Is the 1st part of a series on piracy and the way in which bit torrent (or what ever the tool of the day is) and the internet, are effecting not only the way in which we watch television but are attitudes towards television.
"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.) The production costs for Battlestar Galactica were underwritten by two broadcast partners: SkyOne in the UK, and the SciFi Channel in the USA. SciFi Channel programers had decided to wait until January 2005 (a slow month for American television) to begin airing the series, so three months would elapse between the airing of "33" in the UK, and its airing in the US. Or so it was thought."
Relaying heavily on the example of BattleStar Galactica, the 1st well none reverse of the piracy stream from the USA to the UK. That I have every know off in my 15 years on the net. If you are interested in this sort of thing its well worth the read