The Sci Fi Channel has bought exclusive cable rights to “Firefly” from Twentieth TV for a total license fee of about $450,000 in a deal that includes three episodes Fox never ran.
— “‘Firefly’ spreading wings”, Variety
On second thought, I suppose it’s all gravy at this point– FOX has already made a boatload of money from selling advertising for the original airings, plus the sales 0f 200,000+ DVD box sets. It just seemed odd at first, since there was a lot of hubbub about how Firefly cost so much (roughly $1.5 million per episode) to produce, which is why Sci Fi couldn’t pick it up as another original series, like they did with Stargate SG-1 after Showtime dumped it.
In other news, Global Frequency don’t need no stinkin’ TV network– this thing practically distributes itself!