[opendtv] How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV

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How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV

by Mark Pesce


October 18th, 2004 is the day TV died. That evening, British
satellite broadcaster SkyOne - part of NEWS Corp's BSkyB satellite
broadcasting service - ran the premiere episode of the re-visioned
70s camp classic Battlestar Galactica. (That episode, "33," is one of
the best hours of drama ever written for television.) The production
costs for Battlestar Galactica were underwritten by two broadcast
partners: SkyOne in the UK, and the SciFi Channel in the USA. SciFi
Channel programers had decided to wait until January 2005 (a slow
month for American television) to begin airing the series, so three
months would elapse between the airing of "33" in the UK, and its
airing in the US. Or so it was thought.



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