1.4 Million Free Downloads of Battlestar Galactica Episode Available Exclusively in the March 6 Issue of TV Guide Magazine (On Sale Today)
TV Guide magazine and SCI FI Channel announced today an exclusive offer in which 1.4 million downloads of an episode of Battlestar Galactica will be given away in TV Guide. Each newsstand copy of the March 6 issue (on sale today) will feature a unique 12-digit code on the cover, which readers can enter on the iTunes Music Store (http://www.itunes.com) to receive their free download. Complete instructions will be provided in the magazine.
Said Ian Birch, editor-in-chief of TV Guide magazine, “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with both Sci Fi Channel and iTunes on this exciting initiative. Our magazine is a portal to the ever-changing world of television. Now more than ever, consumers are turning to iTunes for access to their favorite TV programs, and Battlestar Galactica is an enormously popular show. All this makes this partnership a perfect fit for us–but more importantly, for the readers of TV Guide.”
In the episode, guest-starring Lucy Lawless and titled–appropriately enough –“Downloaded,” Battlestar Galactica fans will get their first peek into the Cylon world. On Caprica, the reincarnated Number Six (Tricia Helfer) from Baltar’s (James Callis) past and the Sharon (Grace Park) who shot Adama (Edward James Olmos) find themselves thrust into the role of Heroes of the Cylon, while on Galactica, a child–a human-Cylon hybrid–is born.
“SCI FI is delighted to be working with TV Guide to provide this exclusive opportunity for free downloads of Batttlestar Galactica, which the magazine has already named one of the Top 10 shows of 2005,” said Blake Callaway, Vice President of Brand Marketing, SCI FI Channel. “If someone isn’t already a fan, then we are confident that sampling this episode on iTunes will bring them to SCI FI for more.”
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