Yet again, they miss the point.
Provide people with the product they’re demanding, and they will pay for it.
When I was in high school, it was Napster. You couldn’t legally download music, so people resorted to doing it illegally. Now we have iTunes, Spotify, and a plethora of other legal music download sites. Fantastic.
In the US, they have Hulu, Netflix, and a ton of other businesses that offer fast access to tv shows and movies. Fantastic.
In Australia, if we’re lucky, we’ll get to see an episode of a popular tv show within 48-72 hours, and there is rarely, if ever, a legal download option. Most of the time you’re looking at a period of months between an airdate in the US, and an airdate in Australia.
You want to know why people are downloading it?
There’s your reason.
Provide us with a simultaneous broadcast, or access to Hulu or Netflix which isn’t geoblocked, and we’d pay for it.
The fact that they expect Australia to wait days to see it on “fast track” is a joke. If you don’t see it within an hour of it airing on the East Coast of the US, spoilers are all over Twitter and Facebook, and the show is ruined.
In no way do I condone the illegal downloading of tv shows, movies, or music. But if you want your explanation, there it is.