Matt Smith and Karen Gillian in “Dr. Who.”
, BBC America
TV Q&A: 'Dr. Who' isn't going anywhere
- August 7, 2012 - 8:42 AM
By ROB OWEN • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Q A few weeks ago, you listed shows that were having new episodes during the summer, on broadcast and cable networks. However, one of my favorite shows was missing from your list: BBC America's "Dr. Who." For the past few years, the network has had new episodes during the summer and one at Christmas. It had a new show this past Christmas, but nothing new since. Has the series been canceled (again)?
A "Dr. Who" has not been canceled. A BBC America publicist would only say "Dr. Who" will be back sometime in 2012. Stay tuned.Sasha Alexander and her hair
Q Why does Sasha Alexander, who appears to have natural black hair, have her hair colored to a light brown for her role on "Rizzoli and Isles"?
A I have no idea what Alexander's natural hair color is -- that's between her and her stylist. But considering that her "Rizzoli" co-star, Angie Harmon, has dark hair, my guess is that Alexander's hair color was chosen to differentiate her from her co-star.Hester back on 'Storage Wars'
Q I had read earlier this year that Dave Hester was demanding more money to return to "Storage Wars" for this season. Did he get it? Also, do you know how much compensation the players receive?
A Hester will be back for Season 3, so one can probably assume he got some sort of raise, although A&E will not discuss compensation for its stars.Hours add up quickly on DVRs
Q Is there a way to determine how many hours the various TV providers give you access to with their DVRs? I have researched online but can't seem to find many specifics. I'm aware that recording in HD takes up more space. I have DirecTV, and I think I can record 40 to 60 hours of mostly HD programming before the DVR is full.
A The only good way to find out is to ask, and even then there are some caveats. Here are the responses from some providers:
Verizon: Verizon's 500-gigabyte DVR can record on average about 200 hours of standard-definition programming and 70 hours of high-definition HD programming. FiOS TV customers also have the ability to connect an external hard drive to their set-top boxes to increase storage capacity.
Comcast: Comcast uses many different DVR models, providing customers 90 to 120 hours of SD recording space. Customers recording half the time in HD would typically have about 55 to 70 hours of recording time.
DISH: The Hopper is a three-tuner DVR with a 2-terabyte hard drive that holds 2,000 hours of programming. DISH has another DVR, the VIP 722, which holds 250 hours of HD and 500 hours of SD programming.
DirecTV did not respond.
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