How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV

Not new, but this is a great article about the shift to user-controlled television viewing (based on downloading of shows, either legally or otherwise), driven by issues such as release and broadcast schedules in different markets. The success and viewing by worldwide audiences of shows such as Battlestar Galactica (and any number of others) is used as a key example of this shift and how makers and distributors might actually make real, profitable use of this shift. There is also a follow-up article.

I’m not allowed to use BitTorrent at work, so I’ll have to download the video of the conference presentation once I get home. Regardless, the two pieces make for fascinating reading.

For those who care, some quick statistics:

  • Battlestar Galactica Season 2 has not even begun showing in Australia yet (along with several other shows I enjoy and watch through non-broadcast sources);
  • on current viewing habits, I watch about 60 per cent of my television each week from non-broadcast sources.

This story may have been linked to on digg last week. I don’t remember where I found the link.

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