Who looses any money if I watch this leaked version? I can’t think of anyone. I’m also not giving any financial support to the people who leaked it. If I were to watch the rip, I’d probably watch the televised version regardless. Shoot, I saw the infamous rip of Wolverine:Origins and I still then paid to see that crap in theaters.
Though when I watch the televised version I will do so either on demand or via dvr, and certainly as a group, which minimizes my exposure to commercials.
I quasi-legally streamed the original Avatar series as trying to watch it on TV was so archaic and tedious (especially when I didn’t start it until 2009) and from that I bought the DVDs, which as we’ve heard from Sentai and funimation, are still the most effective way to support the industry.
I’ve streamed/downloaded almost every show that I’ve ever watched. Blind buying DVDs burned me too many times (especially when they don’t have extras). The only time I can remember getting the DVDs before vetting the show and not getting burned was with The Melody of Oblivion in a con grab bag last year. Though from the same grab bag series we were burned by Steel Angel Kurumi. Not even the extras redeemed that. Point being that I can only think of one series that I blind bought and enjoyed, but I can think of several that I despised, and with things like American cartoons and especially anime, I can only blind buy it or stream it first (with limited dvr capacities and limited on demand selection there is a good chance that even the aforementioned group watch will have to be done with a quasi legal version). With Netflix, TAN, and the horrid Hulu I can stream a lot of stuff legally, but they are far from all inclusive.
If I watch it now and it sucks, then I’ve saved myself almost a whole more month of anxiously waiting to see if it does suck. Less time for the show to be hyped means that if it.does suck, I will be less disappointed and more likely to give it a chance to get better.
Besides, is there no chance that the leak of EP 1 was intentional?