Torrent Freak revealed a list of 2014’s most downloaded television shows according to download histories of BitTorrent. If you’re not familiar with the practice of torrenting, you might want to view the list of different ways to download the files you want without having to purchase them officially. Torrenting has been a controversial practice and a hot topic of debate for a long time. If anyone who tuned in to the lawsuit between the Pirate Bay and top record labels would know, it was a confused mess from start to finish. Though recently many have been saying we should focus less on torrenting and more on tv recordings or videos on demand. Apparently one of the main reasons people torrent is because their favorite TV show is airing at an inconvenient time. If technology similar to this TV recording box (https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/freeview.html) was promoted more, we’d probably be seeing far lower download numbers on next year’s list.

So yes, most people torrent films and TV shows because they want to watch them at a more convenient time. What most people don’t know that torrenting isn’t always illegal and lets you watch your favourite film for free, it can be extremely useful for accessing various data and files. To find out more about torrents, follow that link. However, the reason most people only know about the illegal torrenting is because it’s such a massive industry. Millions of people use to to save themselves some money. Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones (a show that also broke the record for most peers sharing one file simnutaioniously, at 250,000+ users) and The Walking Dead topple the list. Variety also recently revealed a similar list, showing off the most downloaded films of the year, according to research firm Excipio. Again, unsurprising results as Frozen and The Wolf of Wallstreet are champ among this year’s top films. Illegal torrent and streaming sites are becoming censored and blocked by various ISP’s in different countries, to get around this many people are using proxy sites like AvoidCensorship.org to gain access to torrent sites so they can still enjoy their favourite TV shows and movies.

Peep the two lists below:

Most pirated movies of 2014:

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street: 30.035 million
  2. Frozen: 29.919 million
  3. RoboCop (including 1987 and 2014 versions): 29.879 million
  4. Gravity: 29.357 million
  5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 27.627 million
  6. Thor: The Dark World: 25.749 million
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 25.628 million
  8. The Legend of Hercules: 25.137 million
  9. X-Men: Days of Future Past: 24.380 million
  10. 12 Years a Slave: 23.653 million
  11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: 23.543 million
  12. American Hustle: 23.143 million
  13. 300: Rise of an Empire: 23.096 million
  14. Transformers: Age of Extinction: 21.65 million
  15. Godzilla: 20.956 million
  16. Noah: 20.334 million
  17. Divergent: 20.312 million
  18. Edge of Tomorrow: 20.299 million
  19. Captain Phillips: 19.817 million
  20. Lone Survivor: 19.130 million

Most pirated television of 2014:

  1. Game of Thrones: 8.1 million
  2. The Walking Dead: 4.8 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 3.9 million
  4. How I Met Your Mother: 3.5 million
  5. Gotham: 3.2 million
  6. Arrow: 2.9 million
  7. Grey’s Anatomy: 2.8 million
  8. Vikings: 2.7 million
  9. Suits: 2.5 million
  10. South Park: 2.4 million

(via Polygon)