At least we had the opportunity to watch Dexter on Netflix for a while... Maybe opening older episodes or seasons of these shows up for a wider audience would help? Nah, too logical, and not enough pressure to subscribe to premium cable channels that way...
In Europe, at least in smaller European countries the illegal option is about 100 times better than the legal ones. Free, no ads, 720p, on demand, day after release. Versus free, ads, maybe 720p, not on deamnd, 1 year after release (+ -).
It probably wouldn't be so bad if places like Australia actually aired the material. For example, Australian TV hasn't shown past season 4 of Dexter, and when they do it's on at ungodly hours of the morning, however often they feel like. Try watching a season that isn't even aired in chronological order, and isn't even aired consistently every week. In prime time they insist on airing reality shows that kill brain cells. I'm not joking either, you can actually feel yourself getting dumber as you watch it.
As for Game of Thrones, well it's just too good for our sensitive Australian eyes. You see, our government thinks we are all 15 years old, and adjusts what we can watch (and play) accordingly.
"You are all so lucky to live in this wonderful country, you don't have to worry about a thing. Just leave all the thinking up to us. It's better that way, you know, for your own good"
Damn right we "ilegaly" download "pirated" shows. I'm not going to watch what I want to watch at the moment YOU want me to watch it! I want to watch my shows WHEN I WANT TO!
It's a damn shame that tv networks can't stream the shows themselves, that way they can put their comercial advertisements (The "Ilegal" downloading part) they want in between and all of us would be happy watching the show whenever we want.
Also whats the differance between that and recording them with the DVR I built? I didn't feel like paying the cable company $10/mo for a DVR, but wanted to catch my shows that come on at 1AM, or when I'm not home.
Why does it seem to be illegal to d/l a show I missed from someone else who DVR'd it but not illegal to record it on my DVR.
I've been reading the GoT books, well no, only the 1st. But I'm almost done with it. I've seen the first 2 seasons of the TV show though. The books are great of course, but I might take a different path than most others that have read books, I really don't think you gain enough reading the books to make it worth the effort. Just watch the show, the show is excellent.