Television piracy is the hottest topic in the TV industry these days as executives struggle to adapt to a changing paradigm that seems impossible to stop. Whether that means adapting to Netflix-style streaming services or finding another new platform altogether, it’s clear that increases in piracy mean that change is needed.
More recently, the subject has taken additional shades of complexity with industry giants such as Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes speaking out on the positive impact of piracy. But even though their opinions have caused waves of discussions, there’s no doubt that the vast majority of industry insiders believe piracy is a huge concern moving forward. With that being said, here are 2013′s eight most pirated episodes of television according to TorrentFreak.
8. Homeland (2.4 Million Downloads)
After premiering in 2011 to rave reviews en route to the Emmy for Best Drama, Showtime’s spy-drama Homeland has seen a subtle yet consistent upward trend in viewership throughout its three seasons. This year, Homeland’s season finale drew 2.4 million downloads while bringing in 2.38 million live viewers. While the fact that downloads exceed live viewers by a small margin could be a cause for concern, the fact remains that the season three finale’s 2.38 million viewers was actually the highest in the series’ three season run, besting the 2.36 million viewers who tuned in to watch the season two episode ”In Memoriam.”