BBC Worldwide have made an agreement with Sony Music which will see the latter distributing BBC titles in the Republic of Ireland. This arrangement comes into effect on 31 July and will cover all of the BBC's video, audio and computer output.
Things are all change in the US aswell where Warner have taken over from Fox as the States-side distributor of BBC Worldwide titles. This arrangement came into effect on 1 July and should see a number of BBC titles finally making appearance in Region 1.
On top of this, we now have some details of what to expect from the BBC in the UK over the next six months. On 18 September the Tellytubbies will make their DVD debut with a double-bill featuring with the Teletubbies and Here Come the Teletubbies.
Dr Who: The Robots Of Death is scheduled to make an appearance on 2 October. It will feature a directors commentary, ten minutes of shots and footage on test runs of the models used, a image stills gallery, production notes and a floor plan from production.
The Tweenies: Animal Friends & Party Games Giggles and Laughs is out on 9 October and is followed on 30 October with The Tweenies: Merry Tweenie Christmas... Also on 30 October we can expect a second Tellytubbies double bill featuring Teletubbies in the Snow and Happy Christmas from the Teletubbies.
On 6 November we have Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys Outing which features a 'Nelson Mandela House' menu system and a number of text based extras. On the same day Blackadder 2 should be making an appearance.
Finally, The League of Gentlemen: Series One is down for release on 13 November and will feature a commentary, virtual tour of Royston Vasey, 5 minutes of unseen material and a selection of character drawings, notes and stills from the original production.
There are a number of other titles in the works and I'll post them as soon as I have the details...