TorrentFreak has released its latest movie piracy rankings, revealing the most downloaded films through the BitTorrent protocol over the past week.
Big Hero 6 and Birdman entered at the top of the charts, pushing down the leaked DVD screener of American Sniper, The Interview, and Taken 3.
Other new entrants include Whiplash and Dumb and Dumber To.
Together, the newcomers to the chart helped boot Kill The Messenger, Jurassic City, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Gone Girl off the list.
The table below shows TorrentFreak’s top 10, and how it compares to the most popular movies available through more legitimate local and international channels.
DStv doesn’t provide a ranking for the most popular movies on its BoxOffice rental service, and as such the titles are in no particular order.
|Rank||TorrentFreak||iTunes US||iTunes ZA||DStv BoxOffice|
|1||Big Hero 6||John Wick||The Equalizer||Sex Tape|
|2||Birdman||Fury||The Maze Runner||The Maze Runner|
|3||American Sniper (DVDScr)||Gone Girl||Chef||Dolphin Tale 2|
|4||The Interview||The Homesman||I Origins||The Purge: Anarchy|
|5||Taken 3||The Judge||Let’s Be Cops||Let’s Be Cops|
|6||Dumb and Dumber To||Birdman||Lucy||The Most Wanted Man|
|7||Wild Card||Dracula Untold||Men, Women & Children||The November Man|
|8||Nightcrawler||The Giver||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Annabelle|
|9||Interstellar (DVDScr)||The Best of Me||Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||Justice League: Throne of Atlantis|
|10||Whiplash||Lucy||Frozen||The Longest Week|
Before 2012, South Africans had no real options to rent or buy movies in a digital format online.
Since then, Apple has brought its iTunes Movies service to South Africa, while MultiChoice launched DStv BoxOffice.
Both iTunes and BoxOffice offer transactional video on demand (TVOD) services, which lets users rent movies for a fee and then watch them within a certain period. iTunes Movies also lets you buy movies.
In 2014 South Africa’s video on demand space saw the launch of a number of sites that offer Netflix-like subscription video on demand (SVOD) services.
Vidi from Times Media Group launched first with a hybrid SVOD and TVOD service, shortly followed by the Altech Node and then MTN’s FrontRow.