Friday, November 26th, 2004

TV piracy hits the mainstream


Maclean’s has an article about how TV shows are the latest targets of miscreants and pirates on the Interweb. About time they caught up.

I only use my cable for news. I can’t be bothered to keep track of when stuff is on, and I’m almost always at my computer, so with a combo of Bittorrent and RSS, I pull the four shows I regularly watch off the net, and then check them out when I damn well feel like it. If I ever go freelance overseas, I’ll still be able to use the same process to keep up with TV back home.

And if the networks are so concerned, charge me a buck or two to download the shows. I’ll gladly pay that to get the few shows I do want when I want them.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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