* During the Cold War, American soldiers and their families living overseas often had to put up with this. Generally Armed Forces Network stations were only allowed to broadcast shows after they had already aired in the local market, which meant AFN stations were three to five years behind on many shows. The exceptions were generally syndicated shows that held little interest for foreign viewers. Children's programming, apart from PBS shows, were sometimes decades out of date -- and if the budget was tight, they might buy the rights to Canadian cartoons from the 1950s, shows that would (and should) fall under this trope. Modern AFN is reportedly much improved.
** The AFN television station on Okinawa is an excellent example. During the middle 1970's, for instance, that station mostly ran reruns of programs that had broadcast in the U.S. a season or so previously during prime time, and old movies during most of the rest of the day. Children's programming tended toward PBS shows like ''Series/SesameStreet'' and ''TheElectricCompany'', as noted above, and VERY old cartoons.
* 3/5's of the world will probably never know what those Europeans and Americans are talking about when refering to ''Creator/MontyPython''.
** And Americans are ''just lucky'' to not be part of that group. According to TheOtherWiki, the Pythons didn't think their humor was exportable at all; it was only because an executive at a single PBS station happened upon some episodes, liked it, and had the show put on his station that America was exposed to the ''Flying Circus'' and later movies.
** Although they do are popular in some parts of Latin America, but specially because of the movies (the series was never exported or dubbed).
* Series/{{QI}} will probably never be seen in the United States (legally) due to the enormous cost of licensing all the images and sounds they use on the show. While you can get the first three series on Region 2 DVD from a few sources, it only works if you have a Region 2 or regionless DVD player.
** Recently it can be found on Hulu Plus.
* After two series of a German dub of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' revived series had passed without anyone noticing, the show was cancelled with the network announcing that they had no intention on ever picking it up again. Odd, considering its spinoff show ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' continues to air in Germany, leaving an unexplained gap between its first and second series. ''Doctor Who'' was not picked up again until Creator/MattSmith's first season.
** ''Doctor Who: The Movie''. Due to conflicting rights and legal issues between the BBC and Universal, the 2001 DVD was not released in the US or Australia (Australia got it on VHS, however). Come 2011, and the DVD was finally released to those countries, 15 years after the film aired!
** BBC Worldwide's Asia arm has never been good with the specials. However, most egregiously, "The Time of The Doctor" has been skipped over, and this special is important as it showcases the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration into the Twelfth, and regenerations are extremely important events to Whovians. [[http://www.bbc-asia.com/contact/?page=3 Many have written to the BBC]], who claim that they have noted the interest of Asian viewers in the episode, but have announced that it will not be aired in the near future, and mention nothing about it airing in the distant future.
* Think it's bad being an anime fan in the UK? Multiply it, and that's being a {{toku}}satsu fan outside of Japan.
** There are also no signs of any toku series being released in America in their original, unadapted forms. Some exceptions: ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'' (a movie, not a show) was released in North America in 2007 under the name ''Masked Rider: The First''; to date, it is the only subtitled Japanese {{Toku}}satsu that was widely available in American stores. But not UK ones. There have also been box sets put out for series like ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' and ''Series/{{Kikaider}}'', made for the Hawaiian market and thus not widely available; they are, however, sold on the Internet, with Kikaider's being under the title ''Kikaida''. Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' is streamed on {{Marvel}}'s [[http://marvel.com/animation/japanese_spiderman website]].
** There's at least one market where toku [=DVDs=] are available: Brazil, where a few ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' series [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff were wildly popular]].
** Tokukatsu programming has a moderately large following in certain areas in Asia outside of Japan as well, so long as you're willing to accept episodes that are dubbed into the local language. Video releases are a-plenty (depending on where you plan to visit, they're dubbed into Malay, Mandarin or Cantonese respectively), toys are a-plenty (beware the knockoffs tho) and they even air it regularly on national TV in the countries. Just expect to get [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids strange looks]] from the cashier when you try to buy merchandise.
