Places to watch Battlestar Galactica for free include Peacock and Tubi.
Battlestar Galactica has been a science fiction lover’s treat since it first started airing back in 1978. Since that time, there have been reboots, a few movies, and even webisodes. Although it’s been a decade since anything new has been developed in the franchise, there are still ways you can get your Battlestar Galactica fix. So, where can you watch Battlestar Galactica free? Is that even possible anymore?
First off, to watch Battlestar Galactica free you’ll need to decide which version you want to see. Battlestar Galactica has a long, storied history that began back in 1978. Wanting to take advantage of the Star Wars craze, the show centered itself in outer space on board the Galactica, a battleship that survived an attack from Cylons during the war with their enemy.
The series initially starred Lorne Greene (Bonanza) as Commander Adama, Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck, and Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo. It lasted one season, but it left a lasting imprint on the collective imagination.
It was rebooted in earnest in 2005, this time lasting four seasons. At that time, watching Battlestar Galactica free was easy.
It starred Edward James Olmos as Commander William Adama, Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin, Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, Jamie Bamber as Lee “Apollo” Adama, James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar, and Tricia Helfer as Number Six. The series was a hit on the original SyFy Network and was the cause of much consternation when it was canceled.
Previously, there had been a few different streaming outlets where BSG fans could find either series for free. Unfortunately, those numbers have dwindled considerably. In fact, they have dwindled so much that you can no longer find either version of Battlestar Galactica to stream for free.
There are a number of other streaming services that carry both the original 1978 version and the 2005 reboot, but you will be taking out a credit card to watch them. Let’s take a look at the following places where you can purchase Battlestar Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica 2005 Reboot
For those who are looking for the latest renditions of Battlestar Galactica, you will find them on the Peacock Network. They carry all 75 episodes of the 2005 reboot (four seasons worth) for your binging pleasure. The Peacock Network also carries the two-part Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries as well, which introduced the new 2005 cast.
If you have a Peacock subscription, then technically you can watch Battlestar Galactica for free. That being said, unfortunately, the Peacock Network is no longer available for free. So, to get your Battlestar Galactica fix, you are going to need to pony up $4.99 per month. All things considered, $4.99 a month isn’t a bad price for a streaming service. The problem comes when you are paying for each and every one of them.
Following the cancellation of the 2005 series, the cast was reunited for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. It was a two-hour TV movie that shone a different light on events that fans had already seen. It too can be found on the Peacock Network.
Word of warning for those who venture over to the Peacock Network to watch Battlestar Galactica. The $4.99 per month Premium plan means you will be also watching commercials. For those who wish to bypass the annoying ads, Peacock does offer a Premium Plus plan that removes ads altogether. This will cost you $9.99 per month.
If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, they do offer most versions of Battlestar Galactica. The original series can be purchased through Amazon Prime for $1.99 an episode or $24.99 for a season. The Battlestar Galactica mini-series, which led into the series reboot, can also be found on Amazon for $9.99 an episode (remember, this is in two parts).
Also available on Amazon is Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which was released in 2012 and was meant to usher in a new chapter of Battlestar Galactica.
Google Play also offers Battlestar Galactica fans their fix. For $1.99 per episode or $34.99 a season, fans can get the entire reimagined series.
Google Play also offers to let you watch Battlestar Galactica the miniseries for $5.99 an episode (only two in the miniseries) or $9.99 to purchase it outright. BSG: Blood & Chrome is also available for $3.99 to rent and $14.99 to own.
Battlestar Galactica fans should be happy with VUDU’s collection of watchable BSG material. Fans can watch the miniseries, all four seasons of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, and BSG: Razor all on VUDU.
Most prices run from $1.99/$2.99 (SD/HD) an episode to $24.99/$34.99 per season to own. To watch Battlestar Galactica: Razor, they offer an unrated extended version for $3.99 to rent or $9.99/$14.99 to own. The miniseries can be bought at $5.99 per episode (two parts) or $9.99 for both together.
YouTube has been offering a streaming service for some time now and Battlestar Galactica fans can be happy if this is your choice of service. The miniseries, Battlestar Galactica reboot, Battlestar Galactica: Caprica, and BSG: Blood & Chrome all can be found on the YouTube streaming site.
