In addition to full episodes of their TV Shows, NBC’s website has lots of web only content. All of that content is blocked from outside the US. To me this sends one message unmistakable message. Look elsewhere. Of course the other popular service, Hulu, is blocked as well. That means if I want to see shows like Heroes in English I have one choice download them or stream them from sketchy websites. NBC clearly doesn’t want me as the legitimate viewer I am all too willing to be. In the long run, if a show is good enough I’ll buy or rent the DVD’s in a year or so, but that doesn’t help for web only content.
My question: when companies like NBC tally up their piracy stats to lobby for more protections do they also count the people downloading and streaming content that is otherwise impossible for them to get? My guess is they do. It seems disingenuous to me, they should be putting these “criminal acts” in a different pile. Maybe call that pile, “the people who want to be our customers but we’re too short-sided to let that happen and besides we’d make more money and wouldn’t have as much to complain about pile.” Or you could simply label this group, “product of failing business model.”