I didn't say pirating it was the preferred method, just not to feel bad about pirating it. Sounds like he's paid for the content and just couldn't get it legally. So I don't see a moral issue with obtaining it illegally.
In a perfect world HBOGo would have all of the episodes you are looking for. This isn't a perfect world however.
(Viruses in pirated content, really? Just read the damn comments they aren't hard to avoid.)
Because that is the reality of the situation today. You will never, ever kill piracy. The entire thrust of this blog is how to complete with piracy and make money doing so.
The crazy thing about all of you AC's is how you attack Mike and this site while he is only trying to help you.
However, if the only way the new models can compete is by taking the product of the "old models" and delivering it without cost, then they really aren't better business models.
Correction - they aren't better business models for you! Why don't you guys ever consider the customer in your arguments? It isn't Mike himself out there costing you $10-bizallion in lost sales every year. It's your own goddamn customers. They decided your business model is no good. Deal with it.
Neither me or any of my friends are willing to spend $30+ on a single blu-ray. Most don't pirate, some do, most are willing to go without instead of pay those prices. Personally I got a Kindle for Christmas and have switched the vast majority of my spending to Amazon and Steam. Really TV and movies aren't that important.
Most of my friends have had or currently do have a Netflix account. Single biggest complaint on Netflix? Lack of new content. These are paying customers looking for the content you worship above all else who can't get it.
Here's a tip, put this junk on Netflix for reasonable rates. I can guarantee that piracy rates will plummet overnight.
I think you guys in the US just have ass-backwards companies. We've got 3 main mobile providers in Canada, sure there's smaller players but they are really small. All of the 3 majors allow tethering and my Android device has allowed allowed me to setup a WiFi hotspot off of it.
I believe that even Rogers (typically the worst of the big players) has even allowed shared data plans for at least 2 years now.
If we can have this stuff in Canada with only 3 major carriers I think it is more than just the lack of competition holding you back in the US.
Who gives a shit about this media company content?! Take it away!! No one cares!!
I think that is one of the most stunning things about your side of the argument (other than the pathological need to lie to make your point), you think that everyone goes online to look at your stupid content.
The internet existed before your crap made it online and it would exist without it. I for one don't go online to watch crappy TV and the vast majority of people I know don't either. Take it all away, no one cares.
Just pledged my $30 as well. Sitting at $906,759 with 33 days left. Here's hoping for enough money for an Android version! Point and Click adventure seems to be screaming for a touch interface (iOS would be cool too, but I don't use it so Android it is!).
I just wanted to pledge to be a part of this. I think we're watching something special here.