Yay! We just finished watching the last episode of Series Two, and I’m jonesing bad, man! I’m constantly in awe at the quality of programming that the BBC keeps putting out (my other favourite show is “Misfits”).
Estimated airing time in the UK: around Christmas. Masterpiece is the US co-producer, so it shows on PBS stations in the US–not BBCamerica. There’s generally quite a delay; Downton Series 4 will premiere on Masterpiece next January, that’s one reason to put Sherlock off. (And a reason many US Sherlock fans own all-region DVD players.)
The fastest way to watch it legally in America is to preorder the DVDs from AmazonUK. They have them ready to ship as soon as the last episode is aired. I got mine trans-Atlantically 5 days after The Reichenbach Fall aired in Britain. If you wait for PBS it’s very hard to remain unspoiled and there’s scenes missing.
Plus I want to give my financial support to something so well done.
The VPN is not, strictly speaking, legal for US watchers. When streaming a BBC show “live”–a message comes up reminding you that only UK license holders are allowed to do so. If the VPN is working OK, apparently you could go ahead & watch it. Using the iPlayer later produces no such message–& iPlayer viewings count when they calculate the ratings.
So I don’t feel that guilty about using iPlayer. But I do buy the DVD’s ASAP–if I truly love a show & want its creators to continue creating.
For something like Downton Abbey, I read the reviews & the snarky comments at UK sites. But have no need to actually see the thing until it shows up on PBS. (With added scenes last series!)