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25. Re: Christmas Legal Briefs Dec 26, 2012, 11:42 Beamer
 
The HBO stuff MSRPs for $80 usually, about twice anything else.

And I think there's a strong argument that more HBO show pirates would pay than other pirates. As people, such as The Oatmeal point out, many pirate because it's a choice between paying an enormous amount for cable or pirating.

HBO, though, or rather its parents, want you to pay an enormous amount for cable. Adding a third option, paying a reasonable price to stream, would just push people from cable to streaming, which is what they want to prevent. They'd rather more pirates, with also more cable subscribers, than fewer pirates but fewer cable subscribers.

Old, outdated thinking, perhaps, but it's owned by a cable company, not a content company.
 
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