Frack Sky TV and Murdock!!!
Use Bit Torrent and download your American TV shows, which as OP states, are bought and paid for in America when shown on Sky TV.
Just use freeview and hook your PC up to your TV, or view files on PC, or burn to DVD and watch via DVD player, whatever, most popular TV shows we
like in England and sister states of the UK are uploaded on Bit Torrent, well seeded so they download at decent kilter.
Stick to Freeview, download the rest, your conscience dictates whether a film should be downloaded or not, but the way i see it, if it's aired to TV
anywhere in the world, it is fair game for being downloaded and anti piracy idiots have a frackin' cheek trying to assert TV programmes should be a
copyright infraction if less than broadcast quality digital copies of TV shows or aired to TV films are shared on P2P.
I agree with OP, this is my solution i suggest one employs if OP's post strikes a few chords with you.
If you don't know how to proceed with BT, Wikipedia is a starting point, clients are Azureus Vuse for people with decent spec 'puters and Utorrent
for any with less than decent system resources as it's C++ coding not java like Vuse so not system hungry. Pirate bay, eztv.it and newtorrents.info
are a start for TV shows, etc, etc, pirate bay has a good forum to help with questions so do other trackers and Vuse and Utorrent have user forums for
advice as well.
[Vuse is best used in "Classic Interface". Goto, tools menu -> Options, select Advanced User, -> Interface -> Start and just below centre left of
page is UI Chooser, select Classic and Save, bottom left.]
Bit Torrent also allows American viewers to view UK shows as well, in fact Bit Torrent has people who download shows from many other different
countries, even has subtitles dedicated to released encodes of shows catering for many main languages around the world, for shows you cannot find the
same with a TV, it opens up Western TV shows to the whole world, the TV shows we in English speaking countries enjoy, avalable for viewing with so
many countries translated into subtitles usually a day or so after airing in the USA/UK or wherever, same as European/Indian etc shows are usually
translated to English so we can enjoy the offerings of other cultures as they can ours, not everything is available but so much is.
It isn't about denying corporates their profits so much as not accepting their greed, the fact they lie through their hind teeth to manipulate
governments and con politicians etc, proves they deserve people, especially the poorer in society, denying those like Murdock some of their con artist
Take the piss anyway, Sky do. I did as is only prudent and wise, and cancelled my Sky subscription when i bust my wrist and had to resign work in late
2005, they even called me 2 weeks after i cancelled asking why i was an unhappy customer and tried to incentivise me to resubscribe, didn't seem to
compute with them that i was now on basic state benefit so subscription TV wasn't an option.
Then, 5 months later i get letters from a debt collector demanding £79 because i owed Sky 3 months subscription (+ costs), i got onto Sky and said if
they check the ruddy dates, i wasn't able to use my decoder because the account was closed and final bill paid, after several more calls they
cancelled the debt collector and said sorry.
then for 2 years, every couple of months, i had sales people calling me and every time they used the same manipulation, asserting i still owed money
and if i resubscribed they would cancel the debt, which i didn't owe them and had already sorted it out, to do it again, and again, about 5 times i
had the same BS of having it out with salespeople and managers, really pissed me off, last was about July 2008.
Dunno if anybody else has had similar, but i experienced them as disingenuous tossers, and then some.
Even if i did decide to get subscription TV again, it'd be Virgin i use, not that oik Murdock, he disgusts me, the way he manipulates the general
public and government here.
Sky, never again man.
Bit Torrent isn't all about stealing music and brand new films so depriving primary profit uptake, i frown on Cam piracy myself, but TV shows should
be no business of anti piracy, period.
Bit Torrent is the answer to the OP's issue!!!
[Happy to advise further about using Bit Torrent, just message me.]
[edit on 4-9-2010 by DeltaPan]