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.
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.
When mobile game developer Kiwi first released Joyride, the app looked familiar: Similar to wildly popular HQ Trivia, Joyride offered players the ability to win quiz shows in live broadcasts. The key difference: Joyride’s app wasn’t home to just one trivia show, but multiple shows around topics like music, dating, fandom, and yes, trivia, all [...]
Desmond Amofah, a YouTube gaming vlogger known online as “Etika,” was found dead by New York police on Tuesday after he was reported missing last week. He was 29. Amofah posted YouTube videos and live-streams focused on Nintendo games and other titles. A body later confirmed to be Amofah’s was found in the East River on [...]
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Kanopy suffered a blow with the decision by New York City’s three public library systems — collectively the biggest library system in the U.S., with some 210 branches across the Big Apple — to drop the free movie-streaming service, citing high costs. As of July 1, the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn and [...]
Cameo, a service that works with celebrities to sell personalized video greetings to fans, has raised a $50 million Series B round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins. The Chernin Group, Spark Ventures, Bain Capital and Lightspeeed Venture Partners participated in the funding as well. Cameo wants to use the cash infusion to grow both [...]
Topic, First Look Media’s entertainment studio and digital destination for original content, hired veteran producer Gena Konstantinakos as VP, development and video programming. Konstantinakos hails from Vice Media’s Viceland cable channel, where she was executive producer, development and current series. At Topic, she reports to Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic. Konstantinakos is tasked with [...]
Apple, trying to show that it doesn’t force app providers to pay a “tax” to be included in the App Store, filed a response to Spotify’s antitrust complaint with the European Commission — revealing that Apple collects a 15% fee for just 680,000 of Spotify’s more than 100 million premium subscribers. According to Apple, the [...]