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'Game of Thrones' most pirated TV show of 2014, according to reports

Michael Hatamoto | Sat, Dec 27 2014 10:34 AM CST

Popular HBO show "Game of Thrones" maintained its spot as the most pirated TV show of the year, topping the list for the third consecutive year. The shows was downloaded an estimated 8.1 million times throughout the year via BitTorrent, and has topped "The Sopranos" as the most-watched HBO show ever made.

'Game of Thrones' most pirated TV show of 2014, according to reports | TweakTown.com

"Game of Thrones" also set a record when 254,114 users downloaded and shared the same torrent file.

"The Walking Dead" had an estimated 4.2 million downloads while "Breaking Bad" rounded out the No. 3 spot as the most pirated TV show, collecting 3.6 million downloads.

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Sony attorney says 'The Interview' will be released, maybe via Crackle

Michael Hatamoto | Sun, Dec 21 2014 6:45 PM CST

Sony Pictures originally pulled "The Interview" from theaters, bowing to terrorist threats issued by the Guardians of Peace, but is looking for different online methods to distribute the controversial movie. It's possible Sony could release the movie on the Crackle online streaming video service, as a way for interested fans to watch the movie.

Sony attorney says 'The Interview' will be released, maybe via Crackle | TweakTown.com

"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed," said David Boies, Sony attorney. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."

The entire Sony Pictures drama has taken many peculiar turns, and CEO Michael Lynton admitted the company has struggled to find streaming or video-on-demand distribution partners. However, BitTorrent is willing to help Sony Pictures share The Interview, though sharing it on Crackle could also be extremely effective - as social media will certainly help drive viewers to the movie.

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Report: Americans streaming more online video, watching less TV

Michael Hatamoto | Wed, Dec 3 2014 4:24 PM CST

Americans are embracing online video, enjoying more freedom in choosing the content they watch, which has hurt TV viewership, according to a new report from Nielsen. The shift to online video is going to pressure cable and satellite TV providers - despite many consumers not necessarily cutting the cord, less viewership will hurt advertising and pressure providers to find ways to evolve.

Report: Americans streaming more online video, watching less TV | TweakTown.com

More consumers have broadband Internet access and can choose from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube and other services - as more broadcasters and content providers test online video services - with 45 percent of Americans streaming television shows at least once per month, eMarketer said.

"Content is still king, but consumers are shaping their own content-discovery experience, and the evolving media landscape has not lessened consumer demand for quality, professionally produced content," said Dounia Turrill, Nielsen SVP of insights, in a statement. "What has changed is the number and reliability of new media available to viewers."

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BitTorrent unveils 'Children of the Machine' original programming

Michael Hatamoto | Fri, Nov 28 2014 11:27 AM CST

BitTorrent has successfully appealed to musicians willing to share their music using the company's "Bundles" feature, and has stepped up with the announcement of its first original programming. Children of the Machine features human survivors in the year 2031, trying to survive in an android machine-controlled world.

Children of the Machine will launch in late 2015, and will feature an eight-episode mini-series that will be free with advertising. The series will cost $4.95 without advertisements and $9.95 for a special edition version that includes extra features.

"This is a science fiction show catered to the typical tech-savvy, male-dominated audience," said Marco Weber, the show's producer. "We're not trying to launch a romantic comedy, so the concept of this show moved us toward BitTorrent."

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UK police arrest two men behind 'Expendables 3' piracy

Michael Hatamoto | Tue, Nov 25 2014 11:59 AM CST

Two men were arrested for their role in pirating the Expendables 3 movie, with officials from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). The US release date for the movie was August 15, but copies of Expendables 3 were found online as early as July 25.

UK police arrest two men behind 'Expendables 3' piracy | TweakTown.com

The two suspects, 36 and 33 years of age, reportedly uploaded the high-quality film after stealing it from a cloud-based storage system. Lionsgate Films said there was severe financial impact by the movie being related so early online, saying it cost millions of dollars in potential lost revenue.

"Today's operation shows you the significant impact intellectual property crime has on our creative industries, with millions of pounds being lost as a result of criminal actions," said Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott, Head of PIPCU. "The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime. By downloading illegal music, film, TV and books, not only are you exposing your own computer to the risk of viruses and malware, but you are also putting hardworking people's livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK's creative industries."

