You are probably half right..
Wise move, I stir the pot there on occasions, it satisfies my sick mind
But getting back on subject,
Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view. How else do you obtain the latest TV series or Movie, without waiting months for a supposed over priced copy to appear on the Retail market, But to download / Torrent / pirate / steal / etc. If you can come up with a valid practical alternative, I'm all ears.
A short perusal of what's available via a streaming service. i.e. Netflex, will tell you that current programming is not available, and discount the fact that our Internet speeds are way,way slower then the rest of the world and three times the price. So if it does Show up, half the time it's unwatchable. But that's OK, just keep feeding them cash every month and don't complain.
What your saying in effect is watch it with copious amounts of advertising on the Television and be satisfied, or wait for months for it to become available and overpriced in a retail store.
Why should anyone have to tolerate that sort of situation, When you can torrent download, more or less the next day. And whether you except the fact or not , there's nothing illegal in downloading. We hear all the time that the government of the day are going to make peoples ISP's report an infractions, by way of warning letters. Telling the perpetrator just how naughty they are. First it was June, then September, them December, then January One. Nothings happened, and why, Simple they know they can't get away with it and ISP's have better things to do, But drive there customers away by sending out uninformative crap, about what there doing in private.
There is always something to watch, there is plenty of fresh and old content available to keep people occupied while waiting for content to make it here, people are simply impatient. I own a massive Blu-ray collection (some of which you can't get here, but I didn't turn to piracy though, instead I imported them still paying for the content. Often content can be sourced from somewhere while still paying for it, and often at a reasonable price), have access to Netflix, Stan etc. I have more than enough content to keep me going, as does everyone else. Content is not a necessity, people don't need to see it straight away or even at all, they want to, therefore there are no valid reasons to pirate, just excuses. I only just started watching True Detective season 2, and I won't be watching Game of Thrones season 5 or The X-Files season 10 until the physical media releases (for the X-Files partly because I'm still watching seasons 1-9 on Blu-ray), which is next month for GoT5 and June for The X-Files. I haven't had ad's interrupt my viewing for years. I don't watch FTA or Foxtel.
Our internet infrastructure isn't up to scratch, people know this, but yet this hasn't stopped a large percentage of Australian's from turning their backs on physical media (essentially because they are too impatient to wait for delivery, are too lazy to go to the shops, or to get off the couch to put the disc on) for this so called convenient technology that is poor quality, but then complain about it's poor quality, and this being a reason why they pirate, rotfl. It's not the studios/content providers fault that our internet infrastructure is crap.
What people can't get from streaming/download services, they can often get on physical media, or visa-versa. It's unrealistic to expect all content to be available through one delivery method, it's never going to happen. Consumers need to adjust their expectation on this, and except the reality that to get every bit of content they want legitimately, they have to be willing to source content from multiple services and formats.
People can complain about content that they want not being available all they like, but in reality consumers are greatly responsible for less content being available, and the current state of the Australian market. Blu-ray is a good example of this (currently best quality available), the average consumer hasn't supported the format, and as a result less content is released. People clearly want the quality it provides, otherwise they wouldn't be downloading Blu-ray rips, however many don't seem to be prepared to pay for it, even when many of them can be had for $6-$10 each (and can always be sold, unlike downloads that people pay for). The UV/digital copy codes and/or DVD's that come with some of them can also be sold individually to further reduce the overall price.
In the end, people that pirate content are affecting themselves in many ways (but never take any of the blame), unfortunately their actions also affect me and other Blu-ray enthusiasts, which is why I will never condone it.
Edit: Inserted three words. Edit 2: Corrected a couple of spelling errors, extended the first sentence in the fourth paragraph, and added a sentence to the end of the fourth paragraph.
Edited by Cevolution, Yesterday, 02:56 PM.