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Irrelevant. Offtopic. Wrong.
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An doctor, an engineer and a computer scientist were arguing about which was the oldest profession and they had got all the way back to the garden of Eden. The doctor said - "God created Eve from Adam's rib - a medical miracle. Therefore medicine is the oldest profession".
But the engineer said "But God created the world out of chaos - which is a major engineering achievement. Engineering is therefore the oldest profession"
The computer scientist thought for a minute, and then said - "Ah, but where do you think all the chaos came from..."
The average mp4 vs a highly compressed digital cable channel might be equivalent, but the market wants DVD quality without any sacrifice from downloaded video.
As far as the audio situation being different from video, one of the reasons is that audio has been distributed (very near) DRM free and damn good quality ever since cds. So there was made an infrastructure for people putting up pirated versions ripped from the high quality originals.
Video is different. DVD is mpeg2, which isn't all that great, but much of the pirated video out there is reencoded with this as the original source. So to keep a decent amount of quality, you have to use larger file size, even with these superior codecs, because the original isn't exactly spectacular in terms of quality/size. And the industry refuses to put stuff out in anything better than mpeg2 without making it a royal PITA to use. So we're not taking full advantage of new codecs and getting the mileage out of them that we should be. This is changing, but takes time.
Not quite; if you load any software on it not installed by the vendor (say, security patches) then you void the support contract. At least, that's how they do it with their blue HP servers.
It is strange that these people still hold true the fiction that streaming and downloading are different things...