** The Philippines used to air Franchise/SuperSentai until the early 2000's, the last series being Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman. Now, Super Sentai is this in the Philippines, due to Franchise/PowerRangers. One of the reasons? Someone said before that Power Rangers was cheaper to buy and license in the country than Super Sentai.
*** Same with the US, the reasons why Toei doesn't bring the originals to DVD in the country are due to not just the show license but also ''the actors' fees''.
** South Korea, which does dub Sentai (albeit [[CompletelyDifferentTitle under the name of]] ''Franchise/PowerRangers'') never received a dub of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', purportedly for being too Japanese. [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros They eventually appeared]] in the dubs of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
** ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' has English subs on Bandai's own Website/YouTube channel... but they're only available to certain Asian countries.
** ''StarFleet'' was dubbed in English and shown on UK TV during most of the 80's before disappearing from the air with very scarce cut up VHS releases. However after many years of fan devotion, the show was released on DVD in the UK and Australia, however not in the US. The DVD distributor has stated that there is no audience for a DVD release in the US. This is simply not true as while the show did not air there, 8 VHS tapes of the series were released and were most often subject [[KeepCirculatingtheTapes to being put on a fan archive]] online.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' was skipped in Taiwan and Hong Kong for some reason (Either because of the angel theme or that they knew fans won't like it). Instead the channels that air ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' in those countries went straight from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' to ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
** ''MadanSenkiRyukendo'' however is an aversion; it was aired, in all places, in ''Puerto Rico'', on a Telemundo affiliate there!
*** Recently, ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' is now also an aversion at it will be out on DVD in the future by Creator/ShoutFactory in the US.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Series/VRTroopers'', and ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' have been released on Netflix. People celebrated -- until Europeans (sans [=UK=] and Ireland) and Australians realized that Netflix is only available in America and Canada and [=UK=] and Ireland. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes And there are no DVD box-sets]]. Though Germany has a new MMPR box set.
** Also, the Canadian selection of Netflix titles differs from in the US; As of this writing, no ''Beetleborgs'', no ''VR Troopers'', and only up to ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' (And neither of the movies) for ''Power Rangers''.
** South Korea actually never imported ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''-onwards, skipping to Super Sentai as mentioned above. Although you can figure out a WhatCouldHaveBeen if they have did a dub of Megaforce with this fan-made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN8YqKRbhas Korean Megaforce opening]] (Although no translated opening in the said language)...
* Despite the fact there's an English dub of ''Series/{{Violetta}}'' (Complete with Creator/CristinaValenzuela dubbing the lead character), it has yet to air on the US Disney Channel. The dub of the show did air on the South East Asian feed though. One of the few reasons might be because of its TeenDrama nature, which would look out of place on the US channel's KidCom- laden shows. The only way to work it around is to 1) do a US remake of the show like Nickelodeon did with ''Grachi'' (as Series/EveryWitchWay), or 2) air it on a US Spanish channel w/o the dub, as Azteca America will air the show there in the original Spanish audio in Sept. 2014, the latter falling in the NoDubForYou trope.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}: The Plan'' very nearly failed to be released in the UK due to a licensing mess. Sky One, who broadcast the series in the UK, declared that they had no interest in ever broadcasting ''The Plan'', since they considered ''BSG'' to be yesterday's news and were more interested in promoting ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' instead. Unfortunately, the licensing agreement between Sky and SyFy meant that no ''BSG'' episode could receive any form of DVD or iTunes release in the UK until Sky showed it. Eventually, Sky relented and showed ''The Plan''... on a Friday midnight, on one of the Sky Movie channels, which paved the way for an eventual DVD release. The whole situation was actually kind of ironic considering that the UK actually got new-''BSG'' well ''before'' the US did.
* The story of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is long, complicated and sad for anyone in the UK. Originally, the ArchivePanic-inducing clip libraries on the Creator/ComedyCentral website were available to all. Then Canada lost access, and then Britain. Full Episodes mode was introduced and just as quickly made inaccessible to the UK. ''The Daily Show'' used to air the day after it was shown in the US on More4 but then they dropped it in favour of the Global Edition. ''The Colbert Report'' was picked up for UK distribution by FX, and, well, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork it didn't last]]. Now the only legal option for UK viewers is to buy the ''Report'' on iTunes, at 10 a month.
