At a lunch table discussion the other day, we got to talking about the recent news about CBS and NBC offering some of their shows for $1 or $2. I wondered whether torrent users (specifically those that download currently airing TV shows) would change their tune. The reasons I hear for downloading essentially boil down to “They don’t support the business model I want. I want on-demand TV viewing.” Well, now the business model is taking shape, albeit with a limited number of shows. So I wonder: will torrent users stop downloading the shows that are available for a couple of bucks?
(A comment was also made during this discussion that downloading TV shows that have aired is legal, which would make the point moot. However, stories like this BBC article lead me to believe otherwise…)