Battlestar Galactica: Razor Update, No iTunes Downloads?
Two Battlestar Galactica updates: First, the DVD of the special Razor movie will be released shortly after it airs on the Sci Fi channel on November 24. The release date is December 5th. You can visit the Sci Fi Channel’s web site where you can vote on which DVD cover you like, and then be presented with a short clip from the movie. The clip shows Helena Cain (Michelle Forbes), the commander of the Battlestar Pegasus, using a knife as a metaphor.
The second news which is really sucky as far as I’m concerned, is that Battlestar Galactica episodes may no longer be available from the iTunes Music Store come 2008 – right when season 4 of Battlestar Galactica is supposed to begin. In a recent New York Times article (thanks SpraugeD) NBC is considering pulling out of Apple’s video download service due to contract negotiations. The shows NBC offers up includes Battlestar Galactica along with reportedly 40% of the television show downloads.
This is annoying because I watched most of Battlestar Galactica season 3 via iTunes. I prefer downloads to streaming for these shows because some of the episodes were good enough that I’d watch certain parts again. I can’t wait for the DVD (which I buy anyway). Will I have to sign up for Sci Fi Channel and a PVR just to get the BSG fix how and when I want it?
What’s really lame is all through the NYTimes article, the old broadcast media folks complain about piracy. And here’s the iTunes Store with a totally legitimate method to get people to pay for digital downloads. It’s almost like they want me to fire up the old BitTorrent next year. So much for NBC’s attempt at stemming piracy!
Update: (Hat tip to JC) Looks like MacWorld has some info on one reason why negotiations broke down – NBC wanted a ridiculous $4.99 per episode. Plus, because stopping NBC at the start of 2008 would have meant leaving viewers in the lurch mid season, Apple is dropping NBC starting this month. Ouch. This smacks of corporate greed. Here’s the Apple press release.
Additional Reading: Paris Lemon, CinemaTech