** Oh, and just to rub it in, the Comedy Central merch shop is US-only too.
* ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'' has yet to see the light of day in Australia--likewise with post-season 3 reruns of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. Possibly due to costs, but implications can be drawn when you consider that Season 3 of ''[=SoN=]'' aired in France first.
* Similarly to the film example above, many TV Series are released on DVD without a French language track, even if one exists. Unlike film examples, this has a logical reason: due to the time it takes to dub a series, TV shows are often aired one season late on French-language channels. Thus, the channel doesn't wish for viewers to find the dubbed version on DVD before it airs. Some series [=DVDs=] are inconsistent, seemingly without explanation. ''Stargate'' has a French-language track on seasons 1, 8, 9 and 10 only, while ''Avatar: The Last Airbender'' only has one for seasons 1 and 2. ''Lost'' Season 1 and 6 originally had no French-language track, but the DVD sets were re-issued with the language track.
* Despite having been available in other markets since 2007, a number of ''LazyTown'' episodes have never been broadcast in the United States.
* Inversion: A number of 1980's U.S. TV miniseries have still never been released on DVD in the U.S., even though they've been made available in VHS, laserdisc and even DVD in various European and South American nations and Japan. Examples include ''Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story'' (1986), starring Creator/ArmandAssante and Jacqueline Bisset, and ''Casanova'' (1987), starring Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, Sylvia Kristel and Ornella Muti.
** Another rather bizarre inversion, this time from the U.K.: ''TheLastDetective'' exists on DVD in the U.S. and Australia, but ''not'' in the U.K. (Region 2 [=DVDs=] of Season 1[[labelnote:*]]four hour-long episodes[[/labelnote]] are available on Amazon... for 72.)
* ''Series/TheListener'' used to air on CTV and NBC, like ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' and CBS. It's still going on, but only in Canada. NBC killed it to put on ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' reruns. Further, ''Flashpoint'' has been banished to ION, whatever that is.
* The original, Argentine version of ''Series/LosSimuladores'' had very little distribution in Latin America (let alone the rest of the world). Instead, remakes were made. Argentinian soaps (particularly the innovative ones) have a similar fate.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' (the first teaming of Creator/SimonPegg and Creator/EdgarWright) was like this for many years in the US until 2009, when the series went straight-to-DVD.
* Due to {{Nickelodeon}} Japan's shutdown in 2009 (The channel was stepped down to a block on Creator/{{Animax}} in Japan and even then that block was later off the air), Japanese Nicksters have no access to cool new sitcoms like ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', later seasons of ''Series/ICarly'' (which is probably a mercy, as the Japanese got spared from the horrid mess that is the Seddie Arc), ''Series/HowToRock'' or even other stuff like ''HouseOfAnubis''. Averted with some shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', which airs on NHK. Kinda makes you wonder who gets to dub them if the channel didn't close.
* It can take a while for some [[DisneyChannel Disney Channel Original Movies]] to be shown internationally, but ''TigerCruise'' (2004) is the undisputed champion here; being a family movie involving 9/11, it has almost never been aired outside North America (and it's rarely been shown ''in'' North America), and hasn't been given a physical release of any kind despite the presence of pre-''{{Series/Heroes}}'' HaydenPanettiere, pre-''ICarly'' JennetteMcCurdy and Bill Pullman.
* Series/MythBusters has [[InvertedTrope inverted the trope]]; despite being made in America, so far the "Plane Boarding"/"Bite the Bullet" episode has only been shown overseas. [[note]] It was finally added to the US broadcast schedule, over a year after the rest of the world saw it ... and then taken right off again. A clip from it continues to appear in Discovery's "new season" teaser videos, though.[[/note]]
* Despite being co-produced by Canada, there is currently no Region 1 DVD of ''ShoeboxZoo''.
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