America gets everything sooner than we do: - Movies. - Music. - TV shows. - Violent terrorist attacks... Why? Because they made it/own it, and decide they release it there first? Probably. While in the past one may be forgiven for figuring, "Oh there's some administration or dealing that has to occur for it to become available in Australia - so that's the reason for the delay & they're doing the best they can as quick as they can." Well, apparently the technical term for this reasoned delay is: "crap". Channel 7 announces they'll show Heroes and Prison Break the same day they air in the US. ... and their reasoning is beautiful... Heroes and Prison Break were among the most popular programs for downloaders and, if possible, would screen on the same day as the overseas telecasts. "There has been a thunderous demand online for this," Hark! 'Tis the sound of a small segment of industry waking up to progress! Technology marches on - we don't need to wait 16 weeks, wade through ad breaks, have plot-lines of our favourite shows spoilt by online or media discussion; broadband allows an increasing number of Australians to say "Well screw that, I'll just download it." and do it. Availability is no longer ransomed, to the empowered: the inevitable release of such TV shows anyway, inhibits a perception of theft. Delays in releases were arbitrary and by design to suit the 'suits'. The 'viewers' Down Under will now get fairer treatment, and it didn't take anyone standing up to be counted, petitioning the Prime Minister, or going on a hunger-strike. People just did what they wanted. The side-effect was reduced control and power by tv stations - and now they scramble to win the viewers back [their source of money and thus, power] with things like Improved Service and Better Availability. Why wasn't it done years ago? Because consumers didn't have an alternative. It is the genus of competetive availability, Netridians. We are witnesses. It will only get better from here. Tyrannical underhanded pioneers of Digital Rights Media, the RIAA must change or crumble eventually - there is money to be made, just differently.