The answer is they can't.
I really love BSG as a show and I believe that, if I am to be fair to those creators, actors and crew who were responsible for this show, I should contribute to them for their hard work.
Now I want to watch the rest of the last season along with US fans from the 16 Jan and abit later the UK. If I don't do this then I will basically have to stop using the Internet until it is shown as spoilers to what happens will be everywhere. Who is the final Cylon, what happened to earth, etc would be on Digg, TV.Com, TVRage, YouTube, Newssites, Fansites, etc
Obviously, I can't move there for six months, get a room with a TV and Sci-fi channel. So what are my other options? Can I watch it on SciFi? No, no foreigners allowed. Can I buy it from Sci-Fi. No, Amazon does the selling of shows online. OK, Amazon, can I buy the shows from you. No, no foreigners allowed. OK.
Well i live in Australia, and the only legal options for me are to wait 6 months for the DVD boxed set or 12 months (Channel 10 is far behind).
The standard answer as to why they can't sell to me is licencing restrictions. Well who's licencing restrictions? It's not a law they have to follow "I would love to help but..." it's a clause in a contract they negotiated. They decided they would author this contract and sign it so it is their fault. NBC-Universal, Sci-Fi, Amazon are all to blame for this. As soon as the DVD boxed set is available in the US I can buy it so why can't I download the shows. They are ignoring an income stream because of an outdated business model that worked before bittorrent, but is outdated now, hurting tyheir business and angering their potential customers.
Now come 17th Jan, BitTorrent will run hot with downloads of the show and not a cent will go back to the creators. Alot of the people who are downloading are like me who would not mind paying a fair price but are barred from doing this.Why won't these organisations look at the potential here.