Interesting. It's supposedly intrusive when a private individual does what the government does to us every day. Patriot Act anyone? Street cameras anyone? The "Secret Service" (I seriously doubt this is their jurisdiction but I'll play ball) probably approached him with a job offer....
They might as well hand the reigns over to NetFlix and/or Apple because if they have no unfettered access to episode, they have ZERO competitive advantage. At least with NetFlix, you get the option of waiting for the DVD to come out as a last resort.
I think the content companies are stupid too because the harder they make it to access content, the less likely it will be seen. ESPECIALLY in this era of streaming, YouTube and NetFlix. There's so much content out there that alot of it won't be missed if it's in accessible.
Hulu WAS a great idea. I was paying up until I lost the entire series of episodes I was watching IN ONE DAY. I cancelled the service and went to a better service provider that happens to be free.... torrents. Content companies cannot legitimately call it theft when they have voluntarily withdrawn content from me that I was willing to pay for!