Good to see that this sort of shake down won't be making its way to Australia. Though there is far less need for downloading with decent streaming services and pay per view services hitting our shores...
There are still examples of exclusivity making it painful to watch what you want without a VPN or Foxtel subscription (GoT on Foxtel, no thanks I'll use a VPN). You also have annoying delays:
- Humans is on ABC and paid download but both are showing an episode of season 1 each week even though season 2 is starting (and +ABC Australia
iView is buggy as hell on ps4 and Chromecast)
- Mr Robot has come out exclusively on Presto (garbage app and generally low quality streaming), thankfully I still have a free trial of presto so I can battle through bugs and crashes to watch a great series
In the case of Humans (which is a bloody great show so far) I ended up buying the series (as iView is so unreliable), but I'm having it drip fed to me an episode at a time which is bullshit. I'd prefer to have just bought Mr Robot as well too but instead I'm watching it with a free trial on a bad streaming service (as I can't just buy the series).
Even with the recent progress it's still cheaper and easier to get ALL the TV and Movies you want with dodgy downloads. Buying/streaming needs to be easier than downloading (when you can watch on Netflix or buy it generally is) and the delay needs to go away. There is some people either can't or won't pay (that won't change) but there are plenty of others who will if it's easier*.
*there is also people like me stubbornly working far harder than I should to find the legal (streaming/purchase) option. I currently have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Stan and free trials for Showtime (Penny Dreadful is freaky good) and Presto (service is garbage but at least I can watch Mr Robot). Even with all of that there is stuff I can't buy or watch at the time of release (Fx and AMC shows). I'm probably watching more TV than I should at the moment anyway.. (though it is kind of the Golden Age of TV right now and winter in Australia ;)