This is happening on TV broadcasts, too. The US syndicated HD version of Doc Martin: Series six also suffers from this horrible 24p slowdown. It's apparent from the very first second, when the opening theme music is pitched quite noticeably lower than before. The pitch on several of the voices, especially Ian MacNiece, stick out like a sore thumb. It's obvious these episodes were simply converted and not pitch-corrected. It really takes me "out of the show" and makes me not to even bother watching the rest until the Region 2 DVDs come out in March. Episode 2 (they've only shown two so far) was especially bad in this regard.
Series five (the first to be shot in HD) wasn't affected by slow-down. Presumably it was either converted to 1080i/60, or was (shudder) upscaled from a PAL master. Either is preferable to what's being supplied to PBS affiliates this time out.
I hope people complain loudly about this to their local PBS stations. I did.
The sad part is, after I posted the other night, I took a two dollar chance and bought episode 2 of Red Dwarf X from Amazon streaming.
It was perfect. The sound was right, the episodes ran at the proper 29+ minutes due to not suffering from the conversion problems... so I picked up the rest of the season to watch. Now, why the SD streaming versions of the episodes Amazon received are correct while the physical DVDs that cost twice as much are screwed up is anyone's guess.
And, hearing that this is happening to so many other British shows, I guess I'll just start buying the R2 versions of all these shows. They're usually out before the R1 versions (3 months between the R2 and R1 releases of Call The Midwife S3), and they don't suffer from these stupid mastering/authoring errors for no good reason.
What is this called, anyway? We have PAL Speedup, is this NTSC Slowdown?