@Much better than it was
> Why would anyone with a bit of know-how waste their time with bittorrent?
Because I live in Australia, where we get things sometimes up to a decade after release in its native country - or -
To appease the masses, we used to get "Direct streamed" selected episodes a week and a half after release in its native country (though still better than the typical two years), and then not see following episodes for the next six months (or sometimes ever again) because OUR seasons don't line up with THEIR seasons, or the local marketing people don't think that it'll "sell" here.
Many get fed up, give up, and their ONLY option is to get it via bittorent or such.
Or, if you want to toss that in for real Australian local content, then you have the choice between drama, drama, drama, and just in case we were not already spoiled for choice, more F%$#ing drama. The only alternatives are localised versions of games shows.
Still wondering why many bother with bittorrent? That's why. So there.