This is why we can’t watch series on any Sky channels
I had really been looking forward to watching Mad Men. I stupidly missed the first two seasons when it was shown on the BBC, where subtitling is guaranteed. Oh silly me!
So Sky Atlantic started showing Season 1 a couple of months back, great! I set the series to record and kept my fingers crossed, planning to have a Mad Men Weekend over a long weekend in September, watching them back to back with an endless supply of cocktails. Hic.
It’s twelve weeks since I started recording the series so I thought I’d best check on the captioning.
Episodes 1 and 2 were subtitled.
Episode 3 was subtitled:
…as were episodes 4, 5, 6 and 7:
I started to wonder where I’d put that long forgotten bottle of Angostura bitters.
But I guess someone “forgot” to switch them on for episodes 8 and 9:
For episodes 10 and 11 the captions magically reappear:
And poof! they’re gone again for episode 12:
It’s rather pointless to watch the series now, knowing that I’d have to miss at least 3 episodes so I’ve gone ahead and deleted them all.
Maybe I should try running for parliament just so that I can bring in a bill that stipulates that all “big name” television series purchased by Sky must be also given to one of the 5 terrestrial channels to broadcast simultaneously with guaranteed captioning. That’d show ’em!
[Apologies for the poor screenshot quality – I was cursing at Sky while taking the photos and I think the anger caused some camera shake!]