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The Top 10 Most Pirated TV-Shows Of 2012 + Illegal Download Trends

The Top 10 Most Pirated TV-Shows Of 2012 + Illegal Download Trends

Torrent Freak’s annual roundup of the most pirated television shows of the year (full list below) has been making the rounds across the web today morning, and while non of the titles on the list are what we’d call *black shows*, a few feature black characters in significant roles.

But regardless of that, I thought it’s still a worthwhile list to share.

First, a notable trend from Torrent Freak’s report to highlight:

– Just as it was last year, the majority of TV-show piracy, more than 80 percent, occurs outside the US. Why? Unavailability is the #1 reason why people turn to piracy.

Also, worth noting, the existence of Hulu and Netlix appear to be helping to decrease piracy, which suggests that entertainment companies will find it in their best interest to enter distribution partnerships with online streaming sites like the aforementioned, and to make their content available within a reasonable amount of time after airing on TV networks. Otherwise, audiences will go look for the content elsewhere, and that often means illegal downloads.

As Torrent Freak says, the challenge for TV companies is to come up with a business model that allows users to consume what they want at any given time, without losing revenue in the process. Emphasis on the word “challenge,” because it is one.

Below is a list of the most downloaded TV-shows of 2012 (per episode), together with the viewer average for the TV show in the US, collected by TorrentFreak from several sources, including reports from all public BitTorrent trackers. It’s really fascinating when the number of illegal downloads per episode matches or supasses the average audience size per episode, like in the first title on the list – Game Of Thrones. So there are more people pirating the show weekly than there are watching it legally. As Torrent Freak notes, airing delays and HBO’s choice not to make the hit show widely available online are two of the top reasons it’s the most pirated show.

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