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.)
While you might assume the SciFi Channel saw a significant drop-off in viewership as a result of this piracy, it appears to have had the reverse effect: the series is so good that the few tens of thousands of people who watched downloaded versions told their friends to tune in on January 14th, and see for themselves. From its premiere, Battlestar Galactica has been the most popular program ever to air on the SciFi Channel, and its audiences have only grown throughout the first series. Piracy made it possible for “word-of-mouth” to spread about Battlestar Galactica.
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here in Holland: Series like BattleStar Galactica, Blind Justice, Numb3rs, Tilt will not be seen or even aired in ages. Alias is not broadcasted but can only be bought at DVD here ie. the 2003 MiniSeries of Battlestar Galactica (DVD) is totally not available yet. So yes: Piracy can be good to spread the word about quality programs to watch it when available. Cause garbage served we get enough.