TorrentFreak has published its latest online movie piracy rankings, which show the most popular films shared over the BitTorrent protocol.
Popularity is measured by the number of times a movie was downloaded in the past week, as per TorrentFreak’s estimates.
The Boy Next Door, Camp X-Ray, Mortdecai, and The Water Diviner are new entries to the charts.
Together, the four movies pushed out Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Inherent Vice, Careful What You Wish For, and Into The Woods.
The table below shows TorrentFreak’s top 10, and how it compares to the most popular movies available through 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||Furius 7 (TS)||Big Hero 6||Addicted||Big Hero 6|
|3||Taken 3||Birdman||Dracula Untold||The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies|
|4||The Boy Next Door||The Theory of Everything||If I Stay||The Grand Seduction|
|5||Camp X-Ray||Horrible Bosses 2||Men, Women & Children||John Wick|
|6||The Gambler||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Trevor Noah’s NationWILD Comedy Tour|
|7||Mortdecai||St. Vincent||The Maze Runner||What If|
|8||The Water Diviner||A Most Wanted Man||Million Dollar Arm||St. Vincent|
|9||Last Knights||Gone Girl||Frozen||Exodus: Gods and Kings|
|10||The Wedding Ringer||Old Schools (Unrated)||The Equilizer||Left Behind|
Before 2012, South Africans had no real online options for buying or renting digital movies.
Since then, Apple has launched its iTunes Movies in 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 MTN’s FrontRow.
All of these new VOD services have steadily been adding more content to their platforms.