I’ve had casual thoughts about cutting my satellite dish. I’ve decided against it for a number of reasons, some of which include watching sports, watching the business channels and the fact I like just sitting down and flipping channels until I find something interesting. I think TV is, all in all, a cheap and fairly effective form of entertainment. I’m more than happy spending 50 bucks a month for it.
While one of my buddies was over watching the hockey game the other night, he casually mentioned if I’d seen the latest episode of South Park. I told him I hadn’t, so he started telling me how hilarious the show was. About half way through his story, he just decided to show me the episode online. He took my laptop and found the site and then gave it back. I expected to see the website of Canada’s comedy channel, but instead he found a website with every single South Park episode on it. I promptly spent the solid part of the rest of the night on it.
Quick Google searches found me similar websites for the rest of my favorite shows- everything from The Simpsons to Star Trek The Next Generation. I’m not going to lie, I bookmarked all of them. I have to admit, I felt a little tinge of guilt when I did it. We’ll get back to that in a second. If you look at web consumption patterns, sites like these aren’t going away anytime soon. We’re demanding more and more video from the web, our appetite for video is seemingly insatiable.
How about the ethical implications of what I’m doing? I probably wasn’t going to buy South Park DVDs anyway, but my discovery certainly cemented that. Why should I have free access to something that should cost money? Even though it’s a frugal way to watch your favorite TV shows doesn’t mean it’s right.
I’m not sure what the answer is with this issue. At the end of the day I think it’s a personal decision. It certainly makes the eliminating your cable package argument a little bit more interesting.