Holy Shit, its almost a Wagner James Au title!
Anyway, I’m wondering how much of a hit the Sci-Fi channel is taking by giving SkyOne a 3 month headstart on the episodes. I’m sure that many people here have seen the Suprnova numbers for how many people are downloading the episodes. It’s got to be in the tens of thousands, and I’m sure that quite a few people here on this board that would otherwise be watching the episodes on SciFi (and sitting through Army commercials) are just downloading them.
I wonder if networks are going to move to a more global release schedule just to combat this, or if the larger markets (read: US) are going to throw their weight around to make sure that at least the North American markets watch their shows on their channel.
If you check the SciFi.com channel boards, you’ll see this is quite a hot-topic. I’m actually surprised that the SciFi channel board mods even allow posting of the topics about the episodes that haven’t been aired on their channel yet. (Aside: Everyone on the SciFi.com BG board think that Universal Execs hang out on the board. Hahahah!)
Perhaps we’ll start to see a little less of the country-specific divide that we’ve got. Perhaps we’ll end up seeing multinational TV networks?
Admittedly, Battlestar Galactica is an edge case. It’s a science fiction show on a cable network – not a mass-market Friends or ER-type series. Perhaps nothing will really change, and network execs will just write off the fringe of internet file sharing and deploy constant legal resources to fight those people.
As another aside, I think its really obvious that file-sharers don’t have a lot of hope if their ISP is one of the big names. Verizon/Comcast et al are definitely going to be receptive to the big media companies legal initiatives. If you want to fileshare, you’re going to have to run with the smaller ISPs.
Alright, enough of this metapoo and back to killing this bottle of cheap white wine. Barefoot Cellars. Only reason I got their wine is because their corporate HQ is in the office park next to my place of work.