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E! Entertainment and Apple Computer today announced that hit programs from E! Entertainment Television are now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Music Store.

New weekly episodes of the second season of hit series "The Girls Next Door," which debuts July 30 on E!, "The Soup," E!'s irreverent look at the week's biggest, best and most bizarre moments and events in the world of pop culture, the new season of "Dr. 90210," as well as all new episodes of "The Simple Life: 'Til Death Do Us Part" starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will be available the day after broadcast for customers to purchase and download for just $1.99 per episode.

"This new partnership underscores our commitment to our E! Everywhere initiative, making E! content available to viewers on multiple platforms and on demand," said Ted Harbert, president and CEO, E! Entertainment. "We're delighted to pursue this new programming opportunity with iTunes, allowing us to further expand the E! brand and reach even more entertainment fans."

Season two of "The Girls Next Door" debuts on E! on July 30, taking viewers beyond the gates and behind closed doors to reveal the world of Hugh Hefner and his three girlfriends Holly, Bridget and Kendra, as it has never been seen before. The premiere episode will also be available to purchase and download on iTunes on July 31.

"The Simple Life: 'Til Death Do Us Part" follows the lives of Paris and Nicole as they undergo a crash course in marriage and motherhood, while "Dr. 90210" takes viewers inside the offices and homes of high profile Beverly Hills plastic surgeons. Past season episodes of "The Simple Life," "The Girls Next Door" and "Dr. 90210" are also immediately available for purchase and download.

Earlier this week, Apple and Warner Bros. announced a similar deal, which included the popular sitcom "Friends."
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are there any plans to release stuff broadcast in the UK?
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Would the tv networks maybe make more money if they put the shows out on iTunes the day before they aired?
This way hardcore fans who really wanted to see the latest episode would buy the show, as well as those who missed the show or want their own copy as before.

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No. There are no plans for the UK, Canada or any other country.

Apple is fed up with the international market. Tomorrow, Steve Jobs will announce that all Mac sales outside the US will be halted, and Apple will officially no longer support any nationality other than red-blooded Americans who have a flag waving outside their front door. Jobs will go a step further and demand that all iPod users outside the US immediately return their equipment to Apple and pay for the return shipping. Apple has had enough with the pathetic business opportunities outside the land of the free and home of the brave.

It is also rumored that the new Intel quad-core towers will have a special DNA checking mechanism built into the keyboard to determine the user's nationality. If the Mac user is American and if the DNA indicates the user is operating the machine within one of the 50 blessed States of America, the computer will function as normal. But if the user is a foreigner, or if the user is an American but located outside the United States, the machine will immediate shut down and all unsaved changes will be lost. Also, if the user is American but does not return to the United States within 6 months from the sensor detecting the foreign location, the hard drive will auto-format with alternating zeros and one's 50 times. The lone exception to this rule applies to those in military service, in which case the hard drive will auto-format itself 5 years after departure from US borders, contingent upon the owner of the said Mac having secured at least one Purple Heart during that time frame.

Steve Jobs is also lobbying Congress to pass a new law that would ban non-Americans from purchasing Apple stock.

It's just insane.
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Apple is fed up with the international market. Tomorrow, Steve Jobs will announce that all Mac sales outside the US will be halted, and Apple will officially no longer support any nationality other than red-blooded Americans who have a flag waving outside their front door. Jobs will go a step further and demand that all iPod users outside the US immediately return their equipment to Apple and pay for the return shipping. Apple has had enough with the pathetic business opportunities outside the land of the free and home of the brave.

It is also rumored that the new Intel quad-core towers will have a special DNA checking mechanism built into the keyboard to determine the user's nationality. If the Mac user is American and if the DNA indicates the user is operating the machine within one of the 50 blessed States of America, the computer will function as normal. But if the user is a foreigner, or if the user is an American but located outside the United States, the machine will immediate shut down and all unsaved changes will be lost. Also, if the user is American but does not return to the United States within 6 months from the sensor detecting the foreign location, the hard drive will auto-format with alternating zeros and one's 50 times. The lone exception to this rule applies to those in military service, in which case the hard drive will auto-format itself 5 years after departure from US borders, contingent upon the owner of the said Mac having secured at least one Purple Heart during that time frame.

Steve Jobs is also lobbying Congress to pass a new law that would ban non-Americans from purchasing Apple stock.

It's just insane.

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No. There are no plans for the UK, Canada or any other country.

Apple is fed up with the international market. Tomorrow, Steve Jobs will announce that all Mac sales outside the US will be halted, and Apple will officially no longer support any nationality other than red-blooded Americans who have a flag waving outside their front door. Jobs will go a step further and demand that all iPod users outside the US immediately return their equipment to Apple and pay for the return shipping. Apple has had enough with the pathetic business opportunities outside the land of the free and home of the brave.

