I almost never catch the shows live anymore because of my work schedule (America, but I don't have a 9-5~, and some shows still overlap with that standard schedule anyway). It's always been impossible for a lot of people.
That's the chief reason why I subscribe to the channel - vod access.
I appreciate the reasoning. Catching a show late every week is much better to me than not having any show at all for weeks at a time because of the weekend con/other traveling they're always doing. Vod content or no content is pretty much all I get.
But that's just me. Vote with your wallet, cause it matters where we spend our money.
I'd advocate EU-friendly rebroadcasts if there was a demand for them.