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Already asked a similar question a while back on the spleen forums without much avail, but has anyone made any proper archives of early Prequel TV broadcasts W/O/C? Obviously there are a thousand and one OT broadcasts recordings, and there are the HDTV rips of I - VI, but those are obviously lacking adverts and bumpers.

I’ve got 2/3rds of a W/O/C ROTS broadcast from 2019 and a very poor-quality TPM W/O/C broadcast from the early 00s somewhere I believe. If anyone could point me in the right direction of any PT W/O/C recordings it’d be greatly appreciated. I’ve already combed the usual places.

Similarly I’ve got some oddity “Part I and Part II” (movie split in half, separated by a large ad block and both halves of the film given different classification ratings) W/O/C broadcasts of Rogue One, TFA and TLJ if anyone is interested. I don’t care for the Disney stuff, I just grabbed them when they were shown on TV because I thought it was a bit weird.

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oojason said:

It may be worth sending a polite PM to Rikter and none to see what they know about these broadcasts mate (IMHO they know a LOT about this sort of content).

Good luck with it 👍
 

Thanks for the heads up - will do!

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Good idea for a thread, an area not investigated. By this time the movies were premiering on pay tv so the WOC versions were not recorded and shared as often. This tread can be used to create a list of the general rebroadcast years/channel and with some research the premieres and other special broadcasts might come to light which might lead to someone saying, hey i’ve got that.

The FOX Premieres of two of the PT movies would start this off. Think i’ve got a poor VHS of TPM and AOTC which i’ve not digitized yet.

TPM Fox Premiere : Nov 25 : w/ R2-D2: Under the Dome
http://ncamftp.wgbh.org/ncam-old-site/about/news/pr_11202001.html

AOTC Fox Premiere Intro : ~2005 : w/ SW Connections (if i’m recalling right)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXlfOmb5CPE

https://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/starwars_tv/
Quote: "Over a decade later–on Sunday, November 25th, 2001–Fox premiered Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. The film ranked 17th for the week with a 9.8 rating and was seen by almost 18 million viewers [20], [21]. On Sunday, May 22nd, 2005, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones was only able to draw roughly 8.5 million viewers [22].

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith never aired on network TV. It made its basic cable premiere on Spike TV on Sunday, April 6th, 2008 on Spike."

Don’t recall finding any recordings of the Spike broadcasts as they aired. The basic cable channels did some themed bumpers at times so hopefully someone’s got a full recording somewhere.

Another possible WOC recording might have taken place when TNT/TBS did marathons. For example:
https://deadline.com/video/star-wars-jimy-kimmel-live-special-abc-marathon-tnt-ahead-of-the-rise-of-skywalker-bow/

Some OT.com threads:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Spike-TV-buys-Saga-tv-rights/id/3483 (2005)
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Spike-TV-ROTJ-Summary/id/9231 (2008)
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/TV-Guide-info-about-OT-movies-on-Spike/id/12975 (2011)
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/TNT-Network-20-September-6-Star-Wars-Movies/id/51458 (2016)
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Any-Star-Wars-TV-stuff-coming-up/id/1977/page/1 (2005-2015)

I think going through video hosting sites like youtube might provide the best leads, beside WOC forums.

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Good idea for a thread, an area not investigated. By this time the movies were premiering on pay tv so the WOC versions were not recorded and shared as often.

This is what I figured as well. I’ve got a ROTS recording from Action Max, I believe the channel is? From around 2006 or '07, but that’s definitely a pay-per-view rip with the channel bug in the corner of the screen, no bumpers or adverts.

Definitely a good idea to start making an archive of info/releases as you mentioned, especially as free to air TV starts to fall by the wayside.