Okay, I understand that you are happy to pay more money to access television that you can't access here, once again, that isn't the point.
Let's remember that to have an accurate survey you only need a large enough slice of data to feel that you have done justice to the research. The Top 100 Movies on The Pirate Bay I believe is a pretty quick and easy indicator of movie torrents in NZ, as many people who do torrent in NZ know how to filter by most seeders (which would give the same results as the Top 100 section. It's a quick and dirty analysis, but I don't think it is far off the truth.
As a whole, I believe this is relevant world wide, and regardless of our data caps. In the last month, using Slingshots offpeak data between 2am and 8am, I have downloaded around 50GB that hasn't eaten in to the data allowance I pay for.
Let's remember that downloading a movie from iTunes uses the same, if not more data than a movie from The Pirate Bay and some ISP's don't give you free data to iTunes. Most people don't care about the quality, as long as it is watchable, so creating an arguement about file quality only applies to enthusiasts like us.
If a band wants to give out their album for free, that's absolutely cool, maybe that's what more bands should do! But the fact of the matter is, if they expect an amount of money for an album, and you are unwilling to pay for it, you shouldn't be aloud to access it. It's either up to them to bring their price down, or you to reach into your pockets and fish out some cash.
It doesn't actually matter if the media is easily available to you, if you are unwilling to pay for something, you should not have access to that thing.
Media companies are responsible for making money for themselves, if they are charging too much or their offerings are just not appealing, then no one will buy their product, in that case, no one will have access to it. They have to put more work in to make what they do valuable to a customer, but a would be customer shouldn't be able to take the content below what was agreed on. A transaction is a contract between buyer and seller.