Review: e2 Рparis: v̩lo libert̩ Рwhere is the archive?

E2 is a great PBS series on where things are headed for humans and how we are trying to live in better harmony with the planet Earth. Brad Pitt narrates it so its cool factor is up there. Add to this that all the shots are at least half out of focus and you have modern hipster all tied up.

The latest one covered Paris’ bicycling revolution with the “public-private Vélib’ bike initiative”. Its a pretty cool system where you are encouraged to make short, 30 minute or less, trips with public bikes. Read more here to get the details.

I really enjoyed this episode and wanted to share it with many people. The problem is that the only way to see it is to either have a TV or buy the episodes from iTunes or on DVD. I think this is very lame because the show is publicly and privately funded and is great public service information, which is to say that no one is going to buy it.
Maybe they need to cut their budget a bit: I am pretty sure you can get someone for less than Mr. Pitt goes for, and all the artsy editing and photography could be cut out.

I wrote PBS a message, you should too.

Oh and please RT this and please leave a comment below. This is your tax dollars, you should get to see what you already paid for.

4 Replies to “Review: e2 – paris: vélo liberté – where is the archive?”

  1. Hey Roger, just wanted to clear a few things up from your post. Even though our series is on PBS, there was no public funding involved, so none of your tax-dollars went in to score Mr. Pitt ;)

    If you want to share the video with people, go to our website http://www.e2-series.com, and click on Webcasts, you will be able to view the episode there, as well as some of our other episodes you might take a liking too.

    Also, PBS is starting to put a lot of their content online at http://video.pbs.org A few e2 series shows are up there right now, but not Paris: Velo Liberte.

    1. Hi kontenteral,

      Thanks for the response and clarification about the tax dollars. So PBS isn't buying the show from you to present on TV?

      Thanks for also showing me where the webcasts are available. Have you considered making those available for torrent download? It would save you a lot of bandwidth and make it easier for people to watch them?

      I really enjoy this series but it seems very difficult to actually watch them. I understand that PBS has their own policies and that is why I am raising a stink about this.

  2. Hey Roger, just wanted to clear a few things up from your post. Even though our series is on PBS, there was no public funding involved, so none of your tax-dollars went in to score Mr. Pitt ;)

    If you want to share the video with people, go to our website http://www.e2-series.com, and click on Webcasts, you will be able to view the episode there, as well as some of our other episodes you might take a liking too.

    Also, PBS is starting to put a lot of their content online at http://video.pbs.org A few e2 series shows are up there right now, but not Paris: Velo Liberte.

  3. No problem. We as producers pitch our show to PBS in hopes that they will broadcast it. All of the funding comes from the underwriters to make the show. PBS does not pay to air any of the shows you see.

    Some local PBS stations have their own productions, most notably WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston. A lot of the funding for those productions comes from the CPB, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is affiliated with PBS, but is a private, nonprofit company.

    As long as the shows are being broadcast on PBS, we are not able to make them available for torrent downloads, it is a good idea though. And actually PBS is surprisingly good about getting out the content on the internet. They are always reaching out to new video websites, and adding their shows to them. With the exception of torrent download, which I don't foresee them adding their stuff to any time soon, only because it is not as easily managed or tracked.

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