With the apparent scrapping of “Fastracked…” and similar initiatives in Australia to bring international shows to our screens almost as soon as they are aired in their home territories, there seems to be an increase in the use of torrents.
I don’t think it is an entirely malicious act on the part of those downloading. Many viewers are falling behind because episodes are too slow to air, or stations continually change broadcast times making it hard for people to actually watch the episode when it airs.
Television series are designed to be addictive. If you are “involved” in a series such as ABC’s “Lost”, episodes taking a long time to air could be enough of a reason to go online and download a high quality copy online. Spoilers appear online almost as soon as the episode has aired, and if you follow the series on the web – you are almost bound to hear about the episode unintentionally.
If you use uTorrent, Vuze (formally Azureus), Deluge or Transmission then the services provided by Feed my Torrents make it exceptionally easy for those who want to follow their series uninhibited. Simply add the RSS Feeds provided to your Torrent client, and as soon as a new episode is available the downloading will begin, automatically if you wish.