FOX: How long will syndication delay Angel?

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As everyone else is getting Angel Season 1 VERY soon, I have to ask. How long will syndication delay us getting THIS series?
Please just give us a guesstimate, 1 year? 2 years? We won't hold you to it, but please, you can't expect those of us who are region-free to wait 2 years for something we can have today
And have measures been taken to ensure that another Buffy SNAFU doesn't happen again?
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I hope this doesn't take as long as the Buffy fiasco... Region 2 has the first THREE seasons of Buffy on DVD (and has had since 3 came out at the end of October), and Angel: Season One is set to street on December 10th. Region 1? We're still waiting, holding our breath that Buffy S1 will actually ship on Jan 15, 2001 like the press releases tell us. We've been pushed back how many times so far??
From where I sit, there's 3 sides to all of these situations... our side, the studio's side, and the TRUTH. I don't believe the B.S. the studios try to snow us with... syndication, copyrights, blah blah blah... simply because they are large businesses, and I know how large businesses work. But I also don't pretend to know all the details of the situation either... it's an unfortunate, sticky situation.
Come one, Fox... you scored a Perfect 10 with the X-Files boxed sets... why this nonsense with Buffy/Angel?
 

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Um... It's worth noting that the "X-Files" sets are so far material that's at least four years old, and not really comparable to TV material that hasn't gotten its third-run airings yet (heck, has "Angel" even had its third-run rights sold?).
 

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We've been pushed back how many times so far?? said:
I don't think anyone at Fox Home Video is trying to pull anything over on us. FHV doesn't have anything to gain by keeping these sets off the shelves. I place the blame on Twentieth Television, who seems to want to avoid any full season releases of series that haven't had an opportunity to rake in any cash in the far more lucrative syndication market. It's disappointing since I don't think the availability of season boxes would significantly impact viewership on cable/syndication, but if I were a Fox exec and asked to choose between releasing DVD box sets and losing sales from skittish stations in syndication or keeping full seasons out of stores for a while, I'd almost certainly make the same decision Fox apparently has.
In all honesty, I'm not expecting any Angel sets stateside until late 2003. I wouldn't complain if they were released earlier, though.

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Yes, I read the "2 years" article as well. All I want to know is whether they've managed to work something out that will keep it from being too much longer.
 

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TheoGB,
Well, I for one will GLADLY wait for the widescreen edition, as long as they're ANAMORPHIC!! Mmmm... full 16:9 looks GOOD on my TV...

If Fox releases the first season of Angel (or S5 & S6 of the X-Files for that matter) in letterboxed widescreen, I am going to be ALL kinds of hacked off...
Maybe if we start the campaign now... *evil grin*
 

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Well I'm not buying it because it's not widescreen (same reason I'm not buying Buffy S3, actually) and also because it seems to have less extra content than the Buffy sets have (only 2 commentaries, from what I remember).
Even a letterboxed Angel S1 would have more information than the 4:3 and would be worth buying for me.
I already own all the Buffy and Angel series on VHS, as I was forced to do this from not having sky/digital and wanted to actually see them in some reasonable timeframe. So for me, not buying it ain't so bad.

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If you want widescreen Buffy 1-3, or Angel Season 1, enjoy your wait. It'll be a LONG time. That's all I can say
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