Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 04:03 UTC
Multimedia, AV "With over 3 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is without doubt the most pirated TV-show of the season. Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that most of the pirates come from Australia, while London tops the list of pirate cities. But why have these people turned to BitTorrent?" Because in order to get it legally, I have to take a monthly subscription costing me €15 per month. So instead, I buy the season box sets as they come out, and download them every Monday morning in the meantime.
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RE[2]: I can't get HBO
by spudley99 on Mon 21st May 2012 11:05 UTC in reply to "RE: I can't get HBO"
spudley99
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2009-03-25

Forgive my USA ignorance, but I don't think I'll ever understand the need for a "license" to watch TV.


I can understand that sentiment. I don't agree with you, but I can easily see where you're coming from. I'd like to give you my counter arguments, to help you understand where we're coming from:


The cost of the license pays for the BBC (all their TV channels, plus radio, web etc), as well as subsidising Channel 4 and several other media. It also covers some of the cost of the terrestrial transmission network, which means that even the non-subsidised "free to air" channels are benefiting from it.

I'm not Welsh or Scots, but the BBC and Channel 4 between them also provides the only TV output in the Welsh and Gaelic languages. Not something I'd watch, but I believe the world would be poorer without them, and they certainly wouldn't be made by a commercial company.

The BBC also provides broadcast services for Parliament. I consider this to be very valuable service for the democratic process, but it only works due to the non-political, non-commercial nature of the BBC. (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi)

So there is significant value in all that output, which is worth paying for. Personally, I'm very happy with the value for money provided by the license fee. I just think of it as a subscription to the "free to air" TV services. It makes for good value even just for that, before you even count the additional services it provides.

The complete lack of advertising on the BBC channels is an added bonus that, frankly, would be worth paying the license for on its own -- I've tried watching TV in the US, and I just couldn't cope with the constant interruptions. The adverts completely ruined my favourite show, and I had to give up an extra half hour of my time to watch it compared to watching it on the BBC.

Given that, I really don't see any need to pay a subscription for the commercial services (ie either Sky or Virgin). Sure, they offer channels and shows I can't get otherwise, but there is sufficient good quality TV on the standard service that I don't miss them.

If there are any shows or films I really want to watch, I can always buy the DVD a few months later anyway - with the quantity I'd want to buy, it's still cheaper than subscribing to Sky, and I get to choose when to watch. Plus no ads.

The only thing still missing is all the live sport that Sky have snapped up. But I'm not really a sports fan anyway. Certainly not enough to pay the kinds of premiums Sky thinks it can get away with.

Oh, and no I haven't pirated Game Of Thrones. If I want it, I'll see if I can buy the DVD.

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