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SoapClassics Begins Streaming AS THE WORLD TURNS on the Internet

SoapClassics today announced that it has started streaming episodes of AS THE WORLD TURNS on the internet. The episodes are primarily meant for viewers in the Netherlands and South Africa, where the series recently went off the air, but they can also be viewed from any country in the world.

SoapClassics President Mark Yates said, “This is our first step into the world of streaming episodic television. We’re starting with the Netherlands and South Africa because the series just came off the air in both countries, and interest there is still very high. For instance, in South Africa, the show has over a million viewers a day. It still has three years to run, but it was just replaced by another show. So we’re going to pick up right where they left off, with episodes from 2007."

"In the Netherlands, the show has about 750,000 viewers," Yates continued. "Dutch television just broadcast the final episode in the series, and the fans are clamoring for more. So we’re going to run the series for them again, starting with the 2005 season.”

“This is just the beginning of streaming for us. Fans in the US still miss the show terribly, and so far we’ve only been able to put out a limited number of episodes on DVD. Now we’ll be able to offer the fans a much larger selection. We’ll be showing entire seasons, but we’re also going to do some creative things, like showing an extended series of episodes which trace a great storyline, or which tell the story of a much-loved character or couple. We’re also going to offer fun collections of themed episodes. For instance, there were over 100 weddings on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and so far we’ve only been able to show 5 of them on DVD. We’ve just begun to scratch the surface of this great series.”

AS THE WORLD TURNS was the second longest running daytime drama in the history of television. It aired for over 50 years, had more than 50 million viewers, and told countless memorable stories. Many famous actors and actresses got their start on the show, including Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei.

SoapClassics is the world’s leading distributor of classic American soap operas. It has the rights to over 12,000 episodes of some of history’s most famous daytime dramas; AS THE WORLD TURNS, GUIDING LIGHT, THE EDGE OF NIGHT, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, ANOTHER WORLD and TEXAS. The company’s international streaming site is located at www.worldturns.nl.

18 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! I hope one day they will be streaming their earliest episodes from '79 through the 80's because that was a period of ATWT where I wasn't watching it and I would absolutely love to go back and see it all. For now, I will be perfectly happy to revisit 2005!!! Thanks so much to everyone who is a part of making this happen for classic soap fans. It is a true joy!

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  2. This is great news. Thanks so much to everyone who made this happen

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  3. This is great! I also would love to see the earlier episodes, right from the start. But for now I am very happy looking back from 2005. Thanks for the news!

    Annemie :-)
    The Netherlands

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  4. Thank you thank you I am crying because my late mother in law would call me every day about this "her stories "

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  5. soaps classic please put classic another world as the world turns and guideing light and search for tomorrow on netflix streaming love to bee able to watch classic soaps on netflix streaming soon please sing a paper with netflix

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  6. Thank you so much for this - I have been missing As The World Turns and Guiding Light so much! The only news that would have been better would be new episodes coming on line - I am still hoping that happens!

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  7. I loved As The World Turns and miss it, but Guiding Light was the longest running drama on TV.

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  8. Your information is incorrect- this was not the longest running show in history- Guiding Light was broadcast for 72 years. 15 on radio and 57 on TV, As the World Turns only ran for 54 years on TV.

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    1. But it also ran on radio first, they celebrated as the longest running show when the character nancy hughs passed in,real life

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    2. But it also ran on radio first, they celebrated as the longest running show when the character nancy hughs passed in,real life

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  9. I would love to see this soap .never seen this one. .grew up on abc soaps ..

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  10. This is super-great news for us long-time ATWT fans. Thanks Roger, Damon, & Mark--woo, woo!

    Brian :-)

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  11. Wish they'd add the April 19, 1993 episode that was pre-empted by breaking news to the "classic" section. If anyone can identify the song used in '93 for the Neal Alcott/Scott Eldridge storyline please comment at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsFrrCY1qLc (you can also listen to the song on the youtube page)

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  12. I'd start to follow the episodes on the internet site where I have registered after 28 Feb 2012, that is specially streamlined for South African and Netherlands viewers. But it's now almost 2 weeks later and the 8 episodes I had watched are still there (South Africa). When will the next episodes be uploaded? I love this series! I hope we can see the rest of 3 years still left we are behind in RSA!

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  13. Has anyone else noticed that the streaming site is now down? Hasn't loaded in over a week! Anyone out there know anything??

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  14. Yes, Marsha, I noticed this too. I was really enjoying the episodes. These were very captivating storylines. I liked the character development, the relationship conflicts, and the acting. I think the ratings for the show in the U.S. were very high at this time. It was so good, it was hard to believe I was watching a daytime drama. I became a fan of the show only in 2007, so it was all new to me. I got through most of January 2005. Now I am quite saddened that my candy was suddenly taken away. Does anyone know if the shows were hopefully moved somewhere else, or are they lost completely now?

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  15. Regarding posts above, I just got back into the site with the episodes! Thank you!

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  16. I can't find the page, where can i watch them? Can Someone post the Link? Pleease!

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