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This is based on the popular CBS show "Under the Dome"

Time Warner's loss of CBS programming has apparently led to a spike in piracy of certain popular TV shows.

According to Torrent Freak, the CBS blackout on Time Warner has caused an increase in piracy of the popular program "Under the Dome," which is a new CBS series. It's an American science fiction horror series based on Stephen King's novel. 

More than 3 million U.S. Time Warner customers lost their CBS programming last Friday due to the fact that Time Warner and CBS just can't come to a broadcasting agreement. The scuffle resulted in a CBS blackout, and for Time Warner subscribers who've been watching "Under the Dome" since its June 2013 debut, this was bad news. 

Torrent Freak said it tracked U.S. BitTorrent downloads of last week’s episode of "Under the Dome" as well as the one that aired this past Monday (following the blackout) in an effort to see if piracy of the show increased. 

More specifically, it monitored large U.S. cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Pittsburgh. According to its results, relatively more people downloaded the latest episode after the blackout -- meaning that more people are resorting to piracy channels

Torrent Freak added that "of all sampled downloaders in the U.S., 10.9 percent came from the blackout regions for last week's episode, and this increased to 14.6 percent for Monday’s episode, a 34% increase."

In New York City alone, the number of downloads more than doubled from 1.3 percent last week to 3 percent for Monday's episode. 

Torrent Freak said it wasn't sure how many downloaders were also Time Warner subscribers, which doesn't exactly prove that the CBS blackout was the cause of increased downloads. However, it did show that official ratings sunk to their lowest on Monday to 10.49 million viewers compared to 11.41 million the week before while piracy downloads increased over the same time period.

Source: Torrent Freak

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To much effort
By Dr of crap on 8/8/2013 11:47:40 AM , Rating: 3
ALL that is needed is an antenna to get this show for free.

I can go home tonight and watch the past 3 weeks of this show on my Tivo using a roof top antenna that I hung in the garge rafters. Yea I didn't need to get on the roof and hurt myself. I put in the garage and it works just fine!

RE: To much effort
By danjw1 on 8/8/2013 11:53:23 AM , Rating: 1
That assumes that they are somewhere that they can get a strong enough signal for it. Also, for people who live in apartments, it may not be an option.

RE: To much effort
By bah12 on 8/8/2013 12:43:09 PM , Rating: 5
The reason most people think they are too far away or can't get a signal is because they just go down to Home Depot and by the biggest arrow shapped antenna they can find with no other regards other than "hey this is the biggest".

In Dallas most of the HD is in UHF not VHF so those anntennas are virtuallly worthless. I'm about 70 miles away and I made this exact error. Spent most of my weekend putting a huge arrow shapped antenna on my roof only to get very little signal.

Once I educated myself via I realized my error and ordered a modest square UHF model. It is like night and day. You really have to be very far away from a metro area to not be able to get the locals. And let's be real if you are that far out you probably already have satellite and not cable anyway so the Time Warner fiasco doesn't apply.

RE: To much effort
By johnsmith9875 on 8/11/2013 1:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
Surprisingly many people don't know which end of the antenna is the right one so they point the arrow part at the transmitters and wonder why it doesn't work. Reverse it 180 degrees with the pointy end towards them and it works just fine.

People who live in apartments tend to live close to aerials anyway so its only a small effort to put a bowtie antenna in a window. By federal law you can't be prevented from hanging an antenna even in an apartment, so you are free to put one on your balcony.

RE: To much effort
By marvdmartian on 8/12/2013 9:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
Not all apartments have outside decks, and the walkway (balcony, if you will) to the front door may not be on the right side of the building (and building bulk, especially if a lot of steel was used, can make a difference).

That being said, you can also take a piece of wood, some coat hangers, wire, some screws and a $3 coax adapter from Walmart, and make a decent HD antenna. It won't be pretty, but they DO work.

I'm just amazed that people still use torrents. Especially after the highly publicized lawsuits in recent years, and knowing how easy it is to trace who's sharing with torrents, why take the risk?

RE: To much effort
By johnsmith9875 on 8/14/2013 9:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
If you're in some crazy rural area where over the air signals are weak or nonexistent you can purchase a 6 foot satellite dish and set top box and get free TV via linear C-band. All the major free tv channels are available.

RE: To much effort
By siliconvideo on 8/8/2013 11:56:38 AM , Rating: 5
Prey tell, what is this new technology you speak this something we peasants have access to?

RE: To much effort
By Dr of crap on 8/8/2013 12:21:04 PM , Rating: 1
LOL, thanks for the laugh.

You hit on something I just thought of - there may be A LOT of people that have no idea that you can pick up free TV with one of those new antennas!

RE: To much effort
By Ammohunt on 8/8/2013 12:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Free TV for everyone! And folks its in HD...what will they think of next!

RE: To much effort
By overlandpark4me on 8/12/2013 1:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
That's what that pathetic infomercial is doing. They make it sound like you're "getting over" on someone by pulling in those "wow", free channels

RE: To much effort
By domboy on 8/8/2013 12:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
To me this is one of those gray areas. If you can get the show free over the air, and can record it using various methods, then how is downloading it off a torrent "piracy"?

