Are we talking streaming, or DVD as well? I would assume this is only streaming, but who knows. If Universal has an agreement exclusively with HBO, and I cannot get HBO (I do not subscribed to pay TV), then I guess I would feel inclined to find that movie through other, less legal venues. The way this is written, it would seem that even DVD is at stake. If this is the case, then I would certainly get my movies via alternative routes. I already pay $20/month for Netflix, $8/mo for Hulu, I wouldn't then pay ANOTHER $15/month to get more shows... I think other posters had it right, that while it may not be legal, people will justify it somehow. I would loose little sleep with the thought that I am costing the movie industry money, given the excessive income of the higher ups in the industry.
said by Cacord :
Are we talking streaming, or DVD as well? I would assume this is only streaming, but who knows. If Universal has an agreement exclusively with HBO, and I cannot get HBO (I do not subscribed to pay TV),
You CAN get HBO, you CHOSE not to. Which is fine but since you CHOOSE not to you are not inclined to that content.
What about those of us who DO have subs to all the movie channels and download the shows anyway? Not to share, but to watch when and where I choose. Some of the series that I may not have been into in their beginning may not have the first season(s) on Netflix\Hulu for various reasons, so my alternative is to get them a different way.