Was reading javajane's blog about BitTorrent and thought I might comment. While BitTorrent works fine for what it is there always seemed like a lot of steps to go thru and there were so many caveats along the way, the spyware/adware at nefarious websites and the like.
But there has been and will continue to be postings of films, music, television shows, and everything else under the sun in the Usenet newsgroups. Not that I advocate downloading copyrighted films etc, however...
Forgot to tape/DVR last night's LOST episode? alt.binaries.multimedia probably has it. With a cable internet connection that puppy can be yours in less than an hour*. Now... how to watch it.
What? Don't have a multimedia PC hooked up to your TV? Stop and consider an HTPC (Home Theater PC) for a moment. For about $600 you can have a PC (rather than that set-top DVR you keep paying for) that records TV, pauses TV and does all that stuff the DVR does, but also browses the web, allows you to listen to streaming audio (Generation 80s naturally..) and even play games on that gigantic screen you've got wasting away in the other room while you mess about on your PC. One could also download HDTV quality versions of their favorite shows* for when they get that awesome 60" HD plasma.
*keep in mind, however, all of this is still illegal, best just to put the PC together yourself, get HDTV quality cable and record the shows.
I've got an AMD 2100+xp, 512meg RAM, Radeon 7000, with a Happauge WinTV card, running Windows XP Professional and it's recording shows for later viewing. My wife loves to watch Rachael Ray's cooking shows and even... the Brady Bunch.
Here's some links for those interested.
PCAlchemy - the source for HTPC