These days, and especially if one is living overseas and wants to keep up with the latest television programming back home, instead of tuning it’s now all about downloading.

And now that AFN is no longer available for cable subscribers in Korea, I suspect more and more people are going to be downloading more of their favorite programs, and in some instances, just hours after they have been broadcast back in the States.

Just how far-reaching is it?

“South Korean university student Seong-sun is a rebel without a TV. Like other twentysomethings in tech-friendly parts of the world, Seong-sun, 27, uses his laptop to watch user-generated content and can see programming on his mobile phone.

But, in South Korea, peer-to-peer video services have exploded. His laptop is his entertainment gateway. The Internet is the distribution platform of choice and the content at his fingertips is a dizzying array of pirated TV shows and movies.

Seong-sun pays a small subscription fee to an Internet service that allows him to download thousands of movies, including Hollywood films not yet released in South Korea.

He can also receive TV shows such as “American Idol,” complete with Korean subtitles, less than 24 hours after airing.

Lax enforcement of copyright laws and South Korea’s high broadband penetration rate have helped fuel the popularity of these services.”

Read the rest of the article here.