Some people will always pirate, sure, but 99% of people aren't going to ever bother if they can get what they're looking for conveniently and without paying through the nose for it.
True. They spent so much time fighting the internet rather than embracing it that piracy became the norm, it wasn't a matter of people being unwilling to pay but of studios not providing a channel. It was more convenient and ultimately you got a better product. Now we see streaming services that are even more convenient than piracy in most cases (yes there are people who dont have good enough internet connections or want to save for offline viewing, etc...) so studios should be embracing, rather than fighting this sort of technology.
It doesn't actually matter what the studios do. The biggest reason for selling fewer shows in the future is not going to be piracy, it's going to because they make crap shows. Same as with music - someone upthread pointed out that old music outsells new music. I dunno if it's true but it certainly sounds plausible - the new stuff is all crap.
Hell, a friend dropped by with a terabyte drive filled with recent shows. I've seen perhaps the first two episodes of each show but the only one I was willing to sit through was "How to get away with Murder".
Think about it - if I don't watch the shows when I already have it, basically for free, what chance do they have of selling me their shows? I sat down to "Orange is the New Black" because of the large number of people who said "don't miss this one". I found it boring - it's basically character development (I think - the shallow main character never developed much in the first two episodes). No plot, no twists, no suspense, no action, no witticisms, no humour, no profound enlightenment, no resolution to look forward to, no merit whatsoever. At least watching paint dry has some resolution to look forward to (When it's dry we can put on another coat).
OistnB is basically watching someone meander through their sentence, interspersed with flashbacks to display how shallow she is (presumably so we can see how much she's grown by the end of the show?). I suppose it's got the viewers it has due to the large number of lesbian sex-scenes, but hey, if I wanted to watch porn I wouldn't watch softcore porn. My wife and I purchased a large collection (some still on DVD) that we can watch instead.
I expect better when I want to watch a show. Perhaps after the next (final) season of Person of Interest I might cancel the damn TV subscription