Only three episodes into its broadcasting period, all 28* episodes (in VCD format) have leaked online, available for streaming (here) and BT downloading (here). The production team is unhappy with the leak and asks fans, on the official blog, to show their support by watching the drama on TV. In attempt to salvage the post-broadcasting DVD sales in wake of the large scale leak, the production team promises to include more snippets from marketing events as bonus features.
As much as I like marathoning my dramas, I empathize with the production team. Not only does the leak reap the production of its return in investment, it discourages future productions from completing its filming before broadcasting in fear of leaks. I personally prefer dramas to be shot in advance (as opposed to shooting and airing concurrently) because the writing tends to be less rushed, thus offering better quality drama (besides it’s not as physically demanding on the actors either). Case in point: Black & White vs. Next Stop, Happiness where the latter, whose filming completed two episodes before its finale, converges towards mediocrity week after week because of tight time constraint.*The first two episodes in the “VCD format” are 90 minutes long while the remaining 26 episodes are 40 minutes apiece. This explains the difference in reported episode count.