Interestingly, 8 out of the top 10 list of most pirated TV shows are shown in South Africa by M-Net across its range of channels on DStv.
TorrentFreak has released its annual list of most pirated TV shows and Game of Thrones(DStv 102) by far tops the list with 14,4 million illegal downloads in 2015 so far.
Second is the zombie drama The Walking Dead (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) with 6.9 million downloads.
It’s followed by nerd comedy The Big Bang Theory (DStv 101) with 4.4 million, Arrow (DStv 101) with 3.9 million, The Flash (DStv 114) with 3.6 million, Mr. Robot (DStv 101) with 3.5 million and then Vikings (DStv 186) in 7th place with 3.3 million.
The new Supergirl (DStv 114) with 3 million, The Blacklist (DStv 101) with 2.9 million and Suits(DStv 101) with 2.6 million round out the top 10 list’s 8th, 9th and 10th places.
The astounding numbers are only for the most downloaded single episode of a series, with a series that can only be listed once for the purposes of compiling the list.
In reality, multiple individual episodes of a single series on TorrentFreak’s top 10 list for 2015 will have millions of downloads of its own.
TorrentFreak also says the illegal downloads for each of the shows will actually be “significantly higher” as online streaming and downloads for file-hosting services are not included since there are no public sources to draw data from. – Channel24