Taking on board all the valid points and applying pragmatism, as I see it as a past and current subscriber:
Consistent delivery before the end of month preceding its annotated cover month is adequate -just, if annoying in the knowledge that it has released to newstands and local UK subscribers sometime between 8th and 13th of the month - HM seem to have a floating date which wavers between these dates. Previously, IME delivery in AU regularly lapsed to inconsistent, the only consistency being it was not occurring until after the release date in the UK of the next month's edition, if at all.
I think that valid cause for dissatisfaction and complaint when the sub is prepaid 24 months in advance, and the premise of the subscription contract makes certain promises not subsequently fullfilled.
Surely in 2017, there must be some means of distribution other than coercion to DS whereby a magazine can be routed to subscribers in Australia in under three weeks average if the will to make it happen existed and was actioned? For instance, my packages from Hattons, Peter's Spares, Book Depository, Abebooks, Kennys et al arrive in 10 days average via no frills untracked base airmail small packet. Why can't HM manage this?
Perhaps drop the HM discriminatory free gift "for UK subscribers only" subscription offers, and increase the UK subscription price to the same as ROW so all subscribers are treated equally? The savings and increased sub revenue could subsidise the impost of delivering to ROW customers by an alternative reliable method in a more timely manner.
Quite reasonable, and only fair. Wouldn't you agree?
One might think Aussie, Kiwi and R.S.A. subscribers more than most would be likely to buy UK outline online from the magazine's advertisers given the status quo, and so should be a targeted priority for any magazine whose actual raison d'etre is as a delivery mechanism for targeted specific advertising to its SIG demographic?
I think a justified complaint driving such tardy delivery is that in the digital age of forum driven 'virtual clubroom' discussion, ROW subscribers are unable to participate in discussion of the latest news at the same informed kevel as is the wont of human nature, as the forum momentum (pick one of any) has moved on to the next edition by the time the stale news hard copy reaches them. This relegates ROW subs to reading forum article spoilers ...but not the magazine.
You'll should be pleased to know that regardless, I read DCC Concepts adverts in toto Richard.