I am still a newbie here…this is my first thread I made all by myself (yay me!) so I am still only guessing if this is the right forum. I apologize in advance if it is better suited elsewhere.
This has been bugging me for a while, but even more so after reading the Glee thread here where there is some speculation/wondering as to what might happen within the show when it returns after its hiatus. Why don’t television shows get leaked the way some movies do?
I know about the legality aspects, and I do not nor do I advocate illegally downloading anything and I am not asking for help to find pirated media or anything like that, but every now and then you hear about a movie making it to the internet before its theatrical release, usually by way of ‘screener’ copies or ‘work copies’ (ala Watchmen) but you never hear of the same thing for (popular) television shows. [I know television shows do get ‘pirated’ but it is my understanding that episodes are only available after the original air date.]
Is it just no one cares enough to break the law for something that will be free to view (excepting cable fees of course) or that there is no money to be made on pirating television (although I am still at a loss as to how money is made by posting illegal copies online) or are television shows not filmed far enough ahead of airing to make it practical to pirate them or is it something else entirely?
Again, just wondering about the “whys” and I am not trying to open a discussion or debate about how to or whether to participate in any illegal activity.