Days of our Lives episodes to resume online for Aussie fans

2013-04-14_1738EXCLUSIVE: Soapie fans missing Days of Our Lives have been rewarded, with TV Tonight now able to confirm episodes will resume in Australia via online streaming video service, Crackle -and it’s all for free*.

Days of Our Lives ended its 45 year run on Nine in April leaving die-hard fans in the lurch.

New episodes will resume to viewers free and on-demand at Crackle.com from Monday June 17, as well as across Crackle’s apps for mobile devices, connected TVs and game consoles.

Sony-owned Crackle will pick up where Nine left off, offering ten episodes next week, followed by seven new episodes each Monday. Each episode will be available for four weeks.

“We are very happy to be offering Days of our Lives fans an opportunity to keep up with the show in Australia,” said Phil Lynch, senior vice president, digital networks & games for Sony Pictures Television. “In addition to enjoying their favorite daytime drama, we invite them to explore Crackle’s other top-quality and highly entertaining movies, TV series and original programming, which are available anytime, anywhere and always free.”

“There has been an outpouring of support from fans across Australia, telling us how much Days of our Lives means to them. We are delighted to be partnering with Crackle to help viewers keep up with the daytime drama as we solidify long term plans,” added Mark Young, senior vice president, distribution, Australia & New Zealand for Sony Pictures Television.

Crackle’s free app is available on Sony’s Bravia TV, Blu-ray player and Xperia phones and tablets. Users can also download the app via mobile devices including Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch; Android phones and tablets; and Windows Phones. In addition, Crackle is available on Samsung and LG connected televisions, as well as through the Xbox 360 game console.

*standard ISP download and subscription charges may apply.

16 Comments:

  1. I was watching the eps on Utube but after this “cackle” announcement they have been taken off and I got right up to Oct 2012, such a shame.

  2. Thanks for the heads up David as I was wondering whether we would see the show again. Thanks also to Crackle for trying to do something although it’s not ideal for older viewers. C’mon Ten this is the ideal situation for you to create some goodwill-schedule it at the same time everyday and we can all get back to our routine of watching the good folks of Salem go about their business!

  3. Feel sorry for everyone who has watched for 45 years who don’t have a clue what Crackle is, let alone how or where to find it.
    C’mon 10, just buy it and air it.

  4. I think this is a good temporary solution but Days is very popular with the older generation and a lot of them just don’t have a computer or the net. I can’t imagine my Nanna logging on to watch it! Hopefully they are still able to find a network to take it at some point for those that are still going to miss out.

  5. Fast forward to me in a weeks time cracking the s**** trying to teach my grandmother how to use a tablet to watch tv… God help me… and her

  6. @stevie g – What about people in suburban Wollongong (and elsewhere) who can’t get an ADSL connection? Still stuck with limited. costly, wireless.
    Does Sony see themselves making more money from the ads on Crackle than if they sold the show to a normal broadcaster? Could be a sign of the future?

  7. Agree with Daniel, this is better than nothing. But I would prefer to watch DOOL on free-to-air/cable TV because I don’t have broadband. I guess Seven and Ten didn’t pick it up because of the license fee.

  8. This is excellent. More US shows should follow this and have a free streaming service here. Maybe it will help older people jump online too?

  9. This is good in one way. But what about the older people who don’t have computers? Is a show with such a loyal following really not ever returning to tv? I for one don’t yet have a digital tv, because I can’t afford to buy one, so the ap won’t help me yet.

  10. I guess this news is better than nothing. But Days is skewed to an older audience who like to watch their shows when on television rather than online.

    I think if Ten is trying to gain an older audience they should have really picked it up and slotted it in on during the afternoon at 1pm. If nothing else it would restore some trust in the damaged Ten brand, and also help out Ready Steady Cook as well.

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