And people wonder why cable rates are so much higher than other services. GEE, I wonder why. It's because of assholes who "look the other way" while the service is being stolen. The same thing goes for software. Microsoft charges an assload of money for software because the percentage of people who actually pay for the software are making up for the loss in piracy. Same thing with hospital bills. Assholes go to the hospital, knowing they can't afford the bill, and never pay anything back for the services rendered. Thats why an emergency room VISIT costs close to $500. Think about what you're saying, as it applies to more than the "greedy cable company". Oh well, that America for ya. If you're broke, then I can understand why you'd steal something, but it don't mean that you're not obligated to pay for it later.
If you really think that, you are completely oblivious to the way things work in the real world. You've been completely duped by the media and the companies spreading this utter bullshit.
Cable rates are so high because cable companies want more profits. End of story. I worked for Time Warner, and they even try to spin this crap to the employees, but if you take a closer look, you find out pretty quickly that it's false. Cable companies lose basically nothing when people pirate. They call it a loss because they dream of those people paying the current rates, but it's not a loss. It's really a lack of a gain for them. It's like saying I lost $2 million because the bank vault was closed when I tried to rob it. I didn't lose it, it was never mine to begin with.
The same thing applies to Microsoft. They can claim software piracy drives up the price as much as they want, but in the end they are just raping the consumer to drive their bottom line.
The bottom line is, there is always going to be people that steal, but if companies charged reasonable rates instead of screwing people, there would be far less people stealing.