With all the noise about the launch of Sky Atlantic HD in February it may be that one of the best importers of US programmes is overlooked: FX HD. Currently debuting the third season of True Blood the channel is also currently reshowing the first series of the excellent Breaking Bad and zombie thriller Walking Dead, and on February 6th FX is showing the wonderful Arrested Development from the beginning. NCIS, Better Off Ted, American Dad, Sons of Anarchy, Nip Tuck, Burn Notice, Family Guy...and don't forget this is the channel that first brought us Generation Kill and something called The Wire. Pretty impressive stuff, I think you'll agree.
Unfortunately under the lid FX is another News Corps company, so who knows if it will enjoys such luxuries in the future. Chances are that it will be left slim pickings after Sky Atlantic has been fed all the best US cable shows, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Hopefully, Five USA will continue to grab the odd gem, although there are rumours that new owner Richard Desmond has that under review.
The future is looking somewhat murky if you appreciate the finer TV dramas and comedies and have Virgin Media, Freeview or Freesat services. Let's hope that Sky doesn't buy every single quality US import and make them exclusive to their platform, otherwise they'll make pirates of us all...