The producers of Big Brother have decided to block the live feeds starting some time on Tuesday morning as they will be taping Wednesday's show. Since this show will also include the beginning of the final HoH competition - this will be blocked as well. My assumption is that the feeds will not return until 9pm Pacific on Wednesday night - which would be after the show airs in the west and the start of Big Brother After Dark on Showtime.
By the way - tonights Big Brother After Dark will also be 'blocked' of course - you will get to watch some taped 'live feeds' that you haven't seen before - maybe three hours of Tuesday morning before the feeds are stopped.
The theory behind this I assume is to prevent people from knowing Britney will be evicted (oops - shh!) and seeing who has won part one of the three part final HoH competition.
The Big Brother Producers have done this before - but usually on double eviction week (first time was BB6 when they actually blocked 2-3 days) and MUCH earlier in the season. By my recollection this will be the first time they have ever blocked the live feed viewers from seeing the final HoH endurance competition, unless you could All Stars where Mike Boogie jumped off and Janelle was disqualified before the show ended.
Frankly, as anyone that follows me on Twitter knows, I'm ticked off. As someone that promotes the live feeds all season long and brags how great they are - I feel a bit sheepish when Allison Grodner and company pulls this stuff. I know first hand that there is nothing Real (the ones that provide the feeds to us) can do about it - they are most likely just as mad as we are since blocked live feeds means no one is going to sign up on what normally would be the last big rush to check out the feeds. Starting Wednesday what's left to see? Three guys sitting around talking about how great they are? I'd rather watch the last few days of Natalie, Kevin and Jordan from season 11.
What can be done about it? Nothing - its not going to change. No matter what Allison says about valuing the live feed watchers - all she cares about is the TV ratings - which have been very good this season. What they don't to realize (or maybe believe) is that the live feed viewers and fans have been the thing that has kept Big Brother alive all these years - I am convinced that without all of us discussing the live feeds and telling people - the should would have gone away years ago. Without the live feed the online content would be very minimal. Big Brother is not Survivor - its not Amazing Race - but it does have the live feeds - which is why I watch. Without the live feeds I wouldn't have even watched the first season.
Want to voice your thougths? You can send Feedback to CBS via this link: http://bit.ly/cbsfeedback. Feel like talking to someone about it? Here is a link to Allison Grodner Productions posted back in 2009 (Still works): http://bit.ly/agproductions.
In the end someone that is at tonight's show will confirm that Britney was evicted and even let us know something about the endurance competition - and we will all tune in to see it on Wednesday just like we would have if we had seen it on the feeds. I don't miss any TV epside even though I know whats going to happen and have seen most of what is shown (or heard about it) already.
I suppose come Thursday we won't care much anymore - but the one thing I wanted to see live was Enzo, Hayden and Lane actually have to compete in an endurance competition none of them would try to throw. Now all we will get is the edited version - which as we know - is seldom the real version.
Adding insult to injury, turns out they shut off the feeds early, got the HGs up - and video taped them for 3 hours which is what they are now showing on Big Brother After Dark. So as "Live Feed" viewers we got screwed again.
What little I watched was Britney making a "Final Four" t-shirt. They discussed what they would wear tonight - Britney mentioned she would wear a black dress.