'Transformers,' 'Knocked Up' Top Illegal Downloads of 20072 Jan, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey
Transformers and Knocked Up were huge hits in 2007. Unfortunately for Paramount and Universal, in many cases the studios never saw a penny from those who watched the movies.
According to a study from online BitTorrent news service TorrentFreak, Transformers and Knocked Up were the two most popular illegally downloaded movies of 2007, each with more than half a million downloads on Mininova.org. The rest of the top ten, all with more than 300,000 illegal downloads, in order: Shooter, Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End, Ratatouille, 300, Next, Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum and Zodiac.
In the TV category, there were nearly 2.5 million illegal downloads of “Heroes” episodes last year, more than double the next-most downloaded series, “Top Gear.” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Lost,” “Prison Break,” “Desperate Housewives,” “24,” “Family Guy,” “Dexter” and “Scrubs” filled out the top ten.
Despite series like “Heroes” being available for free, with ad-supported streaming through legal sources, TorrentFreak faults the studios for the illegal downloads.
“The rise of illegal downloading is a signal that customers want something that is not available through other channels,” the site said. “It's more about availability than the fact it's free.”