T.V. Downloads

In a previous post I refered to an Inquirer article concerning why it was a smart move to have a worldwide release date for video games. The gist was that by staggering release times, an incentive is created for people to pirate the desired material, in that case it Half-Life 2 avoided creating one. A story on the BBC website makes the same point about T.V. shows and how Great Britain has become the leading downloader:

New episodes of 24, Desperate Housewives and Six Feet Under, appear on the web hours after they are shown in the US, said a report.

Web tracking company Envisional said 18% of downloaders were from within the UK and that downloads of TV programmes had increased by 150% in the last year.

About 70% were using file-sharing program BitTorrent, the firm said.

"It's now as easy to download a pirate TV show as it is to programme a VCR," said Ben Coppin from Envisional.

A typical episode of 24 was downloaded by about 100,000 people globally, said the report, and an estimated 20,000 of those were from within the UK.


According to Jupiter Research 40% of homes with broadband say it helps them pick and choose the programmes they want to see or that friends have recommended.

This should come as no surprise and just shows that technology is a ahead of yet another segment of the entertainment world. The article does note that this could potentially decrease revenue from syndicating the program overseas. We have seen movies and video games move to a single worldwide release date, T.V. probably isn't far behind


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