Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Apple and NBC Form Partnership: Galactica + iTunes

Some news that might become relevant in the near future. A couple months ago when Apple and ABC formed a partnership that allowed users to download television episodes from iTunes to the new video iPods. It's quickly become a hit, and it looks like NBC will be following, according to this article:

Apple video inks deal with NBC
Apple Computer said Tuesday it formed a partnership with NBC Universal to offer new primetime, cable, late-night and classic TV shows, such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on the iTunes Music Store.
The deal is Apple's second licensing arrangement to get video onto its iTunes music store, and it's a new licensing arrangement that some have predicted.

When Apple originally launched the downloading of TV shows in October, its first partner was Walt Disney's ABC, and it had 2,000 videos. With the NBC deal, Apple iTunes Music store now has 3,000 music videos, Pixar short films and a variety of TV shows that consumers can buy for $1.99 each.
Additionally, Apple announced Tuesday that customers purchased more than 3 million videos since Apple began selling videos Oct. 12. It took Apple 20 days to sell 1 million videos.
The new licensing deal by Apple comes at a time when major TV networks are looking at new distribution platforms.

Full Article

What does that mean for us Galactica fans? Well, NBC is the major network that owns the SciFi channel, and thus, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis, among others. Battlestar Galactica is one of twelve new shows that have been added to the lineup for downloading. The first season is up, as is everything that's been aired of the second season and the entire 2003 miniseries.
Here's the links to get to these:

Season 1
Season 2

In addition to Galactica, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dragnet, ADAM-12, Knight Rider, Law & Order, Dragnet, Monk, The Office and Surface are also on the list.

So, this provides another alternative to the expensive boxed set coming out in just 19 days.

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