It is also rumored that the new Intel quad-core towers will have a special DNA checking mechanism built into the keyboard to determine the user's nationality. If the Mac user is American and if the DNA indicates the user is operating the machine within one of the 50 blessed States of America, the computer will function as normal. But if the user is a foreigner, or if the user is an American but located outside the United States, the machine will immediate shut down and all unsaved changes will be lost. Also, if the user is American but does not return to the United States within 6 months from the sensor detecting the foreign location, the hard drive will auto-format with alternating zeros and one's 50 times. The lone exception to this rule applies to those in military service, in which case the hard drive will auto-format itself 5 years after departure from US borders, contingent upon the owner of the said Mac having secured at least one Purple Heart during that time frame.

Steve Jobs is also lobbying Congress to pass a new law that would ban non-Americans from purchasing Apple stock.

It's just insane.

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post #7 of 36
It's worse than that, they plan on selling only US TV programs outside the US.
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Originally posted by JDW
No. There are no plans for the UK, Canada or any other country.

Apple is fed up with the international market. Tomorrow, Steve Jobs will announce that all Mac sales outside the US will be halted, and Apple will officially no longer support any nationality other than red-blooded Americans who have a flag waving outside their front door. Jobs will go a step further and demand that all iPod users outside the US immediately return their equipment to Apple and pay for the return shipping. Apple has had enough with the pathetic business opportunities outside the land of the free and home of the brave.

It is also rumored that the new Intel quad-core towers will have a special DNA checking mechanism built into the keyboard to determine the user's nationality. If the Mac user is American and if the DNA indicates the user is operating the machine within one of the 50 blessed States of America, the computer will function as normal. But if the user is a foreigner, or if the user is an American but located outside the United States, the machine will immediate shut down and all unsaved changes will be lost. Also, if the user is American but does not return to the United States within 6 months from the sensor detecting the foreign location, the hard drive will auto-format with alternating zeros and one's 50 times. The lone exception to this rule applies to those in military service, in which case the hard drive will auto-format itself 5 years after departure from US borders, contingent upon the owner of the said Mac having secured at least one Purple Heart during that time frame.

Steve Jobs is also lobbying Congress to pass a new law that would ban non-Americans from purchasing Apple stock.

It's just insane.

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It's worse than that, they plan on selling only US TV programs outside the US.

It's worse than that, they plan on selling TVs.
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I watched Dr. 90210 recently. Perhaps the creepiest show I've ever seen in my life.
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If the Mac user is American and if the DNA indicates the user is operating the machine within one of the 50 blessed States of America, the computer will function as normal.

Woah! They can figure out your location by testing your DNA?!? Those Apple employees are freakin' geniuses!

But seriously... it's getting quite annoying with these weekly updates from Apple boasting new shows added to the database, and all we international customers get access to NOTHING! If they could just bundle all the press releases into one every few months, it wouldn't feel so bad.
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Amazing. Now, I may actually have a non-porn video of Paris Hilton on my Mac!

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Originally posted by xanthohappy
Woah! They can figure out your location by testing your DNA?!? Those Apple employees are freakin' geniuses!

But seriously... it's getting quite annoying with these weekly updates from Apple boasting new shows added to the database, and all we international customers get access to NOTHING! If they could just bundle all the press releases into one every few months, it wouldn't feel so bad.

It's too bad, but I think there are licensing issues that prevent it. These TV shows have probably just never considered the possibility of being shown in different countries. There's a lot of music in other countries' music stores that I'd like to get too. I bet they have a lot of incentive to sell them internationally though - with the flip of a switch, they could triple their market. So I think it will come once the lawyers get it figured out.
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Originally posted by aegisdesign
It's worse than that, they plan on selling only US TV programs outside the US.

If that means more 24, Prison Break, Lost et al, WAHOO!
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Originally posted by JDW
No. There are no plans for the UK, Canada or any other country.

Apple is fed up with the international market. Tomorrow, Steve Jobs will announce that all Mac sales outside the US will be halted, and Apple will officially no longer support any nationality other than red-blooded Americans who have a flag waving outside their front door. Jobs will go a step further and demand that all iPod users outside the US immediately return their equipment to Apple and pay for the return shipping. Apple has had enough with the pathetic business opportunities outside the land of the free and home of the brave.

It is also rumored that the new Intel quad-core towers will have a special DNA checking mechanism built into the keyboard to determine the user's nationality. If the Mac user is American and if the DNA indicates the user is operating the machine within one of the 50 blessed States of America, the computer will function as normal. But if the user is a foreigner, or if the user is an American but located outside the United States, the machine will immediate shut down and all unsaved changes will be lost. Also, if the user is American but does not return to the United States within 6 months from the sensor detecting the foreign location, the hard drive will auto-format with alternating zeros and one's 50 times. The lone exception to this rule applies to those in military service, in which case the hard drive will auto-format itself 5 years after departure from US borders, contingent upon the owner of the said Mac having secured at least one Purple Heart during that time frame.

