Online video piracy, once thought on the wane thanks to inexpensive SVOD services like Hulu and Netflix, is showing that it's still a resilient foe, according to recent findings. To combat illegal downloads and streaming, industry players may need to toss out old solutions and adopt tactics that seem, on the surface, a little crazy.
American Sniper isn't just a favorite to win Best Picture at Sunday's Academy Awards presentation. It's also the most heavily pirated movie among the eight films nominated for the top Oscar, according to data released by Irdeto. The film depicting Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was downloaded via BitTorrent more than 1.39 million times in the month following its nomination.
A new app called "Popcorn Time" that organizes and streams torrents of video was voluntarily taken down by its creators after attracting worldwide attention and accusations that it was promoting piracy. But the code lives on, as a Popcorn Time project has been set up at GitHub to continue developing the software.
Fueled by Netflix, which accounted for a 33 percent bandwidth share, North American Internet data usage spiked 120 percent in the last year, according to the latest research from Sandvine. Data culled from a selection of 200-plus Sandvine customers throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and Asia-Pacific, revealed "mean monthly data usage has increased by 120 percent."
The latest effort by moviemakers to fire a shot across the bow of online video pirates is taking shape in a federal court in Washington, D.C., where the U.S. Copyright Group has filed several