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A Bleeping Content Update: The Office (U.K.)

May 4th, 2010 by Rebecca Harper Editor

When we launched the full run of the BBC’s The Office earlier this year, keen observers noticed that the episodes — which matched those that aired on BBC America here in the States — sounded a bit different than they remembered seeing on DVD or in the U.K. It turns out that, while Ricky Gervais and his costars cursed freely in the original run of the show, the offensive words were bleeped out to suit American standards for TV broadcast. It was this version that was originally cleared for us to stream on Hulu.

But since so many of you prefer to see the series in its unedited form (we like it that way, too), we reached out to the BBC to see if we could instead offer the show just as it aired in England. We’re happy to say that they were able to oblige us, giving us clearance to stream the series in its original form, curse words and all. Big thanks to the team at the BBC and to our content team for making this happen.

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Last comment: about 8 hours ago 5 Comments
  • Daniela says:

    Hey Hulu! Since there I can’t find a way to contact anyone on the Hulu site, I’m doing it here. What is going on with the crazy amount of commercials? Just watched the new Ghost Hunters episode “Spirits of the Night” and it was ridiculous how many commercials there were. But worst of all, more than once the commercials cut into the shows dialogue. Apparently I’m not the only one who was upset, there’s a full discussion thread going on about it. Come on! I’m giving Hulu two more strikes, then you guys are out!

  • Sazzy in London says:

    THANKS!!! to the greedy tossers in the USA & UK hulu is dead in the water
    all cos they cant decide how many crappy lame ads they can cram into a show & who should get the most money from pissin people off with annoying ads no wants
    i guess its back to me proxy server !

  • Jimmy P. says:

    2 very good suggestions for Hulu:

    1) You would save a lot of money by removing majority of anime from Hulu. I am quite certain they generate low ad sales and high bandwidth costs. Believe me, only younger people with no money are the majority of anime viewers…. please remove anime.

    2) Do not charge for Hulu…. everyone who knows Hulu knows its FREE, that’s why its popular. I do not mind TV ads at all, and wouldn’t mind ONE MORE per show to increase Hulu.com revenues.

    If you start to charge for Hulu, you will lose tremendous amounts of viewers… believe me, lots of people agree with #2.

  • Hi Juli, thanks for the note. We’ve addressed this glitch and the update should take effect soon. Sorry for the mishap!

  • Juli says:

    Hey Hulu! Since there I can’t find a way to contact anyone on the Hulu site, I’m doing it here. What is going on with the crazy amount of commercials? Just watched the new Ghost Hunters episode “Spirits of the Night” and it was ridiculous how many commercials there were. But worst of all, more than once the commercials cut into the shows dialogue. Apparently I’m not the only one who was upset, there’s a full discussion thread going on about it. Come on! I’m giving Hulu two more strikes, then you guys are out!

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