Perhaps if Bell/Rogers/Cogeco/Shaw/Videotron/etc didn't charge an arm and a leg for their services, ppl wouldn't be willing to go this route. The fact that more and more ppl are cancelling their subs and going the Kodi or IPTV route should tell you something. Ppl clearly want to pay less for their TV and are willing to sacrifice quality for price.yvrmike wrote: ↑Jun 8th, 2018 2:00 pmYour characterization of me is inaccurate. I'm hardly a newbie when it comes to IP; I've been involved in the internet since the very early days. One of my early jobs included responsibility for policing against copyright violations in a fortune 500 company.
I'm also not a slave to the big telcablecos. In response to policy and pricing changes I've lobbied Shaw at the executive VP level. Have you?
Voting with my wallet not my morality, we get all the service we need with a combo of the most basic Shaw service possible and discounted Internet from a Shaw reseller, same service level, and VoIP.ms for phone. I'm cost conscious too.
But supporting criminal enterprises - be they ma and pa shops or otherwise - is not something I am willing to do. Soft-pedaling theft might soothe your conscience but the issue shouldn't be swept under the carpet. Other less educated folks visiting threads like these should know exactly what they are "buying".
The title of the thread should reflect the intent. Having an honest discussion about the "product" you and others are willing to promote isn't trolling unless you have a problem with honesty.
I don't imagine RFD would allow a thread that suggested easy retail outlets to shop lift from or ways of conducting fraud. Why should it support a thread like this is a question that ought to be asked.
Is this illegal, of course it is, but the way to fight this is to offer fair competitive prices. The Big 3 have been gouging their customers for decades and ppl have reached the boiling point. Inflation continues to rise at a rapid rate and increases in salary are not keeping up with that inflation. Thus every month/year, there is less money to be spent on entertainment after you pay your primary/important bills (rent/mortgage/hydro/utilities/property taxes/etc) Simply put there isn't enough money left to spend on frivolous things like TV, so sacrifices must be made but yet ppl still want their TV too. Oh the irony eh.....
If you want to stop piracy, it's very easy to do.... The reason why piracy exists is because the consumer isn't happy with the quality of the product they are paying for. The reality is this when it comes to TV..... we maybe watch 10 channels on a regular basis out of 100's of channels in our subs. The telcos have got us cornered as they offer the add ons for $5-10 a month, but they add only 1 channel to that package that they know we want, but place with a bunch of crap channels we don't want. Spread this out over multiple packages and it's not really that surprising why our bills are $120+ a month. In today's economy who has $120+ to waste on TV? Lower your prices, stop gouging your customers and most ppl will ditch the "illegal" route. The telcos have nobody to blame but themselves for driving ppl to go this route.
You can use this example for all kinds of illegal things like music, movies, etc. Put out a quality music album or produce a worthy movie at a reasonable price and ppl will buy it. Ppl are tired of being taken for a ride and they are fighting back and the big corporations don't like it as they can't control us like they could 20 yrs ago.
Welcome to 2018 and beyond. The ppl are speaking with their wallets, but are the big corporations smart enough to listen?