RE: To much effort
By daboom06 on 8/8/2013 1:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
you're not 'paying' for the programming by watching the commercials if you torrent it.

RE: To much effort
By Mr Perfect on 8/8/2013 7:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Which is also why some of the more up-tight stations don't let you use fast forward with cable's on-demand content.

I just DVR the stuff and fast forward anyhow...

RE: To much effort
By Salisme on 8/9/2013 6:17:29 AM , Rating: 2
But the commercials are still there whether we watch them or not. They are even on channels we don't watch (sarcasm)!!! Its the risk advertisers take.

RE: To much effort
By CU on 8/9/2013 11:03:18 AM , Rating: 2
And how is this different than mythtv that removes the commercials for me, or do you consider this part of mythtv illegal?

RE: To much effort
By AntiM on 8/8/2013 1:33:49 PM , Rating: 2

To me this is one of those gray areas. If you can get the show free over the air, and can record it using various methods, then how is downloading it off a torrent "piracy"?

Shhhhh... now they will scramble their OTA signal and make you pay a subscription fee to unscramble it.

My question is, how did cable TV providers get themselves into a position where they have to pay the content providers for the privilege of transmitting their content.
If cable TV providers were smart, they would charge the content providers for the privilege of using their delivery pipes.
In other words, CBS should be paying Time Warner for delivering their content; especially when it comes to broadcast or ad supported channels. (premium channels not included of course)

RE: To much effort
By Dr of crap on 8/9/2013 9:33:08 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. If you own a cable company, you WOULDN'T NEED to have the big broadcasted channels on your system. They, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX should pay to get onto my CABLE SYSTEM!

But then the whole delivery system is messed up and we ALL know it. I gladly pay $5 - $8 a month to, pick a channel cable or otherwise, to get it streamed to me over the web.
WHEN will they get this???

RE: To much effort
By karimtemple on 8/8/2013 1:34:56 PM , Rating: 2

The programming is free because it comes with commercials. You can record it, and therefore cut out the commercials, but what's illegal is distributing such a recording to others. Only the broadcaster has the right to distribute it.

RE: To much effort
By CU on 8/9/2013 11:10:38 AM , Rating: 2
But how is distrusting it this way illegal if everyone could get it free to begin with. If I get something for free how can it be illegal to give it away for free? The broadcasters have already distributed it freely to everyone OTA anyway.

RE: To much effort
By rs2 on 8/8/2013 9:49:23 PM , Rating: 1
More to the point; if anyone with an antenna can get the show for free anyways, downloading it off the Internet should not count as "piracy".

Basically all that's happened is that one form of antenna has been replaced with another.

RE: To much effort
By overlandpark4me on 8/9/2013 1:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, and not a big antenna either. I have one that has two little 4 inch rabbit ears that works fine. When I walk in front of it, it glitches, but whatever. What CBS fails to understand, is cable extends their reach because of geographical issues. It's a cash grab just like the Music and Movie industry is doing to support a failed business model

P.S. I love the new scam commercials called Clear TV. "Get free TV" anywhere, lol. Like it's some sort of special device, when it's a chunk of 1 dollar plastic. People are stupid.

Wait a minute?
By hpglow on 8/8/2013 12:31:02 PM , Rating: 5
So when people aren't presented with an easy, reasonably priced, legal means to watch a show they just pirate it? Who would have thunkit?

Pay attention HBO.

RE: Wait a minute?
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/9/2013 8:51:50 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, pirating the show is even easier than the free legal method.
Installing an antenna takes effort, torrenting it does not.

RE: Wait a minute?
By johnsmith9875 on 8/11/2013 1:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
Put up antenna: $20 onetime antenna purchase and about 15 minutes setup time. Sit back and enjoy.

Torrent shows: Spend $50 a month on broadband, spend hours searching for your show, spend hours downloading 1 show, move to pen drive, transfer to streaming box and watch on TV.

Yeah torrenting is much easier.

RE: Wait a minute?
By HDBanger on 8/14/2013 7:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
Already have broadband, takes 5 seconds to find the tv show on TPB minutes after the show airs, even a 1 gig 1 hour show only takes 3 minutes to dl. HTPC already connected to tv. Yup
torrenting IS much easier, and no commercials to be bothered fast forwarding, sit back and relax.

By villageidiotintern on 8/8/2013 11:58:29 AM , Rating: 2

I blame Time Warner
By inperfectdarkness on 8/9/2013 1:47:47 AM , Rating: 2
I blame them not just for this, but for pretty much every debacle over streaming, licensing, etc. TW should DIAF ASAP.

By overlandpark4me on 8/9/2013 12:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
CBS wanted this war, otherwise why black out the site to TWC users too. Eventually the CableCo's will band together and say, we're not paying a dime. They used to be free, what's changed. Oh, that's right. The networks are bleeding cash because they put out a crappy product, and are getting their lunch handed to them by the cable networks.

What TWC should do is pay the money, then preempt every commercial served up my CBS. Replace with local support and their own company spots. Then of course CBS would sue them, repeat, rinse.

Under the Dome?
By LSUJester on 8/8/2013 6:50:54 PM , Rating: 1
That show is not worth the work to pirate or set up an antenna from what I've seen of it. However, when the new season of Homeland starts next month, you better believe I'll be downloading it.

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