Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steele: 'How to Get Away w/ Murder' & 'Black-ish' - the Good & the Bad Steele: 'How to Get Away w/ Murder' & 'Black-ish' - the Good & the Bad Watch First Trailer for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' (Premieres Saturday, 11/15) Watch First Trailer for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' (Premieres Saturday, 11/15) "Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia" - 'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap "Randy, Red Superfreak and Julia" - 'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap Shonda Rhimes Night Is a Big Success for ABC. 'How to Get Away With Murder" Draws 14 Million Viewers Total Shonda Rhimes Night Is a Big Success for ABC. 'How to Get Away With Murder" Draws 14 Million Viewers Total 'How to Get Away with Murder' Episode 1 Recap + Your Thoughts... 'How to Get Away with Murder' Episode 1 Recap + Your Thoughts... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an "R" Rating From the MPAA (No Surprise Here) Thankfully, 'The Equalizer' Gets an "R" Rating From the MPAA (No Surprise Here) Early Reviews Say 'How To Get Away With Murder' is Very Much in the Style of 'Scandal.' Good Thing or Not? Early Reviews Say 'How To Get Away With Murder' is Very Much in the Style of 'Scandal.' Good Thing or Not? Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More) Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More)

The Top 10 Most Pirated TV Shows Of 2013 + Illegal Download Trends

Shadow and Act By Natasha Greeves | Shadow and Act December 26, 2013 at 5:42PM

The Top 10 Most Pirated TV Shows Of 2013 + Illegal Download Trends
3
Michonne

Torrent Freak's has released its annual roundup of the most pirated television shows of the year (full list below), and while non of the titles on the list are what we'd call *black shows*, one or two of them feature black characters in significant roles.

But regardless of that, it's still a worthwhile list to share.

A couple of things of note. Firs, for the second year in a row, Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show for 2013.

And second, and more interesting, is that, unlike past years, more content producers and TV executives are less concerned about their shows being illegally downloaded, and some are even embracing piracy. For example, as Torrent Freak says, Game of Thrones director David Petrarca has said that "piracy generated much-needed “cultural buzz” around his show;" and Jeff Bewkes, CEO of HBO’s parent company Time Warner, added his $.02, saying that "piracy resulted in more subscriptions for his company and that receiving the title of “most-pirated” was 'better than an Emmy.'"

An interesting shift in sentiment as the argument over the pros and cons of piracy continue.

The challenge for TV companies continues to be coming up with a business model that allows users to consume what they want, when they want, without losing revenue and profits in the process.

Below is a list of the most downloaded TV-shows of 2013 (per episode), together with the viewer average for the TV show in the US, collected by Torrent Freak from several sources, including reports from all public BitTorrent trackers. It's really fascinating when the number of illegal downloads per episode matches or surpasses the average audience size per episode, like with Game Of Thrones, which drew about 4.9 million viewers on average per episode last season.

So there are more people pirating the show weekly (5.5 million in the USA), than there are watching it legally. 

As Torrent Freak notes, airing delays and HBO’s choice not to make the hit show widely available on VOD (for purchase) immediately after, are two of the top reasons it's the most pirated show. Netflix wanted streaming rights, but HBO wanted to keep the series exclusive to HBO.

And so the piracy continues.

Here's the full list:

This article is related to: TV News


Shadow & ActNewsletter