Copper on BBC America Fine Television – out on Blu-ray

Now that Copper has concluded its first season, the waiting game begins. BBC America has plenty of other shows you might want to check out. Several people swear by Dr. Who, though that’s not my genre, plus there’s just so much I can DVR, watch, and blog about.

I received a tweet from @Copper today that the first season of Copper was out on Blu-ray at a really good price. You might want to purchase it and then you’ll have something to show your friends when they’re over for dinner and there’s just absolutely nothing worth watching on TV. You can pull it out and save the evening.

Just in case you might ask, Tom Weston-Jones is not available to deliver it personally (I already asked).

Here’s the info on it:

Copper: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

Starring: Tom Weston-Jones , Kevin Ryan , Ato Essandoh

Directed by: Jeff Woolnough

Produced by: Barry Levinson

Written by: Tom Fontana , Will Rokos

Welcome to turbulent New York City during the Civil War, where rough, restless Irish-American cop Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) patrols the teeming streets of lower Manhattan. Join Kevin on risky forays to the elegant, emerging black neighborhood on upper Fifth Avenue to seek help of his war buddy with his detective work. Will Kevin ever learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter? Seen on BBC America.

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In case you don’t have a Blu-ray, you should seriously think about getting one, especially on Black Friday. Check online at some of the top electronic sellers. They tend of have a lot of sales that are available “online” only. That’s how I got my rather expensive Blu-ray player for a super good price.

Plus you can play DVDs on it and they show just as good, if not better, than on a regular DVD player. And Blu-rays just offers a much bigger experience than just the “movie.”

The first season of Copper, available on Blu-ray

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2012-13 DVR Hits Tipping Point

Almost 46 percent of all households now own a DVR, up 4% from last year. We now watch less “live” TV, but more programming, thanks to DVRs (digital video recorders).

Younger viewers have been setting their own schedules via streaming, ondemand, delayed and what they have on their DVR, but new and returning shows “are adding significant audiences as nearly 46 percent of U.S. households now have a DVR (up from 42 percent last season)” according to The Hollywood Reporter 10.19.12.

From a February 29, 2012 Nielsen Wire article some old school and new school statistics dating back to 1960:

Then (1960): 7% of households received cable.
Then (1990): 56% received cable and 66% owned a VCR.
Then (2006): 89% of TV content is viewed live.

  • DVR usage accounts for 1.6% of our TV time.

Today:

  • 98% of homes own a TV and most have some kind of device hooked up to their television.
  • 85% of TV content is viewed live.
  • DVR usage accounts for 8% of our TV time.

With the increase of DVRs in viewer’s homes, episodes and series are now “scored” in a new way. For example, the second episode of NBC’s Revolution jumped more than 50% to a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing (according to The Hollywood Reporter 10.19.12).

If you look at Nielsen, who has been providing timely information on media and consumer trends on TV since 1950 (radio since 1930) their “source” states: Live viewing and DVR playback on the Same Day, defined as 3am-3am. Ratings are the percentage of TV homes in the U.S. tuned into television.

But the whole point of having a DVR is to watch a show when it’s convenient for you. Copper on BBC America comes on at 9pm CST on Sunday I’m fast asleep by then. Since it’s on DVR I’m not that much in a hurry to watch it, but because I really enjoy the show and love Tom Weston-Jones, I sit down on Monday night and watch it.

DISH’s new “Hopper” aka the commercial-killer was the talk of the cable show in Boston in late May this year. While the Hopper’s automatic ad-skipping is limited to recorded broadcast TV for now, cable networks and distributors said it was a worrisome development.

Sunday’s Copper was La Tempête in a Bottle

Tom Weston-Jones stars as Detective Kevin Corcoran on BBC America’s “Copper” Sundays, 10pm ET

Driving home in the rain last night, my mood lightened some when I realized I had a new episode of Copper waiting for me on my HD DVR. It was episode 5, which means we’re at the midpoint. I can tell from the comments on the website (bbcamerica.com/copper) that people are hoping it gets picked up for a second season (I’m definitely in that group).

I’m amazed by some of the comments of viewers that they can’t hear it or that it’s filmed too dark. I can think of only a handful of reasons why those television viewers are having problems. 1) they are watching it on an old television set; 2) they are watching it on a new television set without additional speakers; 3) they have the right set-up and always have surround sound on and do not know how to turn it off and/or adjust it.

For those who leave comments that it’s filmed too dark – come on people – read your television manual. Learn how to operate one of the most expensive pieces of equipment that you own (next to your car). There are different (automatic) settings you can experiment with.

Try it – please – but don’t comment about it on the website of a television show likes it’s their friggin’ fault! Now, on to important matters.

I love, love, love shows that make you feel like you’re not being … denied (for lack of a better word). FX’s Justified made me feel like that. Watching Copper, when the first commercial came, about 14 minutes into the TV Hour, I was overjoyed knowing I had at least 45 more minutes (including commercials).

In my first post about Copper I made an error when I said it was WRITTEN by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. Those two gentlemen are executive producers. I apologize. While I was tuttuling around the site this morning I found this little nugget of information: Copper’s series premiere delivered BBC America’s highest-rated telecast ever in Live +7 Day on Sunday, August 19. From what I understand about television numbers lingo, that’s nothing to be ashamed about.

If you still need a little shove, here it is:

“Copper” is more precious than Gold

Tom Weston-Jones and Kevin Ryan are “Coppers”

If you don’t have your TV set to BBC America on Sunday at 9pm, then you need to re-adjust either your schedule or at the least, set your DVR.

Copper is certainly for “adults only” but so is this blog. There’s sex and violence and swearing and drinking, corruption, intrigue, mystery and a fantastic story line. Plenty of historical information, beautiful sets and the men – especially Tom Weston-Jones are oh-la-la!

Copper is written by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson and Emmy Award winner Tom Fontana. It’s a gripping crime drama, set in 1864 New York.

There’s 10 episodes in the first season and you can catch the previous episode at 8pm CT and the new episode at 9pm CT.

Here’s a link to Copper‘s blog for complete (and delightful) recaps of each episode:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper/blog/