So you're saying it is crucial for you then ?
The tv channels pay for the right to distribute the show, if you don't' want to pay for the channel with the rights, then wait for the DVD/BluRay/Netflix/HBO/itunes/..... and pay for you entertainment, being a few months behind the Americans won't kill you.
I think the point he's making is that he consumes his media on his terms, nobody elses. Regardless of legalities. The morality of this is open to debate.
Now the big boys in the industry see it this way: Oh no pirates are ruining our business, let's make every attempt to stop them where we can. Thing is the guys using newsgroups to consume their media with solutions like sickbeard, couchpotato, plex, etc. get a far better end user experience than any of these "legal" alternatives. And the fact is people are still paying £20+ per month to use these services. It's just that money is going to usenet providers and not the industry.
Well there's something wrong here isn't there? Clearly people are willing to pay. The issue is that there are no legal options that offer such streamlined experiences as the likes of what I've mentioned above. Pay £20 per month and get 1080p bluray quality movies/tv shows and stream them from your home server to any device outside or inside your home network. Or pay for netflix/lovefilm with their poor quality and limited collections. Or pay for a movie on iTunes which is riddled with DRM and limits the devices you can actual play the the movie on.
I just think the industry should be trying harder to compete with piracy and offering more innovative thinking-outside-the-box solutions like I've mentioned above. I don't think people care who they pay their money to, if it's ultimately pain free and nicely packaged.