There’s a…let’s say, culture of people watching US TV shows before they air over here, particularly for those shows of a sci-fi persuasion. Is it legal? Who’s to say, I’m not a lawyer (it probably is massively illegal). Having said that, it’s not something that I myself have ever really bothered with. Even if I have to endure spoilers from all corners of the web until a UK broadcaster belatedly airs a show, there’s still something endearing about watching ordinary ol’ TV (even with the ads) that I like.
Clearly, I’m of a dying breed, but let’s think of the advantages – you’ve got audio/visual quality that you won’t usually get on a computer, decently timed intervals between installments and…well, actually, I ran out. But that’s enough for me.
I still feel like television has a unified ‘event’ quality to it, as well. Look at Saturday’s Doctor Who premiere – it got everyone talking. No amount of TV-out cables and torrent sites can replace that.