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Old 12-29-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default The Gutenberg Press (TV Program)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...tenberg_Press/

Available free till Monday, January 5, 2009.

"Stephen Fry examines the story behind the first media entrepreneur, printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg, to find out why he did it and how, a story which involves both historical enquiry and hands-on craft and technology. Fry travels across Europe to find out how Gutenberg kept his development work secret, about the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors and why Gutenberg's approach started a cultural revolution. He then sets about building a copy of Gutenberg's press."
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Does that mean most forum member cannot watch what I see on clicking Simon's URL?

   
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Thanks for the announcement. Is there any way for most of our members (those not in the U.K.) to view this film?

   
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Does that mean most forum member cannot watch what I see on clicking Simon's URL?
Apparently.

I haven't tried finding a proxy server in the UK and watching via that, but that way it should be possible (unless they block proxy servers, too!).

   
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See my reply to Michael - in theory, not tested, with a proviso.

   
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See my reply to Michael - in theory, not tested, with a proviso.
I don't understand why you should not see it, whereas I can—and did, the whole hour of it. It's a very good film.

I watched it just from Simon's link, but I could have downloaded it (417 Mbyte!); I did try, but I had nothing but trouble, and anyway it would only have lasted three weeks.

   
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Ah. I found the BBC explanation for exclusion of non-U.K. residents (a rights issue).

It also says this:
Rights agreements mean that BBC iPlayer television programmes are only available to users to download or stream (Click to Play) in the UK. However, BBC Worldwide is working on an international version, which we will make available as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, there is nothing to say that we outlanders will be able to see this particular film, at least not soon. They do not say much about timing, in fact.

   
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Apologies to all. I didn't realize there was a territorial restriction.

(Alternatively though, searching YouTube for "Stephen Fry Gutenberg" could yeld resutlts.)
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there is nothing to say that we outlanders will be able to see this particular film, at least not soon
That particular program is available (to UK residents) only until January 5. BBC says it is available 'free' for this time, which is only (as usual) what is normally allowed. The film could be made available on other television services, if they are willing to spend the dibs!

Stephen Fry makes one bad mistake: he says (several times) that he's going 'down' the Rhine from Mainz to Strasbourg.

   
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