Had some time on the road and used the opportunity to catch up on the podgrams. Dear Stephen, I have to say that your speech that was recorded for the iTunes festival was spot on with reference to downloading be it legal or otherwise. I have to say that I am a case in point.
I have been downloading Dr Who.... In my defense I have to say that CBC here in Canada drove me to it. When they finally started showing it they started at Episode 4. And Episode 8 they only ever played half of! So I took to finding them on the net to the point that I would choose to download each episode soon after it played in Britain, not bothering to wait for CBC to play it 6 months later.
Now, just a few months ago all 4 series were released on iTunes ( including the specials that CBC never showed) and, for a very reasonable price. So I did exactly as you said, I downloaded them legally. Ironically, they are sitting on my AppleTV as yet unwatched. But the snow is starting to fly so the opportunity beckons.
So, if you give me the opportunity to buy it easily and for a reasonable price I will do so. I even prefer to do so as it is quite a bother to search, find, download and convert the "non legal" way. If not, then I will find it another way.
To complete the irony, my father in law is about to have a hip replacement and we thought your US program would be something he would enjoy watching while recuperating. Well it seems I can't find it on the iTunes store...in Canada.
So if the various companies involved would stop wasting their resources on preventing non legal downloading and instead concentrate on making it easier to purchase I would not be "forced" to deprive you.....