In my neck of the woods, not the US, where I like watching specific TV series from the US, the local stations hack it up - censoring anything that might upset the local censorship board. Of course, it's not just TV shows. HDO Asia and Cinemax Asia don't broadcast uncut movies either.
To top it off, they're usually behind and they don't offer everything, so there's always something I can't watch on regular TV.
Rather than hunt (without any TV guide of any kind) and try to remember when or where a particular show is being aired, I've done the next best thing. I've switched off the TV.
My wife watches the local channels while I watch episodes downloaded via EZTV. Am I a pirate? Only by Hollywood's definition.
While I was pirating my favorite TV show*, I paid attention to the locations of the peers that were part of the swarm. I would guestimate there was less than 1% of them originating from the US. Almost all of my fellow pirates were from other countries, countries that are blocked from watching them any other way.
Yes, I have attempted to get my weekly fix the legal way and in every instance, my country wasn't authorized. Now, to be honest, they'll probably be broadcast on my local cable network sometime before 2020, but that's beside the point. I am more than willing to pay to get my TV fix here in the Philippines, but I'm not willing to wait until someone else says it's okay to broadcast them where I live or even sell DVDs of them.
The *AAs are targeting the wrong people. There actually are gangs of thieving** copyright fiends who make something like a 2% profit and they're untouchable.
Just my 2 cents.
* I'm American and I started watching this show when I still lived in the US. Why does being in a different country prohibit me from even paying?
** Copyright infringement != theft, regardless of the idiots that say so.
One day, while trying to download the wrong thing, I ended up getting a thoroughly corrupted copy of the latest version of "The Karate Kid". I don't remember the name of the file, but it wasn't what I was looking for in the first place (I was actually looking for something anime for my son since that's his thing).
I'm in the Philippines and my ISP at the time was Subictel. They received an e-mail message from the MPAA, which they forwarded to me. Along with all the stupid condescending stuff they wrote, they pointed me to places where I could legally buy the movie. Guess what?
I can't buy anything from even one of 20 places they had on the list. If I really want that movie (and I don't), I can only get it by 1) scouring every mall in the Philippines, hoping to find a copy (at the US price, by the way) or 2) by illegally downloading it.
So, someone please tell me again that the MPAA wants my money and I'll let you know when I can breathe again after a very large bout of side-splitting, blood-curling laughter.
I used to work for a telemarketing company that specialized in newspaper subscriptions. There are so many cancelled subscriptions every month, it's surprising they can even stay in business.
The offers are ridiculous. For example, they may include a separate Sunday edition for free with a regular subscription or they may include a regular subscription along with a Sunday edition. They claim these as separate numbers when they're really the same. 79,000? More likely to be 39,000 or less. My bet is way less for the online edition.
You'd be surprised at how many people subscribe to newspapers for the "coupon incentive". That really doesn't exist the same way online.
Google's changes to the algorithms are going to be more difficult than many expect. That are a lot of multi-author content sites out there and not all of them are spammy. Every multi-author blog can be considered a blog farm and in the same way, each can be called a content farm. The quality of each one depends on who's in charge of checking the content. And then again, low quality doesn't mean no value.