It's been practically legal in South Korea. I can download HD-ripped TV drama and documentary files nearly without limit. That's up to 1920*1080 and even low-quality files are at least 640*480. So why watch TV when internet downloads are better? Though ripped by others who have HDTV cards and powerful computers.
BTW, I moved once more yesterday. No monthly cost anymore except bills of gas, electricity, water, etc. From Hwasun, Chollanam Do to Buchon, Gyung Gi Do. It's between Inchon Metropolitan City and Seoul. Takes 30 minutes or so by subway to Yongsan Electronics Market in Seoul. No internet yet. I'm at a library computer room using my own notebook, free internet.