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Nuwanda
11-03-2013, 06:29 AM
If a channe, such as BBC2, has show that does well and sells the rights to America's SyFy channel, can reruns of the first season still be shown on BBCAmerica?Th

anks for the help!

Old Hack
11-03-2013, 01:29 PM
It depends on which rights they sell.

benbenberi
11-04-2013, 12:30 AM
And for how long.

Russell Secord
11-04-2013, 04:24 AM
Typically, you sell syndication rights for a specific market. If SyFy buys the US rights for a show, they carry it in the US, period. The BBC can carry the same show in the UK or anywhere else that carries their channel.

Interestingly, the Beeb has a BBC America channel, which shows a lot of SF. They wouldn't want to syndicate one of their own shows in the US if they carried it on their own channel--why compete against themselves?

Nuwanda
11-04-2013, 12:34 PM
Ok. Thank you Russell! That's the sort of response I was looking for.

benbenberi
11-05-2013, 04:04 AM
Interestingly, the Beeb has a BBC America channel, which shows a lot of SF. They wouldn't want to syndicate one of their own shows in the US if they carried it on their own channel--why compete against themselves?

But also interestingly, BBC America has to buy the shows it wants to carry on the open market, just like any other channel -- which means it doesn't necessarily have automatic dibs on BBC shows if another channel (like SyFy) is willing to pay more for the rights. (So SyFy got the first run of Merlin, & BBCA only got the rebroadcast.) Also it isn't locked into BBC asa supplier but can also buy shows from anywhere else it pleases - hence the amount of ITV programming that shows up, and also the heavy rotation of things like ST:TNG that don't have anything at all to do with British TV.

Nuwanda
11-17-2013, 10:08 AM
Wow. That is really interesting! Thank you for the insight!