Piracy is a tricky subject, especially when it comes to pay TV. On one hand, there is little question that stealing is wrong, and streaming pay TV channels without paying for them is, without question, stealing. But on the other hand, television networks and pay TV service providers have created an industry that couldn’t possibly be more anti-consumer. Bundles force subscribers to pay for content they’ll never watch, customer service is atrocious, and shady deals prevent competition in each region so consumers rarely have choices.
At this point, cutting the cord is the only way consumers can fight back, but it obviously comes at a cost — most programming is no longer available as it airs. Beyond that, the networks might feel the sting but pay TV providers still win, since they also supply the country with high-speed Internet service.
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