Californication Season 4 Leaked On BitTorrentAdded: Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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The fans of the hit-show Californication were happy to discover a unique Christmas gift under the tree on Christmas morning: the first 2 episodes of the season 4 were waiting for them on BitTorrent. Meanwhile, their official release on Showtime is more than 2 weeks ahead. It is believed that the source of that leak is a promo-DVD taken home by a Showtime employee.
Californication is well-known TV-series with David Duchovny as Hank Moody, which is officially scheduled to debut its 4th season in January 2011 on Showtime. Nevertheless, the first 2 episodes of the season are already waiting for fans on BitTorrent and beyond.
While the leaked episodes did not leak from a Scene group for sure, there’re some unconfirmed reports that the videos were ripped by the Showtime employee’s husband, who was quick to take advantage of holding a promo-DVD in his hands. Actually, such promo-DVDs are usually sent out to industry insiders prior to official release, so it’s quite common for them to leak online before the official date. Meanwhile, such releases are often tagged with a PREAIR label.
However, nowadays the tag PREAIR is less common than earlier. It’s used on peer-to-peer and Scene releases and means that a TV-show has appeared online before it appears on TV. For example, 3 years ago there were eight new episodes released with a PREAIR tag online in just one week. On the contrary, just a few TV-shows have leaked online this year, including The Walking Dead and Weeds episodes.
In fact, promo and screener DVDs have always been a hole in the efforts of entertainment industry to fight illegal file-sharing. While millions of dollars are spent on different means of addressing the problem, the videos are easily leaked online from industry insiders. As a result, some studios have chosen to ban the screener DVDs forever.
The executive vice president of distribution for Summit Entertainment studio stated that the best decision is to get rid of screeners at all. The studio knows it for sure due to being involved in mass lawsuit connected with the Oscar winner The Hurt Locker. The studio pointed out that those screeners are a very serious source of leaks, since they’re much better copies than the pirated ones.
Still, it’s doubtful that the leak of Californication will harm the series. The only result it will have is probably picking up a few more fans, happy to receive such Christmas present.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
December 29th, 2010
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
|posted by (2010-12-29 14:01:49)|
|Some People Say That It A Harm To The Show,|
But I Personally Think That This Will Definitely Be A Great Advantage For Californication,
Coz It Would Definitely Picking Up Lots Of New Fans Like My Self :-)
|seems this show or weeds always leaks like this. did last year.|
|posted by (2010-12-29 14:50:53)|
|Agree with Holyroses seems to always leak very yr just as if its some kinda promo stunt to introduce more ppl to the show defo doesnt decrease the audience thats for sure ;) and the show rocks :))))))|
|If you liked Californication last season you will love it just as much this season regardless of the leak. I love the first 2 episodes and now it's got me itching for the next. Kinda sucks I gotta wait 3 weeks after the actual release to watch the 3rd episode.|
|getting rid of the screeners wont do much for people pirating movies...|
|I wonder if it was worth it to the husband of the "former" employee? Maybe soon to be former husband?|
If you all remember that black band on the video when it rolls? in there in screeners and "pre releases" is a serial number and more. Anyone with the knowledge removes this info; but this husband didn't and is how they were able to find out who did it..
|posted by (2010-12-29 19:39:12)|
|the showtime sunday line has been the shit the last 4-5 years with dexter, nurse jackie, weeds, big c, californication its the reason i keep showtime on my direct tv package and the leaks havent made me watch any less|
|best show EVER|
|posted by (2010-12-31 23:35:18)|
|Great show, love it to death, wife got me hooked into it LOL||
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