As with all of the other streaming sites, you can’t watch Battlestar Galactica for free here. The prices to watch range anywhere from $1.99/$2.99 per episode to $34.99/$39.99 per season.
Apple TV has even found itself in the Battlestar Galactica reboot game. You can get every single episode to binge for a mere $6.99 a month. If happen to purchase an Apple device, your first 3 months are included for free. After that, the $6.99 fee will be charged.
Battlestar Galactica 1978
There may be a few of you out there who either remember the classic 1978 Battlestar Galactica or you simply may be curious as to how the whole thing started. You can find the classic version, which only consists of one season worth of 24 episodes, on different streaming sites as well if you don’t mind plunking down a few coins to get it. Here are the options and prices.
Amazon Prime Video has their selection of the 1978 classic for $1.99 an episode or $24.99 a season. Since the series was made in 1978, there is no high-definition availability. Everything you see will be in standard definition.
The nice thing about the classic version being available on VUDU is that you do not have to purchase it to view it. You can rent the entire season for $3.99. If you wish to purchase it for your TV collection, you will pay $14.99. This is by far the best deal going.
Google Play only gives you one option for you classic Battlestar Galactica fans. You can purchase the entire season for $24.99.
If you are partial to YouTube, you have options. You can watch the classic Battlestar Galactica for $2.99 an episode or for those who wish to purchase, it will cost you $24.99 for the entire season.
Yes, Battlestar Galactica even produced its own webisodes. These are not easy to find and are not offered on any streaming service. But if one wishes to watch them, there are three available. BSG: The Resistance, BSG: Razor Flashbacks, and BSG: The Face of the Enemy. We found two of the three on YouTube to watch (Resistance and Enemy) but Flashbacks will be much harder to track down. Good luck.
There Has Long Been Talk Of A Battlestar Galactica Reboot
It has been a while since there has been any movement on the highly anticipated reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Some form of reimagining has been discussed for a decade, with one of the latest (in 2020) being a Battlestar Galactica film. Simon Kinberg and Dylan Clark were handling the duties with Kinberg penning the script.
Kinberg even spoke to Collider in January 2022 to explain where they were at in the process. “We are in the process of going out to directors and the hope is to attach a director and start prepping the movie this year,” Kinberg explained.
“It’s a megillah, humongous film and the prep will be a very long prep period so I would imagine even if we attached a director today it would take six, nine months to prep this movie properly. So at the earliest, we’d be shooting at the end of this year. We’d probably be shooting at the beginning of next year.”
With a movie still being discussed, what about the TV series that is also being talked about for the Peacock Network? According to Kinberg, that is also still a go, being led by producer Sam Esmail, and the two BSG entities will be sharing the same universe. He explained:
“In terms of the situation with Sam and the show, I can’t say too much about it other than there is synergy between the two enterprises and constant communication between us. We’ve become close and been having a really good time together and there will be, for lack of a better phrase and it’s an overused phrase, a shared universe.”
So, if these two new Battlestar Galactica‘s are somehow related, do they also share the same “universe” with the 2005 series? “There are connections, but it is certainly not simply a continuation or a remake of Ron Moore’s masterpiece,” Kinberg remarked. Esmail dropped bigger hints as to what fans should expect from the Peacock series (providing it ever gets in front of the cameras).
“There might be episodes that are longer than others,” Esmail offered, talking about how the planned reboot won’t follow the typical episodic format.
“There might be a three-episode arc. There might be a standalone episode that’s a half-hour long. We don’t want to put guardrails up at all. We want to do whatever’s best for each episode. And because I do believe in the episode model, I maybe share the frustration some critics have when showrunners go on and say ‘Well, it’s a 10-hour movie.’ That’s silly. It’s not. What we’re doing here is every episode you have the opportunity to change up the tone, to change up the story, to change up the point of view. So, we’re going to lean into that, not shy away from it.”
As of today, there has been no official update on the status of a new Battlestar Galactica. In the meantime, if you are needing your fix, there are plenty of ways to stream either series. Unfortunately, the days of free streaming are close to the end, so you will have to pay up a bit to get your Battlestar Galactica fix.