No legal alternative
While I was away on a recent vacation, there was a service interruption from our cable TV, so our normally reliable TiVo failed to record two important shows. First, I checked the program guide, but neither episode was scheduled to be broadcast again. Next, I checked the iTunes store, but neither program was available for sale. Finally, I checked the networks’ websites, but they did not offer the episodes for streaming or for downloading. With no alternatives, I scoured the internet for unauthorized copies. Each took days to download, followed by hours to convert into a format that I could show on the TV. A big nuisance.
I was willing to pay money to download the program. I was willing to record another broadcast with commercials. But there was no legal alternative. And the TV networks lost a revenue opportunity.