With all the news about legal television show downloads, I thought it was interesting that there were two ads on TVGude.com for companies that appear to help you download tv shows illegally (I was searching for "E.R.").
The MPAA recently pursuaded a California court to force MP3downloadcity.com to stop advertising because they "alleging that the website fooled consumers into believing that a $24.95 subscription to the service allowed for legal peer to peer file swapping." Six additional sites have been targeted by the MPAA.
“These kinds of scam websites are not only hurting the entertainment industry, they also jeopardize the safety of consumers," said MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman. “I am heartened by today’s ruling and am hopeful that the Court will issue a permanent ban on such false advertisements. There are plenty of legal ways to download movies and we will not stand by and let consumers be duped into paying for illegal services.”
If there were download services that offered more than a few thousand movies or a select number of tv shows for a reasonable price, I don't think that these sites would exist.
The MPAA is suing people for illegally downloading movies, so there is a risk to using these services (they have been able to track downloads for a long time).
I haven't tried any of these services, but they appear to teach you how to use BitTorrent, a free program that has many legal uses (but can also be used to quickly download music or movies).