Broadcasting analysts are predicting a fresh tide of television piracy with the launch of Sky Atlantic, the satellite channel that has bought the UK rights to many of America's most successful drama series.
Fans of popular US shows are already developing new, illicit ways of accessing episodes of the shows they love without the need to pay at least £20 a month to subscribe to Sky. While many non-subscription viewers are still happy to wait for the release of DVD box sets, younger audiences are already resorting to accessing episodes from illegal sites.
“If I have a good connection I will download a whole show in bits and see it whenever I like,” said Jake, from Bournemouth. “It is not about the money. It is about impatience and getting some power back.” Jake and his friends tend to watch television on the screens of their Macs, occasionally gathering together around a traditional TV set for live shows.
The trend is growing among those who are used to accessing music from pirate sites, says John Enser, a partner at media law firm Olswang. “Young people already know where to move from. And, broadly speaking, they know a legal site from an illegal one,” said Enser.
Yet the truth is that few who transgress will ever be fined, or even reprimanded. Broadcasters would not enjoy seeing their name linked to a legal action against a 12-year-old who has downloaded from the wrong place. As a result, the chances of any individual being pursued are tiny.
Adapted from an article by Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer, 6 February, 2011
I. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking into account the information in the text.
- a. Why do young people prefer to access their favourite TV series from pirate sites? PAR. 3
- b. Why will broadcasters avoid undertaking legal action against law transgressors? PAR. 5
II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)? Identify the part of the text that supports
your answer by copying the exact passage on the answer sheet.
a. The launch of Sky Atlantic will probably increase television piracy.
b. Young people do not distinguish a legal site from an illegal one.
c. People who download illegally will definitely be fined.
III. Find a synonym for each of the four words below from these six options:
sets bits screens linked chances downloaded
IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct.
1. To subscribe to Sky Atlantic...
- a. people have to pay £ 20 a month or more.
- b. people have to pay less than £ 20 a month.
- c. people need to pay up to £ 20 a month.
2. Many non-subscription viewers...
- a. can get a DVD box set of their favourite series at the same time the episodes are broadcast.
- b. can get a DVD box set of their favourite series after the episodes have been broadcast.
- c. can get a DVD box set of their favourite series before the episodes are broadcast.
3. Watching programs on a traditional TV set ...
- a. is getting more and more common among young people.
- b. is getting less and less common among young people.
- c. makes young people impatient.