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First of all, Jason, if this contravenes any rules please edit / delete to your discretion.
Just wanted to open this up to discussion. I've been a long time fan of Countdown (Now in my late forties) and watched it live with great relish during my early years and into my teens when it sadly ended. I've been taping Retro Month on and off since 1993 so I have a fairly large collection of Countdown Eps( transferred to DVD from VHS, straight to DVD from digital ) but have also missed quite a few. I've also gone to some lengths to author my DVD's on Dual Layer dics ( 4 eps ) and chapter all the performances, humdrums, top tens, printed covers etc.
I'm in the same position as others where I have missed episodes and several posters on this forum have come to my rescue but am still missing episodes. In most cases someone kindly says "PM me and I can burn you a copy" etc
Has anyone here considered sharing their Eps digitally? P2P / Fileshare ( dropbox / google / mega ). Is the lack of digital sharing with the community because of technical constraints ( slow down / up speeds) Is it digital snobbery? (i.e I want only episodes in HD using H.264 codec ?) or is it just a general feeling that this is far too complicated ?
I'm very amenable to this as long as it fosters some sharing rather than snatching. It would be a far quicker way to circulate Eps and allow you to do what you want with the file - burn it, keep it digitally, author it and so on. Is this a thing here or is the general practice DVD's by PM request then post ?
Just wanted to gauge the feeling out there. Thanks for reading !
Unfortunately, I don't currently have the internet speeds that allow uploading/downloading of entire episodes, though it's usually OK for isolated videos/performances.
I think it's a good idea, though.
I have a few i encoded about a year back but there in SD .mp4,but with these ones what i've done is remove any background noise and raised the volume level,Anybody interested i can send links.
I don't think it's snobbery I think it's practicality. It would take a lot of data storage to hold a library of digital Countdown and Rock Arena copies, which tends to bring it into the "not free" realm of data storage, so who would volunteeer to pay for it. And as ohnoitsnathan notes, it would also require good internet speeds to make it feasible to upload such a massive archive.
But the biggest problem I see is that a central archive would likely attract the attention of the authorities, as it clearly violates copyright, and hence risks all the potential unpleasantness that would follow. It becomes just a bit too organized and explicit to dismiss it as a harmless hobby from a bunch of fans.
This forum does facilitate a degree of person-to-person sharing, which by its nature is "under the radar", limited in scope and scale, and unlikely to attract any enforcement action.
I too am very interested in sharing. DVDs are fast going the way of the Dodo thanks to cheaper storage, fast internet speeds, and the fact that DVD video quality is anchored many years in the past while newer codecs offer superior quality per megabyte, so file sharing makes more sense than ever. I'm certainly happy to share my collection with anyone who is interested, and would love to start back-filling the enormous number of episodes I don't have.
I recently ripped the Classic Countdown series to .MP4 and that alone takes up my entire Google Drive, so sharing something with as many episodes as Countdown becomes a bit tricky unfortunately. But if anyone comes up with a plan then I'm keen to contribute.
Don't know if this is common knowledge here already, but The Empire bittorrent tracker has most of the Countdown episodes that have been aired on Rage Goes Retro over the last few years.
Unfortunately this years haven't been uploaded so if someone wants to do us a favour!
Yeah I put the 2017 countdowns on there, but then their site got hacked or something and now none of my files seed correctly anymore. It put me off doing it again there.
i recently downloaded 1080p rips of "Classic Countdown" from Luuuc,i recommend if you enjoy the show,these files are the ones to keep,as for file hosting i recommend "Filefactory".
Hi Luuuc - they had a problem with one of the admins which led to the site moving from the .bz domain to .click. You'd have to re-download the .torrent files to seed your old Countdowns again....
But if you don't want to use that site again then I'm sure one of us could create the torrent if you uploaded them elsewhere....
These aren't mine, but someone has posted some (full-length) older 1978/79 Countdowns on DailyMotion.
Hi i cant find the countdown episodes you mention.could you please post all the links here for them please ?
