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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Yes, they definitely don't have the awful enhanced outlines and garish colours of the remastered versions.
HD
HybridDaDink London London
Channel 4 just showed the episode 'Bart's Comet' at 6pm in a cropped, widescreen format. Is this due to Disney or Sky or has it been like this for a long time?

I have done some searching and it looks like they have been doing this for about a year now. And it was the same episode! https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSimpsons/comments/a8l4ic/channel_4_has_now_started_airing_the_hd_versions/
S7
sbahnhof 7
There used to be a really good site called "Snipsons" which detailed all the BBC and Channel 4 cuts, but it stopped being updated circa 2001, obviously long before Channel 4 was running it.


Is the site still up or has been sold to a public domain?


Sadly it's been about a decade since this [simpsonscrazy.com] was last updated. I remember contributing to either this or the Snipsons website years ago - as mentioned on there, Sky began "uncutting" some older episodes early in the year 2000, mostly those with the words "ass" and "crap" which by then were deemed suitable for pre-watershed viewing, along with several violent moments in Treehouse of Horror and Itchy & Scratchy episodes. There's posts by a 13 year old me(!) on the uk.media.tv.simpsons newsgroup noting that, as late as February 2002, a few were still edited but had been restored by June of that year. Not sure if it was a deliberate decision to remove the cuts or whether Sky simply got new copies of the episodes around this time, as the older seasons would swap between Sky and BBC2 every so often.

Words such as "*******" and "wanker" remained cut along with most edits from about the late 1990s onwards, although these were significantly reduced in edits compared to the early-mid 1990s episodes.


Most websites from 2000 are gone - only stored on the Web Archive, if at all

This is the original Snipsons site
- http://web.archive.org/web/20010512123039/www.depro.co.uk/simpcuts-1.html
- http://web.archive.org/web/20010512123833/www.depro.co.uk/simpcuts-2.html
- http://web.archive.org/web/20010627060302/www.depro.co.uk/simpcuts-3.html
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Most websites from 2000 are gone - only stored on the Web Archive, if at all


What I think you meant to say is "websites that were around in 2000 and have since vanished" - some websites are still around today that were started in the 1990s, but of course today they look nothing like how they did in 2000 or even the previous decade.

Actual examples are CERN (first ever website from 1992, still around today), Bloomberg and IMDb, both launched in 1993, followed in 1994 by Fogcam (still around today, was threatened with closure but survived), the BBC and Microsoft.
AG
AxG Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Obligatory Space Jam link.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
As this is TV Forum, surely this link would be more appropriate.
GE
thegeek Founding member London London
As this is TV Forum, surely this link would be more appropriate.

or this one?
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
As this is TV Forum, surely this link would be more appropriate.

or this one?


Cor!
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
It seemed to become less of a thing in/around the early 2000s with series like 24 and Lost, with Sky hoovering up rights across Pay and FTA.


There was a - I think publicly stated - change of strategy from Sky around 2005 / 2006 where they bought the FTA rights as well. They felt they weren’t getting the value if a FTA channel could show the series 6 months later as a lot of people were just prepared to wait.

Worth remembering the main (if not only) reason E4 started was so that C4 could have a pay TV outlet for Friends and ER. Around 1998 Sky had nabbed the pay TV rights and got to show them first. C4 couldn’t afford (or justify) buying the pay TV rights without an outlet for them, so when the rights came up again they put in a big bid - and took other Warner Bros produced shows like The West Wing, bought the pay TV rights for Dawson’s Creek and Ally McBeal to add to them as well - and created E4 as their pay TV channel to show them.

And then most shows were I think shown with the week - in the case of Friends I think it premiered on Thursdays on E4 then aired 24 hours later on C4.
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BA
bilky asko Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
As this is TV Forum, surely this link would be more appropriate.

or this one?

or even this one?
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
Has it really been ten years since the last Nick Harvey Comment?
AG
AxG Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
or even this one?

Wow, I think ClearType makes that harder to read.

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