Mmm you got it backwards. Bad for HBO, if they want to make money they could SELL the shows online instead of trying to mess them up. Does not matter, there is lots of Rome episodes anyways they can poison a few if they want..
Cable providers need to wake up and smell the real world. The reason most people download shows online is because its so easy, I bet you if they provided option to download the shows you want for a small fee (im talking per show not the whole network) they would make millions.
Lets see Must_Use_Name..would you pay whatever price HBO is a month just to watch ONE thing you like? Heck no! No one would because you know your getting jipped.
Its simple networks, offer shows online for a one time download fee, 50 cents or so, a commerical free episode, to download online, your still making more without commercials because its available to everyone regardless if they have cable or not with you. People would pay that price instead of downloading it free off BT simply because its the real deal, simple as that.
I would of gladly payed money for all the episodes of Lost, ER, House, etc if they offered it online. But you don't offer the service.