1. Most Pirated Movies: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” topped the list of most-shared movies on BitTorrent networks during 2013, according to TorrentFreak. “Django Unchained” and “Fast and Furious 6” were the next most pirated movies of the year. See TorrentFreak’s full list of most pirated movies here.
2. BitTorrent Bundle: Yesterday, just as the Director’s Cut of the film was made available on iTunes for the first time, “The Act of Killing” released a BitTorrent Bundle with exclusive content, including interviews, essays, stills and videos from the award-wining documentary’s director Joshua Oppenheimer as well as Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, who served as producers of the film. Find out more about “The Act of Killing” BitTorrent Bundle here.
3. Classic Video Games: The Internet Archive has opened the Console Living Room, a collection of console video games from the 1970s and 1980s. It’s still in beta, but they’ve already introduced five vintage video game consoles, including The Atari 2600. “Access drives preservation – making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of. In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly,” wrote Jason Scott at the Internet Archive blog.
4. Multi-Screen Gross: In October, producer John Sloss released VOD numbers for “Escape from Tomorrow” and called on other distributors to release their VOD numbers. Sloss’ Cinetic Media even introduced a new statistic in film reporting they dubbed Multi-Screen Gross. The new metric was supposed to be updated every Monday on the website of Cinetic’s sister company FilmBuff.
But aside from “Escape from Tomorrow,” and “Spark: A Burning Man Story,” another FilmBuff release (with Paladin), the only other film represented in Multi-Screen Gross is TWC-Radius’s “Man of Tai Chi,” but those numbers aren’t up-to-date.
Here’s hoping that 2014 brings more transparency when it comes to VOD and other digital platforms.
5. 2013 in a Minute: In a final farewell to 2013, Fox’s Animation Domination Hi-Def packed in the pop-culture highlights of the last year into this one-minute video of animated GIFs. Check it out below (and see how many references you get):