So let me get this straight... HP recognises tablets as growing and important and they DON'T want to make anymore tablets.
People are continuing to pirate TV shows but some have also been paying 99c for rentals and the studios DON'T want to rent anymore TV shows.
I think as we approach 2012 indeed the world is indeed turning upside down.
TV shows are the Number ONE massively pirated (or if you will, "shared") material on the Internet. 99c enabled HD TV rentals, and gave many of us, including outside the US, access to quality (sure, it's not Blu Ray but it's good enough), legal HD material that downloaded on-demand fast, reliably and it was easy to find on iTunes Store.
Even so, after legally renting from the iTunes Store, if you connect your Mac or iPad or iPhone through a VGA connection to a bigger screen, you'll get the wondrous and beautiful "This display is not blah blah blah" ie. HDCP. Who in the world is going to pirate videos through a VGA connection? They just rip it directly of a TV feed, DVD or Blu Ray. The TV and Movie studios are stuck in VHS land.
If you haven't seen this, it's a pretty good documentary on copyright and piracy, and the new models in "emerging" markets taking place. It's almost 5 years old, but you can see how all the trends they talk about has really only become more and more prevalent:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez1rYlVoges
Good luck to the TV and Movie studios. Let them continue to bleed cash and produce worse and worse movies and more rubbish TV, further devaluing the very house of cards they are trying to protect.
Currently where I am Game Of Thrones just started on our legal, paid satellite TV. But I downloaded the torrent. Why? Because I have access to the whole season on demand, no playing this stupid scheduling game on a show that's already late to arrive in my country. Also - no censorship. The way it would be censored on my legal, paid satellite TV here I think I would miss out on a fifth of each episode. As for the series itself, I watched about five episodes of Game Of Thrones, it's not bad, but I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of stuff in the book. So I'm not even sure if I'm going to continue watching it.