One of the writers of Lost explains, quite eloquently, why the writer’s strike is necessary:

My show, “Lost,” has been streamed hundreds of millions of times since it was made available on ABC’s Web site. The downloads require the viewer to first watch an advertisement, from which the network obviously generates some income. The writers of the episodes get nothing. We’re also a hit on iTunes (where shows are sold for $1.99 each). Again, we get nothing.

So sharing digital media is stealing but not paying writers for it is ok? Got to love the entertainment industry.

If you want to know how many episodes of your favorite TV show has left, check out this table at Watchers Watch.

RC3 reminded me of the NYT article and also found the handy chart.