I might not know what I'm missing, but I know what you are missing. Free time. What is that, 250 channels or so? As to active theft vs passive theft, it's still theft. If you know about it and take advantage of it without notifying TPTB, then you are just as someone who climbed the pole. If you notify TPTB and they chose to ignore you, then it becomes a question of morals as to if you take advantage of their lack of action. Disclaimer: I passively "stole" CATV a few years back when Comcast wasn't in the habit of putting filters on the line for non-CATV internet subscribers. And I did notify them and they shrugged me off saying that they didn't have enough filters at the time and basically said "enjoy the service".