An article in today's online bbc news service(link here=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4276255.stm), indicates that a small but significant and increasing number of broadband users in the UK, are using bit torrent file sharing to download the latest US soaps , including trashy formula style programs like "Desperate Housewives" within hours of it being shown in the US, to bypass the usual local TV station airplay broadcasting delays which can be upto 12 months or more for the same episodes of popular US TV productions in most countries outside the North American continent. Interestingly whilst the number of broadband users in the UK exceed 6,000,000 and growing rapidly, less than 100,000 users at any one time are thought to be actively involved. So much for high levels of piracy claimed by the industry todate. Still, the industry is not amused it seems, due to possible losses in advertising revenue??? and also future losses in retail sales of DVD's of the same programs??? appearing within less than 12 months of the initial TV broadcast.