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Old 17-02-2013, 01:51
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I've got a Radio Times guide to films which runs into hundreds of pages listing 10s of thousands of films.

I often wonder what happens to the large numbers of films that never get broadcast?

Say, for example you take a relatively 'classic' film like How to Murder Your Wife with Jack Lemon (or any other film that never gets shown)....are there TV companies that have rights to them or do they just lie dormant in some archive somewhere in the hope some company will pick them up sometime?

Just curious (and furious!) about the high rotation of the small number of films that do get shown on TV in this country.
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Old 17-02-2013, 04:03
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Yes it is very odd. Lots of great films are sort of lost to time because they never get any showing on TV.

Although thanks to services like Netflix and so on, they will have a second chance at life.

Its like how music was very stilted till easy access to music online came about (both legal and illegal), it meant that lots of stuff that was lost to time came back and had a new lease of life. Hopefully TV and film will have this change with them being streamed and such.
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Old 17-02-2013, 05:28
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I stand to be corrected but didn't some company (TCM ? ) buy a shed load of classics up a while back and now restricts the showing rights?
YouTube is the best thing since sliced bread for anybody into old/classic movies with more and more being uploaded every day by enthusiasts just like you.
Just make the most of it until the copyright Nazis catch on to it.
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