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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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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.

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