Just click on "All Videos" and scroll through until you find them.
just checked out the video's,sound is crap,the person doing it has no idea on how to encode or fix sound,give me the .VOB's and i'll do them justice.
here is the 1975 Sherbet Special x264.AAC.mp4 it's 573mb in size,Video: sides have been trimmed,sound: hiss removal/volume raised from original. enjoy. highlight the link,right click,go to:
I intend to put all mine on to Google Drive in the near future. Torrents are a waste of time and a pain in the backside that I wouldn't waste my time with.
I will be happy to trade episodes for episodes I dont have, I also have all the Countdown DVD's , ie the wonder years etc etc.
I have to re-encode a number of episodes before I do it though which is a bit of a pain, but I will do it.
Trading will be as simple as me giving you a Google Drive direct download link for a file/episode or if you have a Google Drive account it will appear in your account as a shared link (from memory.....I havent shared files with anyone for a while)
I own a large Australian technology forum and can set up a private trade room if Jason has objections to it being done here, as it likely contravenes Bravenet's terms and conditions and could mean Jason has his forum shut down which no one wants to see. I own my own forum software and hosting and am not held to any similar rules.
As well as Countdown episodes, I am up for trading any music from single clips to concerts.
I am glad you bought it up Criscles as I have thought about it but didn't want to mention it as I am relatively new here. I have NBN 100/40.
It annoys me to no end that I can download Top Of The Pops episodes by the bucket load from BBC IView, but the ABC is that scummy they wont put them on IView. The ABC is supposed to be owned by the people (like the BBC in England) however its like they decide to do us a small favor once a year and tease us with a few tid bits from the archives.
Dont get me started on the crap thats served up on Rage these days grrr....... :)
Thanks for the head up on the Dailymotion episodes Retrotragic, downloading them now
> Dont get me started on the crap thats served up on Rage these days grrr.......
How funny that crap doesn't get censored here, but d@amn does.
Yes, rage can be shocking when it's bad... like this weekend, followed by another disappointing Monday night vault (1999).
The channel is no longer available anymore. I'd be interested in seeing the shows. Also, hopefully last months Retro rage Countdown episodes can be shared, as I missed out via the Empire site too in viewing them.
Yeah, this dailymotion channel has been shut down now.
Still looking for uploads of last month's Countdown rebroadcasts (and perhaps the Dailymotion shows). Any ideas on where to find them? The Empire site still doesn't have the programs.
Countdown episodes that were broadcast this year can be found here:
(Note - files at that site expire after 30 days, so get to it)
(Extra note - I believe you get slightly better download speed/quota if you sign up for an account there)
Thanks again so much Luuc! I appreciate it.
This guy has a few full-length episodes of Countdown on his Youtube channel.
Thanks RetroTragic. In the remote chance anyone can share a few of the Dailymotion Countdown shows from 1978-1979 that would be greatly appreciated, too. I only was able to see a little of one program, a good one from 1979 with John Cougar Mellencamp, ELO, and Squeeze, before the channel was taken down.
Found this one - first episode for 1979 - 18th February.
Found this one ... Sherbet Special 1975
Found another one ... this one only recently added to Youtube ... 300th Show ... 6th September 1981 ... host Mental As Anything
Thanks for sharing these Luuuc.
Any plans on uploading earlier Retro Month years?
I'll be doing all the ones I have - but unfortunately I only have 4 Retro Months worth of episodes (2015-2018)
Luuuc ... I just wanted to say that, although I already have all the Countdowns Rage has shown over the last several years, I really appreciate you posting these for those who wish to see them. What you've done takes time, and helps people out.
What would be fantastic is if the ABC uploaded them onto iview like they did with the Classic Countdowns. Better still, ABC could devote a whole digital channel to music, covering all styles and all eras. Showing reruns of Countdown, Flashez, Beatbox, GTK, Rock Arena, etc., would be fantastic, and cost them nothing (unless there are royalties involved).
A huge thankyou from me for your time and patience in uploading countdowns. I have got them all and they are terrific. I wish I could say that my older ones are as good as yours, but I can't as my equipment is nowhere as good as yours. So thankyou very much.
Shared folder of Countdown episodes that aired in 2016's Retro Month, which contains:
Countdown 84-06-26 Boy George Special
Download Link: http://www.filefactory.com/folder/bb1935647d0c1713