Steve Jobs is also lobbying Congress to pass a new law that would ban non-Americans from purchasing Apple stock.

It's just insane.

This whole post is a joke, right?
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Originally posted by aegisdesign
It's worse than that, they plan on selling only US TV programs outside the US.

Well, it seems that from the laws in many countries, such as France, for example, most people in other countries want to ONLY watch US shows.
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Originally posted by xanthohappy
Woah! They can figure out your location by testing your DNA?!? Those Apple employees are freakin' geniuses!

But seriously... it's getting quite annoying with these weekly updates from Apple boasting new shows added to the database, and all we international customers get access to NOTHING! If they could just bundle all the press releases into one every few months, it wouldn't feel so bad.

People have to begin to understand that it's not Apple's desire to only sell shows in the US.

Remember how long it took Apple to get licensing to sell music in other countries?

I'm pretty sure that if Apple could sell ALL content, no matter what it is, everywhere, they would do so.

No one really doubts that, do they?
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Originally posted by BRussell
There's a lot of music in other countries' music stores that I'd like to get too.

Ditto.
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People have to begin to understand that it's not Apple's desire to only sell shows in the US.
Remember how long it took Apple to get licensing to sell music in other countries?
I'm pretty sure that if Apple could sell ALL content, no matter what it is, everywhere, they would do so.

No one really doubts that, do they?

No doubt at all.
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Originally posted by melgross
People have to begin to understand that it's not Apple's desire to only sell shows in the US.

Remember how long it took Apple to get licensing to sell music in other countries?

I'm pretty sure that if Apple could sell ALL content, no matter what it is, everywhere, they would do so.

No one really doubts that, do they?

I know they're probably working on it. I just posted to say that I'm sick of seeing all these press releases week after week and not seeing anything appear up here in Canada. Which is why all I really requested is that they bundle the press releases together, not give me a bunch of shows. Is that too much to ask? It was more of a sarcastic post really, since I probably wouldn't buy any shows if they became available anyways.
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I know they're probably working on it. I just posted to say that I'm sick of seeing all these press releases week after week and not seeing anything appear up here in Canada. Which is why all I really requested is that they bundle the press releases together, not give me a bunch of shows. Is that too much to ask? It was more of a sarcastic post really, since I probably wouldn't buy any shows if they became available anyways.

Well, Apple has to market what they do have as best they can. they have to let as many people as possible know, as soon as possible, about all new content.

What would be the purpose for Apple and its providers to allow new content to be buried until some undefined time in the future? That just means lost sales. Bad idea.

So, ok, while I understand your satire, it's still a point that must be addressed, because many people feel this way seriously. so they should understand.
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copyright law is different in other countries.

In Russia, for instance, you can pretty much steal as much music as you want, legally.

Therefore, Apple will never open iTMS in Russia.

France is about ready to essentially make Apple's business model illegal. If they do that, I hardly see Apple changing iPods just for France. Most likely, Apple will retreat operations and focus on other markets.

I'd go into a tyrade about france right now but I don't have the time.

As far as I can tell, the only countries Apple doesn't have full operations up in are either tiny markets or have laws that don't respect IP very much.

Back to the topic of 'E!'.. That channel sucks, why is this news?

I'd rather have the sci-fi network have stargate and atlantis on there. I haven't had cable or even a television since september of last year; it'd be nice to have some commercial-free shows available outside of bittorrent.
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Back to the topic of 'E!'.. That channel sucks,...

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France is about ready to essentially make Apple's business model illegal. If they do that, I hardly see Apple changing iPods just for France..

I thought that got voted down?
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Originally posted by slughead

Back to the topic of 'E!'.. That channel sucks, why is this news?

I'd rather have the sci-fi network have stargate and atlantis on there. I haven't had cable or even a television since september of last year; it'd be nice to have some commercial-free shows available outside of bittorrent. [/B]

It sucks for you. But then, you are only you. The channel is popular enough that it is an important addition. I know people (I'm not one, as I watch many of their shows, they have some good new ones) who think the Sci Fi channel sucks. There's no accounting for taste.

But, As I keep repeating, though some never bother to read earlier posts, Apple will sell any content, to anyone, if they are ALLOWED to license it.

This is pretty simple, and obvious. Why are people here still complaining?

Those who own the content are expected to do what they think they have to, in order to maximize their return on investment. If they don't think that iTunes will do that, they won't license their content for sale there. They get far more money selling their content as re-runs. They are also concerned that by putting content on iTunes, they devalue their content for future broadcast, and damage their relationships with the local stations which depend upon re-runs for most of their income, and viewership. This is a very big problem in the industry right now. Most content providers are therefore taking it slow.

