'Downton Abbey' Without the Guilt

Americans hate to postpone gratification, but is it ethical for "Downton Abbey" fans to watch illegal streams of the show before the U.S. premiere?

Don't ask Hugh Bonneville about illegal streaming. You'll only make him mad.

Photographer: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

After spending an hour last night puzzling over why Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell chose to punt on 4th-and-1 inside Dallas Cowboys territory, and worrying, too, whether the desire of some companies to “hack back” at digital intruders might set off a series of private little cyberwars, I found it a positive relief to turn to the pleasures of the new season of “Downton Abbey.”

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