I was very happy with the thoughtful comments (that are still ongoing) to my post of a few days ago called Hypocrite?. I have another one now for the readers.
Contender Asia is a show like many others, where sixteen men are gathered together to live in a house, and are divided into teams that have challenges and rewards. This show is based on Muay Thai. The participants are all experienced Muay Thai fighters and at the end of each show there is a fight. The loser goes home, and the show does the same thing the following week, until only one man remains. Some of the men are very famous. There is a large prize at the end for the last man standing. Those that know me understand that I am very involved in Muay Thai and have more than a passing interest in the sport – I have also followed some of these fighters for quite a while, so it is just the show for me.
Anyway, AXN is not shown here in the USA. There literally is no way for me to get this show. Well, not exactly. As I mentioned in the Hypocrite post, I have found a few sites that are showing the entire episodes of Contender Asia for free. You simply log onto the site and push play.
The only thing I think I may have stolen here is perhaps a chance later that I may purchase the dvd set of the show that the producers will no doubt offer. But I don’t buy dvd’s as a rule, so the chance I would buy them is slim to none. So I ask again – have I stolen anything here? The producers of the show have gained zero from me watching their broadcasts on a site that they did not license, but the fact remains that there really is no way for me to see the show otherwise.