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August 4, 2015

Why Canadians Missed Out on JK Rowling Episode of Who Do You Think You Are

Why Canadians Missed Out on JK Rowling Episode Who Do You Think You Are?
Last week Canadians saw many promos for the upcoming episode on Who Do You Think You Are? featuring J.K. Rowling. TV guides showed that it would be airing Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern. 

But Canadians found themselves watching a repeat of an earlier episode with Cynthia Nixon. Twitter started buzzing with annoyed Canadians posting on TLC's Twitter Feed, wanting to know what was going on. Facebook also saw its share of questions on TLC Facebook page. But no answers were forthcoming.

However I reached out in private communications with my TLC contacts and am pleased to provide my readers with the explanation of why Canadians could not watch the J.K. Rowling episode.
Apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced. TLC Canada sometimes has different programming than TLC in the United States. At this time, the J.K. Rowling episode is only airing in the U.S. and unfortunately, there is no way for us to prevent the U.S. promos from airing in Canada."
It's straightforward and makes perfect sense. The rights to air a program in Canada can be prohibitively expensive.  And so the airing is denied which is why Canadians often get the blank screen on You-Tube or TV station sites that announce they are unable to display the video to anyone in Canada. 

Bottom line: If you live in Canada, unless you have a proxy server set up on your computer you may not be able to view the J.K. Rowling episode. I believe the original UK version is available on YouTube.  As a TLC screener I had private access to it and really enjoyed it. So if you get the chance, be sure to watch it.


Dianne Nolin said...

Three of my shows on different channels aired last weeks episodes this week. One was Amazing Race Canada !!! The other was Canada Sings. Don't know WHAT is going on!

Miss Kitty said...

The British series "Who do you think you are" should be available on youtube. I watched the JK Rowling Episode on youtube about a year ago and it was a lot better than the US version. The funny thing is that the US version seems to a excact copy of the British version, except the British is a little more delailed and longer.

Ann Duffy said...

what I want to know is why we cannot see any Canadian WDYTYA on "youtube". I have watched all the British ones, most Irish ones, all Austrailian and some other countries, including USA. Why in Canada can we not see the Canadian episodes. Don Cherry's was only 12 minutes.