The companies that produce the shows would say no, what you want to do is illegal because they want all of your money. They want you to buy the shows from them. My personal opinion is, if your friend is not making a profit off of giving you those shows then it's okay. I don't think someone should ever sell someone else's blood and sweat creation for profit. It's essentially like giving you a copy of a video tape or a cassette tape which has been going on for years. It's an issue which there are differing opinions, as i'm sure there are people who will disagree with me so let your conscience be your guide. Yes, the discs should play in your divx player whether they are avis or mpgs.