Netflix, Hulu, HBO and others have capitalized on the trend of online streaming over the past few years, but online piracy poses a constant threat to these services. Whether these companies are losing subscription revenues or content, they are feeling it on the bottom line.
Pirating online content has been a growing problem in recent years, costing studios millions of dollars in lost ticket sales and media providers streaming revenue. In just 2016, the Motion Picture Association of America said that nearly $1 billion worth of pirated movies and TV shows were downloaded.
One of the more popular mediums for downloading and watching content is BitTorrent, which operates as a peer-to-peer file-sharing service. It is capable of distributing a massive amount of data over the internet.
Although it is widely known that many files are shared and downloaded illegally over this service, it still manages to operate. Authorities use the site as well to track some users who don’t hide their IP addresses via a proxy and nab them for illegally distributing or downloading this content.
24/7 Wall St. has taken a look at some of the more popular movies that were pirated this past week. These are the top 10 most pirated movies of the past week on BitTorrent:
- Justice League
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle
- The Mountain Between Us
- Blade Runner 2049
- The Foreigner