Most Pirated TV Shows, Networks Dominated by Broadcasters

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Piracy tracking firm CEG TEK came out with a rare comprehensive look at just what TV shows and networks are the most active on P2P hub Bittorrent. While it’s hard to extrapolate broad trends from numbers drawn just from last week, it’s interesting to note who came out on top.

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  1. Ian says:

    Netflix’s original shows are ripped and then put on the torrent trackers. Plenty of people don’t pay for Netflix yet torrented House of Cards, for instance.

  2. JSinTheStates says:

    And since broadcast can’t go after the “real” pirates, they have to sue firms like Aereo, never mind the fact that they give away the broadcast programs to China, which possibly has the most amount of pirated traffic! Lawyers! What a waste!

  3. jhs39 says:

    When there was a dispute between CBS and Time Warner cable someone published a list of the top markets where CBS programming was being downloaded and Chicago was near the top. We don’t have Time Warner cable. The problem here is that CBS broadcast signal is horrible. I don’t have cable or satellite anymore–I have an antenna and a digital DVR. I can’t watch or record anything from CBS because the signal is too weak. I can get all manner of minor stations that show 50 year old television programs because they cost virtually nothing to run but I can’t get CBS. They have no incentive to improve the signal because they don’t want people watching their programming for free–they want everyone to watch on satellite and cable so they can get their retransmission fee.

    If the program is supposed to be available for free over the air viewing then it shouldn’t be illegal to download that program–or watch it through a service like Aero.

    This country is quite literally turning into a sick joke where the rich get whatever they want and everyone else gets screwed endlessly. If recording a program for your own viewing with a VCR or DVR is legal then downloading a program for your own viewing should be legal too. There is no difference. But you can bet without any doubt whatsoever that if the current Supreme Court had been in power in the 1970’s the VCR would have been ruled illegal.

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