DivX's brand new CEO, Kevin Hell, accidentally leaked some juicy info about their Xbox 360 plans when questioned at a JP Morgan conference. An analyst questioned Hell about the new media center extenders that have DivX and Xvid compatibility and whether the same functionality was coming to Xbox. Kevin replied, "Yes! that, uh, we're in discussions with Microsoft on that at this point in time, so I can't go into any great detail on that. Um, that is not a certified, that is not a certified or licensed product at this time." The sweet sounds of backpedaling are like Chopin for our DivX-starved ears. [SeekingAlpha]
1) So basically you admit that the uploading is illegal. Isn't the point of bitorrent that *everybody* is uploading bits and pieces of a file to other people. Thus you are all broadcasters and all breaking the law.
Second, your logic about downloading is typical sense-of-entitlement mindfucking that most software thieves use to justify their crimes. If all TV shows are free, why the hell does a season of 24 cost $30 or whatever on DVD. It certainly costs mere dollars to manufacture the discs. It's because you are PAYING for the content. When it's on television you pay for the content by a) tuning to the channel to increase ratings b) watching, or at least potentially watching, the advertisements c) Outright paying for the show (as with HBO and other premium channels with no advertisements). And no, by paying for basic cable you don't get to download any cable show you want: basic cable is both ad supported AND paid for directly.
So tell me how torrenting a show allows ANY money to flow back to the content provider? It doesn't, and is thus theft. Why the hell would studios bother to even produce these shows you like to steal if they knew there was zero chance they would receive even 1 cent in return? They wouldn't: all production would cease.
Here's a mental exercise: pick a show you like. Now pretend everybody decided they were only going to torrent this show and would not view it through any other means. How long do you think this show that you love would actually remain on the air?
2)I didn't say DivX should be "illegal" because it is primarily used for pirated content. What I said is that if you DON'T want to pirate content, there's no reason for you to ever give two $h@ts about DivX because you will be hard pressed to find any "legal" DivX content unless you make it yourself. But if you're going to make it yourself, might as well stick with a more universal and default codec that doesn't require a bunch of add-on fuss to work (WMV, Quicktime, MP4, etc.).
In short, if you care about DivX/XviD support there's a 99% chance you are a cowardly thief. Stop pretending you're some clever individual asserting your rights and just admit that you're no better than the kid stuffing DVDs in his underwear at Best Buy.