The only way to convince them otherwise is to buy the content that is already there.

When iTunes is selling 50 million videos a month, most other content will move over as well. Right now there is little money to be made there, except for a few shows.
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I thought that got voted down?

They left Apple an out.

If Apple gets letters fron the content owners saying that they want the content sold by Apple to ONLY work with Fairplay, on devices Apple designates, Apple won't have to open up their eco-system. This goes for any other company as well.
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Originally posted by slughead
I'd rather have the sci-fi network have stargate and atlantis on there. I haven't had cable or even a television since september of last year; it'd be nice to have some commercial-free shows available outside of bittorrent.

Ditto.
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Originally posted by BRussell
It's too bad, but I think there are licensing issues that prevent it. These TV shows have probably just never considered the possibility of being shown in different countries. There's a lot of music in other countries' music stores that I'd like to get too. I bet they have a lot of incentive to sell them internationally though - with the flip of a switch, they could triple their market. So I think it will come once the lawyers get it figured out.

I'm not sure also what they'd do with the BBC in the UK. It could be that non-UK residents will get to buy BBC shows sold via iTunes before UK residents. The licence fee here in theory means that the shows should be free and that's the policy the BBC has adopted so far with their IP based TV services in the UK. I can't see Apple giving away free BBC programs. They could however sell classic programs as they do now on DVD.

Sky, ITV and Channel 4 here have been selling their shows online for some time via their websites but sadly, only to Windows DRM users. You can for example buy Lost, which is shown on Channel 4 here for 99p an episode - cheaper than from Apple in the USA.

Again, it's looking like Apple have missed the first boat but as has been shown so far, that doesn't mean they won't catch up quick.
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I'm not sure also what they'd do with the BBC in the UK. It could be that non-UK residents will get to buy BBC shows sold via iTunes before UK residents. The licence fee here in theory means that the shows should be free and that's the policy the BBC has adopted so far with their IP based TV services in the UK. I can't see Apple giving away free BBC programs. They could however sell classic programs as they do now on DVD.

Sky, ITV and Channel 4 here have been selling their shows online for some time via their websites but sadly, only to Windows DRM users. You can for example buy Lost, which is shown on Channel 4 here for 99p an episode - cheaper than from Apple in the USA.

Again, it's looking like Apple have missed the first boat but as has been shown so far, that doesn't mean they won't catch up quick.

We get BBC A here, at least on Time Warner. Of course it's not buying downloads, but it's interesting that the BBC does bring shows over. I've been watching HEX. There are some nutty shows there. I forget the name, but one has these two "friends?" competing. Really nutty
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We get BBC A here, at least on Time Warner. Of course it's not buying downloads, but it's interesting that the BBC does bring shows over. I've been watching HEX. There are some nutty shows there. I forget the name, but one has these two "friends?" competing. Really nutty

HEX isn't a BBC product, it's a Sky TV show aka Fox aka Rupert Murdoch.

Not sure what other show you mean.
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HEX isn't a BBC product, it's a Sky TV show aka Fox aka Rupert Murdoch.

Not sure what other show you mean.

The intricacies of British television are too complex for us to totally understand over here, as I suppose is ours to you. All I know is that it's on BBC A, not Fox.

The show is Ed vs. Spenser.
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The intricacies of British television are too complex for us to totally understand over here, as I suppose is ours to you. All I know is that it's on BBC A, not Fox.

The show is Ed vs. Spenser.

That's a Sky program too. So both the shows you like on BBC America, aren't actually by the BBC. :-)

I've not seen either since Sky TV involves having a satellite dish on the side of your house. A bit chavvy and I can't stand commercial TV anyway.
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That's a Sky program too. So both the shows you like on BBC America, aren't actually by the BBC. :-)

I've not seen either since Sky TV involves having a satellite dish on the side of your house. A bit chavvy and I can't stand commercial TV anyway.

Well, believe me, with Ed vs. Spencer, you're not missing anything, unless you like truely childish programming. Too bad that we also have great shows like this.
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If a tree falls and no one hears it, then it means nothing. Nobody watches E!.
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Nobody watches E!.

I did when I had cable. The Soup is a brilliant program. I could never wait for the next time they'd make fun of Tyra or Entertainment Tonight.
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I did when I had cable. The Soup is a brilliant program. I could never wait for the next time they'd make fun of Tyra or Entertainment Tonight.

I used to watch the very early episodes of The Soup, like five or six years ago. It was very good back then. 8)
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If a tree falls and no one hears it, then it means nothing. Nobody watches E!.

Actually, lots of people do.
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