According to Mindjack.com, Broadcast TV died on October 18th, 2004. So what’s so special about that date?
That evening, the Sci-Fi Channel’s remake of Battlestar Galactica premiered on the SkyOne channel in the UK. It wasn’t slated to air in the US until January 2005. NBC Universal, the company that produces the show, wanted to wait until January in the US because that’s normally a slow time of year for American television.
However, it only took a few hours for the UK premiere of Battlestar Galactica to become a global premiere thanks to peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent. In general, Sci-Fi fans are pretty geeky. Recording and distributing Battlestar Galactica became a global past time for many Sci-Fi fans. Torrent tracking websites like TorrentSpy have an entire Battlestar Galactica listing with 94 different files.
If you want to learn more about using BitTorrent, please check out this in-depth BitTorrent tutorial.