Home Alone tops holiday piracy list

Somewhat ironically, this Christmas found IP&TV News completely stranded in terms of viewing, and unable to enjoy anything other than linear programming. Yes, due to circumstances beyond our control, there was no Netflix, no internet, no nothing – we weren’t even able to watch DVDs! It was like going decades back in time.

Anyhow, according to a new report issued by CEG TEK International (CEG TEK), during the days leading up to Christmas, the daily P2P download demand by BitTorrent users of the Most Pirated Holiday Movies of 2013 approached 185,000 globally. Activity surrounding the number one pirated movie, Home Alone (1990), increased every day on average. The top ten looked like this:

1) Home Alone (1990)
2) Arthur Christmas (2011)
3) A Christmas Carol (2009)
4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
5) Love Actually (2003)e
6) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
7) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
8) Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
9) Bad Santa (2003)
10) The Polar Express (2004)

The report, The Most Pirated Holiday Movies of 2013 “shows a demand for recent and classic holiday films and television specials, some of which may be difficult to find in stores or online,” comments Co-Founder & COO, Kyle Reed. CEG TEK’s proprietary detection software was designed with several unique abilities including tracking without active participation. “Few movie genres rival the nostalgia associated with holiday films,” adds Jon Nicolini, Co-Founder & CTO, “and the popularity we’ve detected asserts these films’ continued relevance as part of our culture.”

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