Our one pay TV provider, Foxtel, broke off the sports channels into an optional extra package several years ago (after almost ten years of customer demand). Suffice to say when that option came in, we dumped the sports channels faster than you could say $15 per month extra.
Now they have the V8 Supercars races so I'm tempted but I only watch that every now and then when bored so it's not worth the now $25 per month extra.
Good point. I'd forgotten about SCMS, although I bought a CD recorder recently to make it easier to transfer any cassettes and records I want computerised. I'm used to recording to CD-RW then ripping it to edit in the computer, so no SCMS.
I'm always happy to record via analogue if I can't record in digital. It might "degrade" the sound quality but its by one generation (digital source to analogue signal to digital recording) so the quality loss for me is negligible.
But, yes, you're right. SCMS is the main reason most digital recording technologies of the 1990's never really took off before the PC based CD-R's, IMO.
If anybody is interested, my music library includes at least 10 albums that you can't buy on iTunes plus at least a dozen songs. And that is only "so far" as I've only ripped about 10% of my music collection.
And I can play it anywhere. I have my music on CD. And cassette. And some on my phone. I'm contemplating mini-discs. No need for 8-track, although it would be funny just to see people's face when I switch programmes and Radiohead start playing. Or Taylor Swift. I can't decide which would be more amusing. Maybe some Kanye West (yuck!)
As for physical media, I use a CD player, a cassette deck - yes, I said a cassette deck! - a record player - sorry, a turntable - and a hard disk drive in my computer. I buy what I like. If I don't know a song, YouTube usually fixes that. And if I like it, I buy it. Some things new, some things second hand.
The best part is, though: It is all mine and I choose what to do with it.
I "reserved" one of the content removed shirts with T-spring in case they restarted it (which they did) because if it restarted, I wanted to be notified about it so I could buy one.
It turned out that it didn't just notify me, it was the purchase as well, which, at the time it went through, suddenly made my credit card almost $40 overdrawn! Well, I'm getting the T-shirt, I've paid the extra on the credit card and, overall, I'm not complaining, I just know what will happen if there's a next time!
What? You meant people took that seriously? Someone at the time showed me and we went "Oh dear!" and laughed because it was... well, funny.
Do you remember the tourist of death? I heard (again, at the time) it took a panel of experts seven weeks to determine that it was fake. Myself, I took one look, saw the angle of the jet and knew straight away it wasn't real. But boy did it look good.