, and not one that would be faced by, say, a drama series.

Therefore, if they can not be sure that sales revenues will cover these costs, then they're not going to go ahead. And I can only presume that the Series A-C DVDs have been loss-making endeavours to date.

Unless there has been some change in copywrite or licencing law, I don't imagine that the situation will have changed, or is likely to be changed. The only other thing that's likely to swing things around is if the copies of the already-released series suddenly start flying off the shelves.

 
bobwilson
850855.  Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:04 pm Reply with quote

Neo's explanation sounds plausible - can someone from the core team confirm that the use of copyright imagery is the sticking point?

 
Neotenic
850879.  Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:33 am Reply with quote

Flash confirms this to be the case back in post 699139.

 
Totoro
852189.  Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:52 pm Reply with quote

My word, that's just ........... utterly nuts!

 
Keiichi
864109.  Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:55 am Reply with quote

Given that the show has been in diet and full-fat XL flavours for a while now, it wouldn't make much sense to release DVDs of it anyway. What version are you going to put out: diet, XL (the full experience, but you're turning a 2-disc set into 3, possibly 4 per series) or both (dammit, how many DVDs do you need?!). The only real way for it to appear now would be on the likes of iTunes, on a weekly and Series Pass basis.

Even then, and it's a bit uncomfortable to say, that would need to be the XL version. I think this might be bordering on heresy, but I believe that the show might be starting to outgrow its low-calorie caffeine-free 30-minute format. That's if it hasn't already done so. For me, although I still record both versions (and convert them into AVIs), XL is rapidly becoming my weapon of choice.

Let's face it, the scoring already baffles a great many of us. Leaving dirty great black holes all over the shop where it looks like someone is high-stepping all the way into the endzone with the win, only to finish second for no apparent reason - it's getting a bit old. Remember the infamous Nina Conti episode that had negative points, but no sirens at all? That episode grated on most of us anyway before the scores. That's like Miami bossing a game for 58 minutes, but Cleveland winning by a single point and Dolphins fans being left absolutely clueless as to why.

(Oh wait, that actually did happen, didn't it. Still ground me gears though...)

 
nitwit02
864310.  Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:36 pm Reply with quote

What I find puzzling is that QI appears to be shown now on Autralian and NZ TV but not here in Canada.

Why is this? Has CBC been approached, or BBC Canada?

 
Ckn
1228455.  Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:24 pm Reply with quote

This makes no sense, yes put them on iTunes or similar, old qi''s are a font of encyclopaedia information, yes questions can become wrong but qi corrects it's mistakes. I have about 90% of all episodes but after the C series, I've got about 3 seasons of crappy little mp4's or glitchy dave episodes or I have to do a massive amount of work to get a half way decent copy for my 4yr old son to learn from. Like the inventer of qi, I want my son to have all my and qi's knowledge.
So come on qi, give us the old series, from bbc2 not the dave versions & help me educate my son 😛

 

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