‘Breaking Bad’ Final Episode Illegally Downloaded 500,000 Times in 12 Hours

'Breaking Bad' Final Episode Illegally Downloaded

Pirates swarmed over the series finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”: Internet users worldwide downloaded more than 500,000 copies of the episode within 12 hours of the first illegal copy showing up.

That makes it the most pirated episode of “Breaking Bad” on record, according to piracy news site TorrentFreak. The final episode, documenting the last days of antihero Walter White (Bryan Cranston), aired Sunday night on AMC in the U.S.

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The illegal downloads occurred mainly in countries where the show was available on TV or through other legal means, according to TorrentFreak’s analysis of nearly 14,000 users. About 18% of the “Breaking Bad” episodes pirates were in Australia, followed by 14.5% in the States and 9.3% in the U.K., where the final eight episodes of the show have been available on Netflix the day after U.S. air.

At the peak of the “Breaking Bad” pirate activity, more than 85,000 people worldwide were sharing a single copy of the final ep via a public BitTorrent tracker, according to TorrentFreak. Still, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” retains the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever recorded with more than 170,000 people sharing a single copy at once.

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  1. Sebastian says:

    Dont worry bitch i might have downloaded all episodes of Breaking Bad but I buy all seasons also.

  2. Daddy0 says:

    If the finale wasn’t available in Australia until 24 hours after the US screening, then it wasn’t available. Any show distributed without regard to global immediacy can expect the same.
    No one wants to watch a show that has been spoiled all over the net.
    How long before Hollywood wakes up to the 21st Century?

  3. Shape says:

    That’s just the idiots who download from public trackes too LOL… What about all the private sites.

  4. Zach Coty says:

    I guarantee it was downloaded at least 10x more than that haha.

  5. In order to stop “criminal downloads,” companies need to make their material available by other means than a one-time airing on television. Encores are appreciated, but after that, then what? People can legally videotape or DVR shows to watch them again and again. People like to share with the masses to watch again and again. So networks should have these shows up on their site, in good quality, include the commercials, etc., so they still make money. People are not trying to steal, they’re trying to share and hold on to an awesome memory.

    True fans, and people who love the series will end up buying the DVDs and Blu-Rays anyway.

  6. Scott Rose says:

    It’s Hollywood’s own fault. They treat viewers like criminals, so viewers end up acting like criminals. Hollywood needs to give viewers the quick & easy ability to PAY to watch a TV show on the day it comes out, and people will do so. I paid for the whole season ahead of time on iTunes, but even with me as a paid customer who paid full price & top dollar, they punished me by not letting me watch it until this morning. Punishing your customers is never a sustainable way to do business, which is why Hollywood is collapsing. They are greedy bastards.

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