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Jan 09-03-2013 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by cornholio1980 (Post 108049)
Just to make sure: I'm not saying I won't do anything at all :D. I already liked the Facebook-page, bought one of the t-shirts (even though postage was rather expensive with around $ 20), and plan on including #FreeBabylon5 in my forum signatures around the World Wide Web as soon as I find the time to do so.

Cool, thanks.

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But when it comes to some sort of letter campain to SyFy etc., I don't really see myself participating.
Not meaning to put you on the spot, but can you tell why you resist that part? Even if we're able to make it really easy, like a few clicks and an email is sent? I'm sincerely interested in knowing.

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That pictures's missing King of Queens, by the way. They mentioned it once in an episode, outing spence as a "Babylon 5" fan :).
Yeah, I think somebody's let Ranger Tracy know about that one.

And by the way, a very preliminary web page is up at http://freebabylon5.com/ :D

Jan

cornholio1980 09-03-2013 02:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jan (Post 108050)
Not meaning to put you on the spot, but can you tell why you resist that part? Even if we're able to make it really easy, like a few clicks and an email is sent? I'm sincerely interested in knowing.

It has nothing to do with how easy or how hard you make it. Hey, I'm one of the guys that back in the day took part in the REAL letter campaign concerning The Memory of Shadows, with those B5 bucks ;). I just wouldn't know how or what I should argue, given that I'm from Austria. What reason could I give why it is important for me personally that B5 is shown on TV in the US? And what would WB think if they'd check those letters/signatures/whatever and find out that while it's about broadcasting in the US, say half of them are from international fans? I actually think that it could hurt the campaign - like we're trying to trick them or something.

And while I MAY be willing to write WB, when it comes to wirting to channels (like SyFy) or streaming services directly, I really can't see why they should care when an Austrian guy wants them to show/stream the show in the US ;).

Jan 09-03-2013 03:05 PM

Thanks, that's helpful. And you make good points. For those of you non-USians, I was thinking of a letter to WB simply asking them to make B5 available for syndication re-runs and/or streaming and not mention any country at all. I agree that it might hurt if you tried to masquerade as being here in the states but I think it would be helpful for WB to learn how international the fanbase is.

Jan

Ubik 09-03-2013 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 108052)
For those of you non-USians, I was thinking of a letter to WB simply asking them to make B5 available for syndication re-runs and/or streaming and not mention any country at all.
Jan

My logic might be totally flawed here, but surely B5 is always available for re-runs / streaming providing a TV channel or streaming service is willing to pay for it?!

Have WB taken it 'off the shelf' so to speak? Am I wrong in thinking it's freely available to a willing buyer / network?

JoeD80 09-03-2013 06:34 PM

Not sure...for some reason Netflix and Hulu both stopped streaming it. But with the message on hulu being "go to thewb.com to watch this show" it seems a competitive move that WB was making to have people go use their streaming service instead. It's on VUDU, but you have to pay per episode so WB probably sees more of a direct profit there rather than being just another show among many streaming shows.

That's all just speculation by me though.

I have no idea how much the syndication package would actually cost for a channel like SyFy to pick it up; but Star Trek and all its spinoffs seem to get plenty of airplay. It seems like it probably wouldn't cost much to just throw in Babylon 5 as well.

cornholio1980 09-04-2013 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 108052)
Thanks, that's helpful.

You're welcome. Glad that I could help :). One thing that we may take from that is to make two campaigns, one for US-fans, and one for international "fivers". Just a suggestion.

Sinclair's Fan 09-04-2013 03:08 AM

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Originally Posted by cornholio1980 (Post 108049)

That pictures's missing King of Queens, by the way. They mentioned it once in an episode, outing spence as a "Babylon 5" fan :).

Flight Of The Conchords, too. They even wore B5 / Crusade uniforms in one (possibly more?) episode(s). Maybe we could make several posters, or would that be overkill? What do you chaps and lasses think?

Also, a video-clip set to B5 music and showing how cool the series is, spanning Sinclair, Sheridan, Lochley, Gideon, and even David Martell, might be a good idea, too. If I remember, Dave Narn was particularly good at making those...

:D:D:D

Jan 09-04-2013 09:49 AM

Both good ideas! I've got *no* talent in those areas but as the website expands, I want to have a page with signs and banners and memes and the like can be found and used by the fans. Videos would be wonderful, too.

Jan

Jan 09-04-2013 10:13 AM

Nice article about JMS' posts here:
http://www.blastr.com/2013-9-4/strac...edium=facebook

I've posted a comment to spread the word about the effort to get loud and get organized.

Jan

KoshN 09-04-2013 10:16 AM

Any idea why http://www.tfund.com/FreeBabylon5Green is


Sorry, this fundraiser has been removed from Tfund.

If you have placed an order for this fundraiser, you should be receiving a refund shortly.



Did one side HAVE TO win?


I was going to get one of each (for myself).

Jan 09-04-2013 10:21 AM

I'll check with Rangers Jenny and Tracy. Our understanding (last I heard) was that sales would go on for the full 21 days.

Please stand by...your question is important to us...<recorded voice>

Huh. I just used my bookmarked link and it worked fine: http://www.tfund.com/FreeBabylon5GreenT

Looks like your link was missing the end T?

Jan

KoshN 09-04-2013 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jan (Post 108060)
I'll check with Rangers Jenny and Tracy. Our understanding (last I heard) was that sales would go on for the full 21 days.

Please stand by...your question is important to us...<recorded voice>

Huh. I just used my bookmarked link and it worked fine: http://www.tfund.com/FreeBabylon5GreenT

Looks like your link was missing the end T?

Jan

AHA!!!!! :eek: Purple didn't have a T at the end. Who set up these links, The Shadows? :rolleyes: :D

It looks like you have to do a separate order for each color. :rolleyes:

Dan Dassow 09-04-2013 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jan (Post 108060)
I'll check with Rangers Jenny and Tracy. Our understanding (last I heard) was that sales would go on for the full 21 days.

Please stand by...your question is important to us...<recorded voice>

Huh. I just used my bookmarked link and it worked fine: http://www.tfund.com/FreeBabylon5GreenT

Looks like your link was missing the end T?

Jan

Quote:

Originally Posted by KoshN (Post 108061)
AHA!!!!! :eek: Purple didn't have a T at the end. Who set up these links, The Shadows? :rolleyes: :D

It looks like you have to do a separate order for each color. :rolleyes:

I wonder whether the t-shirts will be available on grurple or preen.

Sinclair's Fan 09-04-2013 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jan (Post 108057)
Both good ideas! Videos would be wonderful.

Jan

Thanks! :) By coincidence, I was going to set Dave a little challenge next time we got talking anyhow....

:D

Sinclair's Fan 09-04-2013 01:51 PM

:)


PS. Here's a pic of the Conchords in their Crusade and B5 uniforms...
http://twitpic.com/show/large/dhgd2

...and here's a vid link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vtAMJBACtc

:D Enjoy :D


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