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Thursday, November 18, 2010

A HUGE step forward!

Mister Rogers may have taught us that "wishes don't make things come true," but thanks to Amazon and the Fred Rogers Company, it looks like it certainly doesn't hurt to try. If you have not seen already, through Amazon's Video On-Demand feature you can now watch a good number of MRN episodes -- including several pre-1979 classics! Take a look for yourself...

Choose a "season" and scroll to the bottom to find the episodes offered. For roughly two dollars an episode, I'd say this is a huge step in the right direction!

22 comments:

Mike said...

The saying goes Christmas always comes early! I see your episode count is going up Tim! Enough people spoke loud enough for it. Probably enough letters got sent to FCI in regards to it. I know I wrote them once. This is truly awesome. Hopefully the whole library will eventually get put on it.

Eric Scales said...

A really HUGE Step forward! This is great. And a ton of episodes from the look of it. I have a technical question for anyone who's bought any of these. What's the final quality? What's the format? Can you burn them to a DVD?

Hallie said...

I could just cry! I am so happy!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

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Mike said...

I agree with you Eric about needing a hard copy. I tried viewing the free preview and seeing if I could pull the video off using the latest version of realplayer (by using the download this video feature) but it wouldn't let me. I'm not sure if that would work once you purchase it or not. I probably won't get to this til later this week or next week myself.

Anonymous said...

This is exciting news! I've been waiting for years for a DVD Boxed set of classic episodes, but this is even better!

I wonder if the Fred Rogers Company is going to make an announcement about this. It looks like this blog is the first to break the news.

The iPadist said...

AWESOME. I was waiting for this. Hopefully we find a way to back these up to dvd or even use on the iPad. Perfect for my upcoming holiday travel.

Josh Renaud said...

Wow, it's a 700mb download for a 30-minute episode.

Vickie said...

Wow, one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind, BUT of course it wouldn't work for me!
My computer is a dinosaur. I am still so excited by this wonderful possibility, though!

Vickie said...

I also feel the need for a hard copy, rather than a digital "magic" file. The preview played beautifully with such rich and vibrant color of that era! Six year old daughter looked on and commented on how nice Mister Rogers looked!
My volume is so low on this old computer (built-in chintzy speaker in the actual computer)I know I need to view this on the television for proper experience.
I'll be waiting with bated breath for everyone's advice and help with acquiring these magnificent episodes!

Lawrence Martin aka llcoolmartin26 said...

this is great A 100 neighborhood programs toot toot as Lady Elaine would say I hope this makes it to I tunes someday I was glad to see program 4 and 1176 to 1180 aka wishes don't make thinks come true aka Henrietta meets some one new aka Jealousy two books were made after a week of programs from 1971 I was glad for a mix of programs from all 4 decades I was glad that 1576 mistakes which has clip from 1293 I still have not bought these but I'm getting excited
your neighbor
Lawrence

Mike said...

I wonder if more episodes will be released in due time. It would be nice if all 800 some odd programs would become available. All the programs have been digitally transfered in one way or another already. I just wonder what kind of a deal struck given the fact we have been pulling teeth trying to get these. FCI hasn't released anything on their web site about it. Maybe given the fact that PBS might be severely getting ready to take Mister Rogers off the air completely that an outlet has been made to keep it available.

Vickie said...

PBS will see the mistake they made soon enough. MRN is completely relevant even after all these years. And if PBS had not excised the show, we would not be getting any MRN CLASSIC, so this end result is wonderful! So, as it turns out, PBS did everyone a favor. Look at the wonderful changes that have taken place. I think the name change for the company is brilliant and moving into a new realm of receiving the shows is just as huge as Fred's support of VCRs. He wanted families to watch together, at any time of any day! This is a perfect "next step" and I know that Fred would be for it all the way! I can almost see his excitement, the way he'd not be able to contain his joy when he had a great surprise for us on the show. He'd be doing that right now just like we are.

Lawrence Martin aka llcoolmartin26 said...

I just bought program 4 I have the other programs from that week I had to laugh at the neighborhood of make-believe part that King Friday XIII and his rules almost creating war in the real world I hope Tim can do a blog about program 4 for those who don't have the money for the programs but they are great I wonder what Mister Rogers would say about that week and the conflict week I think they are great weeks and I want a second thought but Mister Rogers in this week from Feb 19 to 23 of 1968 never used the word boom in make-believe or in the real neighborhood it was just a war of change hope you all have a great day
your neighbor
Lawrence

TL said...

That's the plan, Lawrence. I want to get through the last two episodes from the Games week and then I'll definitely be hitting Episode #4.

Anonymous said...

For people that don't like to view vidoes on a computer, we can view our through our Roku player. So happy to see this has happened.

I am really perplexed that it seems no one else is promoting this. I posted this release on the Save Mister Roger's facebook page on November 16, and no one seemed to have noticed.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=20669990487

Please remember to promote this to your friends. AND Write postive reviews for this product on Amazon on Demand. I highly suspect that the future of additional episodes depends on the success of these first 7 seasons.

Vickie said...

Wondering which player is the best one to buy. Though we do have a Playstation 3 that will play from files if I manage to convert to them after purchasing the download. Want to do this yesterday! Any advice on players to purchase or if my PS3 is enough.

Anonymous said...

I would get a Roku for $60, which needs to connect to the internet, but lets you have Amazon, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, etc.

Vickie said...

Thank you. I will research it further. Hoping I can start right away!

Scott said...

I'm so glad my boys can watch "Potato Bugs and Cows" in digital format. The old VHS tape "Musical Stories" is wearing out! I'm also glad that the death of the gold fish episode is featured. Watching these older episodes is really great! I'm working on my first download now!

Scott said...

Friends, I just finished watching Episode 1300 (Potato Bugs and Cows) with my son. I thought it was curious that the old PBS logo (mid 1980s?) followed the episode. Did anyone else think so? I'm wondering if FCI (FRC) put these episodes on Amazon or if PBS did. I'd think that the current FCI/FRC logo would have followed the episode, just like it did in the DVD releases, if FRC was responsible. So, my theory is that FCI may not even know PBS has done this, and hence, why FRC hasn't announced it. Just a theory. If my theory is correct, obviously PBS must have permission from FRC to release these extra episodes. Any thoughts?

Eric Scales said...

I'm 99% sure that PBS has no rights to release these without FCI's permission. PBS was only the distributor not the producer or owner of the program. I have a theory that FCI may be interested in how the common man reacts to the availability of downloads before it breaks it to us Fred Rogers fanclub types. I could be totally wrong about that. The other possibility is that it will be announced in the very next newsletter.

Vickie said...

I think a "Special Delivery" from Mr. McFeely for an extra newsletter this month would have been appropriate!!