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Broadcasting Blackout Caused Piracy Spike

Broadcasting Blackout Caused Piracy Spike

Added: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
While the entertainment industry claims that pirates steal content for fun and profit, there is another look into the psychology of peer-to-peer in the United States. The latest study suggests that people turn to online piracy when the material they want is otherwise unavailable.


For more than a week, over 3,000,000 Time Warner customers across the US lost access to CBS programming. As a result, the number of illegal downloads from affected regions rocketed.

For example, the piracy rates of the popular show called “Under The Dome” rose 34% over the last weekend, while official ratings decreased. This proves the idea that one of the main reasons Internet users pirate content is its availability. In case they can’t receive the desired content when and how they want, they will pirate it. A great example of this rule is Game of Thrones – indeed, network quibbling about regional rights led to many international audiences just torrenting it instead.

Now CBS blacked out in some regions when TWC dropped the former because the parties failed to reach a broadcasting agreement. In the meantime, Under The Dome appeared to be one of the most pirated TV shows now with 11% of downloaders originating from the blackout regions, but this figure rose to almost 15% for the recent episode. New Yorkers saw their piracy rate more than double, from 1.3% of all American downloads to 3% for the episode which aired after the blackout.

Piracy spiked, and official ratings took a large hit. For instance, Under The Dome fell to a season low, with just 10.5 million viewers compared to 11.5 million last week. In other words, while TWC and CBS are arguing with each other, they are losing legal consumers to piracy. So, no-one can blame peer-to-peer and piracy generally, because it’s just about customers unwilling to wait for the industry to stop playing silly buggers.

August 20th,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-08-20 18:26:32)
fukkah666 avatartotally true, I dload under the dome cause its commercial free and also its posted online 2-3 hours before it airs here lol why wait for CBS

posted by men (2013-08-20 19:46:35)
ToeringsNthongz avatarI never seen under the dome uploaded until it has aired.

posted by Turtle (2013-08-21 00:01:37)
No avatarIf these clowns had any sense they'd just release all of their shows for free, in torrents with seedboxes, and just have watermark style sponsor ads that appear occasionally.

posted by (2013-08-21 01:38:58)
jumbo71 avatarwww . couchtuner . eu

posted by (2013-08-21 06:35:20)
RenegadeFT avatarI'd say 8/10 torrents I upload of commercial video (tv, movies ect) I already have access to through Comcast (I have one of the premium packages, along with all the premium channels)or netflix. However, I find it annoying to jump through the hoops of watching the programs I want to watch, when I want to watch them in the format I want to watch them.

If I want to watch breaking bad on my computer at 2am the morning after it played, I should be able to instead of 1. recording it on my box which only allows me to watch it on my tv or 2. pray it becomes available on the xfinity internet channel, weeks later.

One day the major media companies will wake up and realize, just like the record companies did a decade ago, that the power is with the customers.

Can they expect ppl to keep paying huge $ for subscriptions while also putting up with commercials & viewing restraints, while they can instead dl & watch the same thing in 3 mins for free? If they do, they deserve to fall like the music industry.

posted by men (2013-08-21 22:25:55)
ZerlindaX avatarThis been well known and documented for years.
Not like it's nothing new. It's a shame that
every other country gets to watch a new US made
movie first before it hits the US months later.
Can you blame people for downloading.

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