HBO most pirated network worldwide
A new report on anti-piracy solutions has revealed that HBO saw the most piracy, with 381,952 users worldwide and 38,330 users in the US illegally sharing its content daily.
Broadband TV News reports that CEG TEK International (CEG TEK), a provider of in-depth business intelligence and comprehensive anti-piracy solutions, tracked piracy rates of 175 hit shows on cable, broadcast and OTT networks. In a report, CEG TEK revealed that in excess of 3.7 million unique peers (users) worldwide illegally shared those TV shows daily using the BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network.
HBO’s Game of Thrones is also the world’s most pirated TV series at the moment, with 289,310 unique users worldwide.
HBO is followed close behind by AMC with 301,601 worldwide daily and 29,773 in the US, and FX with 138,084 worldwide and 23,516 in the US. Other networks with significant piracy rates include Showtime, History Channel, Comedy Central, Starz, A&E, USA and BBC America.
Over-the-Top (OTT) networks are also included in the report, with original content such as Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange is the New Black seeing the most illegal activity. Overall, Netflix saw an average of 87,790 users accessing their content illegally on a daily basis worldwide.
“Some network executives have responded to the fact that their shows are being pirated with a lack of real concern, but if they look at the potential revenue they could have made, they might think again,” said Kyle Reed, Co-Founder and COO, CEG TEK.