|reply to tmc8080 |
Re: The last straw
Another form of piracy back in the day was to buy a blank VHS cassette, rent a movie or check one out at the public library, open the cassettes up and switch out the tapes in the shell so when you returned the movie to the library/rental store it would appear that they have their movie back but they ended up with a blank tape.
Many movie rental outfits/libraries started using tamper seals that if cut or removed that you would be billed the replacement cost of the movie.
An even more heinous (and likely illegal) act was putting porn movies in the VHS cassette shells of children's movies. I know for a fact that this act is illegal in the State of Iowa as they have a law prohibiting the distribution of adult content to minors (my mother pressed charges under that law when some school bullies sent porn to my e-mail inbox when I was 13).
VHS is all but dead these days. Blu-ray is much higher quality and you could fit the entire Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers collection (in 4:3 SD) on one Blu-ray.
I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I have not and will not cut the cord.