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Monday
Jul022012

Big Brother Gossip Show #17: BBUK's Benedict Garrett

One of the most intriguing, and controversial, Big Brother contestants I have ever seen is Benedict Garrett from this year's UK edition. A former educator turned porn star, Benedict "shocked" a number of fellow housemates and a portion of the public with his open discussions on masturbation. With all of the big personalities given the boot in the early weeks (sound familiar?), Garrett was the third evictee of the season. Big Brother's loss is our gain, though, as he was open to any question perused by the lovely Ash or myself. 

After our time with Benedict was concluded, our very own Mike joined us to talk about the various rumors that have been floating around the US edition of Big Brother, which commences on July 12. We talk about the "mentors" rumors, BB6/7 Janelle's strange tweets, and today's unveiling of the house.

This was quite the episode, and should be entertaining to fans of both the UK and US editions of the show.

Once again, this is also a great time to remind everybody that due to a change in providers you will have to resubscribe to continue to automatically receive each episode. If you listen via Stitcher(http://www.stitcher.com/listen.php?fid=16875) or Scott's Android/iPhone app for all of his podcasts (The Ledge), no changes are necessary. Since Apple doesn't allow you to delete a podcast, though, the old version is technically still in the iTunes store. That is a dead link, so you now have to subscribe to The Big Brother Gossip Show (mp3) at this link -http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/big-brother-gossip-mp3/id502746488 . If  you don't want to go the iTunes route, you can also directly subscribe to the new show's feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/bigbrothergossip, or directly download it by clicking

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I know this is confusing, but at least these changes are happening now instead of in the middle of next season! Special thanks to Mike, Ash and especially Benedict for their help on this episode, and please let me know what you think of this special broadcast!

Wednesday
Mar212012

Big Brother Gossip Show #14: BBUK's Tom O'Connell

This is actually a solo show...sort of. Lori, Ash, and Mike are not present on this episode, as it is Big Brother UK-oriented. Instead, I'm joined by Reality Nation's Karen Elise for a super lengthy interview with Big Brother Uk's Tom O'Connell. Besides the usual recaps of his time in the house, O'Connell dishes with us on all of the rumors surrounding the most recent season. It's a fascinating discussion on topics such as the lack of live feeds, the editing, the confusing Halloween nominations, and so much more.

This is also a good time to announce some changes to the hosting of the show. Like all of Scott's shows, the previous episodes were hosted on Mevio. Unfortunately, earlier this year Mevio ceased hosting of all audio-only programs. Too bad they didn't give any notice to the show producers, as hundreds of online shows suddenly had no home.

A new host has been found, though, and if you get the show via Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/listen.php?fid=16875) or Scott's Android/iPhone Ledge app you won't have to do anything differently. If you subscribe via iTunes, you will have to resubscribe. Since Apple doesn't allow you to delete a podcast, the old version is technically still in the iTunes store. That is a dead linke, though, as you now have to subscribe to The Big Brother Gossip Show (mp3) at this link - http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/big-brother-gossip-mp3/id502746488 . If  you don't want to go the iTunes route, you can also directly subscribe to the new show's feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/bigbrothergossip, or directly download it by clicking

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I know this is confusing, but at least these changes are happening now instead of in the middle of next season! Special thanks to Tom and Karen for their help on this episode, and please let me know what you think of this special episode!

 

Wednesday
Jul062011

What If There Were No More Live Feeds?

I have a question for you.  If the live feeds for Big Brother here in the U.S.A. were no longer available, would you still watch the shows?

The reason I ask that is because of what will be happening to The UK's Big Brother this season.  Channel 5, which has taken over the handling of Big Brother from Channel 4, will no longer be offering live feeds for our fellow BB diehards across the pond.

Channel 5 has decided to forego live streaming of their Big Brother content for video highlights.  There will be a Facebook app that will provide "real-time news, extra video content and the ability to vote out housemates online." (Don't get your feathers ruffled my fellow BB USA watchers, BB UK fans have always had the ability to vote out their hamsters.)  I don't know if their fans will also be able to vote out their houseguests the old fashioned way or view highlights and news also on the channel's website but I think all of this really sucks for them.

Despite what Mark Zuckerberg and the media want you to believe, not everybody is on Facebook - myself included - but that's beside the point. So they would have to pay for their vote to eliminate a houseguest with Facebook Credits (their own currency which you have to pay real money for). So they have the ability to watch exclusive video. So the social aspect of Facebook combined with The UK's Big Brother Facebook page will take away traffic from their Big Brother sites created by their fans. I could go on and on but I won't because what really sucks is they won't get to watch live feeds anymore.

As the article in that link above mentions, their live feeds were cut in 2009 but brought back for what was believed to have been their last season last year. With the switch to Channel 5 this year, their fans were hoping the live feeds would stay with them. They are quite disappointed now.

What if that were to happen here? What if CBS and Allison Grodner told Real Networks (or any other company that had the ability to provide the live feeds) that their services were no longer needed? What if CBS told us that we'll just have to make do with the clips they put on their website and that they would create a Facebook page for us to follow the goings on in the house?

Would you continue to be a Big Brother fan? Would you continue to watch the shows aired three times a week? Would you believe even less the 'storyline' that was fed to us on the show? Or would you just stop watching altogether?

I'm curious to read about what you think and what you would do if this were to happen here. Let your thoughts rip in the comments below!