Lee Pressman has kindly let me know the latest progress on the campaign for an official T-Bag series DVD. The great news is that Fremantle are currently progressing digitising and clearing rights on T-Bag, once this has been completed they intend to make T-Bag available as a digital download (either to own or to rent). If (or when!) this proves successful they would then move on to an official DVD launch.
This is great news for all T-Bag fans around the world and finishes off 2007 to a tea! But please keep on signing the DVD petition and letting others know about the petition.
I've had another e-mail from Lee Pressman who has been in contact with Fremantle recently and the T-Bag downloads are still in progress and the rights issues are taking up all this time and we may have T-Bag downloads by the end of the year!
This is great news after months of waiting but we've just to be patient a while longer...
If the downloads prove to be successful this may lead on to a DVD release so we still urge people to sign the DVD petition to keep the momentum going. The link to the petition is below:
I've recently had an update from Lee Pressman about the progress Fremantle are making with the digital downloads of T-Bag episodes.
The Rights team are finalising the digital rights and everything is progressing well. Although no specific timeframe can be given this may be completed within the next few months.
In the meantime we would continue to direct people to sign the DVD release petition (link above), the more momentum our campaign for a release gets the more attractive a full DVD release becomes - 3000 signature is getting very close indeed!
As far as I know Fremantle still intend to release the series as digital downloads and they must have been doing something during the past years and months since they first announced they planned to release the episodes (in December 2007). They must have made substantial progress during this time. Although I don’t understand all the depth that ‘clearing the digital rights’ involves but it must include clearing all music, sound effects and negotiations over the guest cast appearances.
I asked both Lee and Grant what they thought the delay has been with releasing the series as part of an interview for the 25th anniversary updates at the High-T Website, and you can read their replies at the website. The reason of the delay seems to be only known by Fremantle but I’m sure they still want to release the series but share your frustration as Fremantle have several programmes in its archives that would be great if they released them i.e. C.A.B .
The only thing us fans can do is be patient and try to get as much interest for the series’ release by promoting the DVD petition (sign it here if you’ve not done so already) alongside the revamped High-T Website and this Forum. I’m sure there is a huge interest in the series (the petition currently stands at 3233 signatories) and Fremantle surely takes note of this (at December 2007 it stood at over 2500 so the more signatures we get the better).
If there is any more news on the potential release I will post it here and on the website and with T-Bag celebrating its 25th anniversary year now would be a perfect time to release the series.