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Report: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Neared Piracy Record

1 Oct, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Within 12 hours of the series finale broadcast of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” Sept. 29 the episode had been illegally downloaded more than 500,000 times via various torrent sites, the most ever for the series and among the highest rates of piracy all year, according to BitTorrent tracker TorrentFreak.

“One of the main motivations for people to download and stream TV shows from unauthorized sources is availability,” the site reported. “If fans can’t get a show through legal channels they often turn to pirated alternatives.

“However, the series finale of ‘Breaking Bad’ shows that there are more factors at play. Despite the availability of legal options, in many countries there are those who still prefer to download a copy from unauthorized sources.”

Australia clocked in with the highest percentage of illegal downloads at 18%, with the United States second at 14.5%. The United Kingdom was third with 9.3%.

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