Was it Karl Marx or one of his teachers that said to look for the beneficiary
to explain any financial decisions?
If your household income is $100K/year and all the TV you like is ~$1K/year it's a rounding error.
Unless you really like geeky/nerdy activities, you won't look into cord cutting and other similar potentially (!) $$-saving activities. And you shouldn't!
If you really want to feel frugal, just cut one going out dinner+movie event with your significant other and it's paid for!
What really amuses me, is how often a rational
explanation is sought for this behavior. Why?
"I have the money. I spend it the way I like
. End of story". Why to be ashamed of?
RE: piracy in the audio/video space.
I believe this was born as a purely North American phenomenon that got spread worldwide.
Look at Europe: they have well established standards for video transmission (DVB-T, DVB-S, DVB-C)
and all players have to obey by them. You can buy a extension card, plug it into your computer
and watch all that on your PC. Buying some encrypted programming? Plug the CAM into the
same card and proceed as usual. Applies to terrestrial, satellite and cable programming.
Why is it so messed up in North America? Will I reveal a national secret if I say this way the consumers are milked "better"?
Maybe then they (who makes money!) shouldn't be surprised that the satellite programming gets hacked. Again and again!
What an exercise in self-humiliation was the CableCard "initiative"!
Same about mobile standards. Europe runs 95%+ on GSM, it works better and costs less.
Since the US can buy the smartest brains (but not always employ them), some are used to develop Napster. Hack Nagra. Develop BitTorrent.
I recall reading about the main reason Daimler-Chrysler duo fell apart:
the gap between the highest and lowest wage (janitor to president) at Mercedes is ten times less than at Chrysler!
I believe there is one reason why NA habits spread to Europe and not the other way around: Hollywood.
They do produce the most successful shows/movies/sitcoms/etc.
And Netfilx is the "trojan horse" in this expansion...