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Science fiction TV continues iPod invasion

Just in time for holiday shopping, Apple Computer’s iTunes downloading service announced that NBC Universal will start porting over episodes from its catalogue for viewing on the new video iPod – or on a user’s home computer.

With this latest move, the number of sci fi-flavored shows available for download has grown from three to six. The cancelled ABC series, Night Stalker, has disappeared from TV but still lives in the iTunes service, along with Lost were joined by four genre shows from NBC, the Sci Fi channel and the Universal TV archives, including:

  • Surface, NBC (2005 episodes)
  • Battlestar Galactica, Sci Fi (2003, 2004 and 2005 episodes)
  • Knight Rider, Universal Television (vintage repeats)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents (vintage repeats)

As with current episodes of ABC’s Lost and Night Stalker, the new shows’ episodes will be available for sale for $1.99 each. Although they do not offer the quality of a DVD, $1.99 may seem like a very cheap price for a rabid fan who missed an episode because the VCR or TiVo screwed up.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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