I suppose I should really research this properly, but I can’t be arsed. So instead, I’ll just point you towards this. Put simply: the BBC has signed an agreement to distribute content through Zuedo, a US torrent site. And one of the programmes it’s going to licence will be Red Dwarf.
Now, I should do some kind of analysis about where the future is heading, and will be all be downloading content in the future, and will stuff like DVDs become obsolete, etc etc etc. But I can’t be bothered. And the reason I can’t be bothered is because the whole thing doesn’t excite me one jot. I already own, or don’t want to own, the shows that the BBC will be distributing in this way.
The real excitement with this technology will come when the BBC and other companies start distributing material that would not be cost-effective as a DVD release, but which some people would be willing to pay a premium to access. As soon as high-quality copies of full series of The Goodies are available to download – that’s when I’ll start paying attention.