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According to data collected by TorrentFreak, traffic to the leading TV torrent distribution website has more than doubled in the past year. Pirated shows on EZTV are particularly popular in English-speaking countries like Australia, where programs sometimes run weeks or months after their original air date in the U.S. Last week, the most popular pirated shows were “Heroes,” “House,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Entourage” and “How I Met Your Mother”–all U.S. hits.
American pirates aren’t off the hook either. The Canadian version of “Project Runway” has started to surge in torrent popularity, perhaps another indication that women can be hard-core pirates too.
TorrentFreak has a suggestion: “TV distribution companies should get rid of the long delays and offer streams to people outside of the US. If they can pull that off there is no doubt that the number of ‘pirated’ downloads will plunge.”
That suggestion exhibits a near total lack of understanding about the worldwide television market. But that market might be forced into upheaval by the growth of piracy.
Right now, the industry seems to prefer to continue its fight against torrent tracking hubs like PirateBay. There’s been some limited success there. PirateBay has been inaccessible most of this week after a group of copyright owners forced the BitTorrent search engine’s bandwidth provider to cut off service.
Will this make any difference? Or will EZTV becomes even more popular?
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