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Computer-based animation being pushed to its limits with 4K

Michael Hatamoto | Wed, Nov 19 2014 6:22 AM CST

The expansion of 4K content and high frame rate movies present graphically appealing content, but digital animation studios are struggling, a recent industry expert noted. Production schedules could be impacted due to high-resolution images, forcing studios to reconsider how they create films.

Computer-based animation being pushed to its limits with 4K | TweakTown.com

"They are both going to present a huge challenge," said Bruno Mahe, Illumination Mac Guff technical head recently told the BBC. Traditional animated films are viewed at 2K resolution with 24 frames per resolution, but 4K boosts the videos up to 4K resolution and 48fps - and it isn't an easy transition.

In addition to slowing down production, studios also need increasingly powerful render farms to produce images and send them to other animation facilities.

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Xiaomi ready to invest $1 billion to expand its Internet TV service

Michael Hatamoto | Tue, Nov 4 2014 12:24 PM CST

Rising electronics powerhouse Xiaomi plans to invest $1 billion in providing more online TV content to subscribers, which will complement Xiaomi TV and the company's set-top box.

Xiaomi ready to invest $1 billion to expand its Internet TV service | TweakTown.com

China has more than 600 million Internet users, with a growing number watching online video via smartphones - and Xiaomi wants to compete against Alibaba, Tencent, and others in the growing market. The country was the second largest movie market in 2012, trailing the United States, with continued growth expected over the next several years, analysts predict.

Here is what Chen Tong, a recent Xiaomi hire and former Chinese Sina Internet company executive said: "We want to repeat the success of Xiaomi's hardware integration model in the television industry."

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Report: HBO will launch standalone online streaming service next year

Michael Hatamoto | Wed, Oct 15 2014 12:58 PM CDT

HBO announced that a standalone, online streaming of its service would launch sometime in 2015, giving cord-cutters one more reason to consider ditching their cable or satellite service. The service will be designed more for the 10 million potential customers in the U.S. that don't currently have cable or TV service, as content providers look for new ways to expand.

Report: HBO will launch standalone online streaming service next year | TweakTown.com

The company will work with "current partners" and could expand to new content partners, but HBO CEO Richard Plepler didn't disclose additional details about what customers can expect.

This is a significant step forward for HBO, which traditionally was happy to work with pay-TV providers, but HBO and other providers have been under pressure to innovate.

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Psy's 'Gangnam Style' video hits 2 billion views on YouTube

Michael Hatamoto | Sat, May 31 2014 1:28 PM CDT

South Korean singer Psy's popular "Gangnam Style" music video became the first video to reach 2 billion views, as it instantly went viral after being posted online in July 2012. "Gangnam Style" has held the most viewed YouTube video for quite some time, also becoming the first video to eclipse the 1 billion-view mark.

Psy's "Gentleman" music video holds the record for most video views in a single day, picking up 38 million in less than 24 hours.

"2 billion views... they are very honorable and very burdensome numbers," Psy said in a statement. "With appreciation, I will come back soon with more joyful contents!"

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Dailymotion ready to invade US, thrown down with YouTube

Michael Hatamoto | Sat, Mar 1 2014 11:44 AM CST

Online video site Dailymotion has set its sights on the U.S. video market, and wants to steal YouTube market share by launching original content to woo viewers.

Dailymotion ready to invade US, thrown down with YouTube | TweakTown.com

In the first mini-series, Super chef Mario Batali will host fives episodes in which he speaks with musicians he is a personal fan of. Each episode will be 22 minutes in length and is a major gamble on Dailymotion's part, though was the brainchild of analytics that indicate many viewers enjoy music and cooking videos.

"It's our particular goal to package and distribute our own original IP that captivates and engages our existing community of over 127M global viewers season after season," said Roland Hamilton, Dailymotion US Managing Director, in a press statement. "We believe having original and exclusive content is a great way to differentiate so we're looking for interesting projects - passion projects from extraordinary people that deserved to get made, much like Mario's 'Feedback Kitchen'."

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