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The Saga Continues!

Even though I stopped doing these correlations, you can continue to follow the data over at piracydata.org. They use the exact same methodology as I did, for the exact same reasons – though as far as I can tell I don’t know any of these people.

Regardless, the quest for knowledge continues!

Week 52 – 08/05/2013

Thus ends one year of correlating piracy with availability (except for when I didn’t). Did we learn anything? Scroll down to make your own conclusions – I’ll put together a graph or something when I have time.

 

Week Ending August 5th, 2013 – Availability Data from August 6th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Oblivion Unreleased (08/06/2013)
2 (…) The Big Wedding (TS) Unreleased (08/13/2013)
3 (3) The Conjuring (Webrip) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (4) Grown Ups 2 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) Despicable Me 2 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (6) Byzantium (Webrip) Unreleased (10/29/2013)
7 (5) The Colony Unreleased (10/15/2013)
8 (3) G.I. Joe: Retaliation Yes
9 (9) Fast and Furious 6 (Webrip) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (…) The Wolverine (CAM) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 51 – 07/28/2013

Here.

 

Week 50 – 07/21/2013

Only God Forgives continues the $6.99 “rent it while still in theaters” trend, which to me indicates that this distribution channel is gaining traction. Ryan Gosling, the director of Drive – that’s a pretty solid pedigree, unlike most of the throwaway films they’ve used to test these waters so far. But is $6.99 still too steep a price? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how the sales figures play out.

 

Week Ending July 21st, 2013 – Availability Data from July 22nd
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) G.I. Joe: Retaliation Unreleased (07/30/2013)
2 (…) Oblivion Unreleased (08/06/2013)
3 (3) Fast and Furious 6 (Webrip) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (4) Despicable Me 2 (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) Man of Steel (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (6) Only God Forgives (Webrip) Yes
7 (5) The Lone Ranger (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (3) World War Z (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (9) White House Down (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (…) Scary Movie 5 Unreleased (08/20/2013)

Week 49 – 07/14/2013

Redemption is the first $6.99 “rent it while still in theaters” title that I’ve actually cared about – but that’s only because it has Jason Statham and he is wonderful. Killing Season…not so much.

 

Week Ending July 14th, 2013 – Availability Data from July 15th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) G.I. Joe: Retaliation Unreleased (07/30/2013)
2 (1) The Lone Ranger (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (4) Fast and Furious 6 (Webrip) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) Despicable Me 2 (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) World War Z (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (6) Olympus Has Fallen Unreleased (08/13/2013)
7 (5) Killing Season Yes
8 (3) Man of Steel (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (9) White House Down (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (…) Redemption Yes

Week 48 – 07/07/2013

Lazy, check here.

Week 47 – 06/30/2013

Cams? Come on guys. Friends don’t let friends watch cams.

 

Week Ending June 30th, 2013 – Availability Data from July 1st
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) Olympus Has Fallen Unreleased (TBD)
2 (1) The Hangover Part 3 (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (4) Man of Steel (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) Redemption Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) Fast and Furious 6 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (6) Iron Man 3 (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (5) Dead Man Down Unreleased (TBD)
8 (3) Admission Unreleased (07/09/2013)
9 (9) Springbreakers Unreleased (07/09/2013)
10 (…) World War Z (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 46 – 06/23/2013

Lazy, check here.

 

Week 45 – 06/16/2013

Jack the Giant Slayer is another $14.99 digital purchase-only that continues to be in the top 10 of piracy. I’m wondering when studios will finally admit that restricting legal options doesn’t drive consumer behavior.

 

Week Ending June 16th, 2013 – Availability Data from June 17th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) The Hangover Part 3 (R6/TS) Unreleased (TBD)
2 (2) Dead Man Down Unreleased (TBD)
3 (4) Iron Man 3 (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Yes
5 (3) Jack The Giant Slayer Unreleased (06/18/2013)
6 (…) Phantom Unreleased (06/25/2013)
7 (…) Admission Unreleased (07/09/2013)
8 (7) Fast and Furious 6 (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (…) The Call Unreleased (06/25/2013)
10 (9) Epic (TS) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 44 – 06/09/2013

It was E3, check here.

 

Week 43 – 06/02/2013

Hammer of the Gods has a $9.99 “Watch It Before Theaters” option. No one cares. Surely the media execs know that testing before-theater options with terrible movies isn’t a true test…right?

Die Hard is still available as purchase-only digital. It’s also still on the top 10 most pirated list. Huh.

 

Week Ending June 2nd, 2013 – Availability Data from June 3rd
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) Jack The Giant Slayer Unreleased (06/18/2013)
2 (1) Iron Man 3 (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (…) Hammer Of The Gods Yes
4 (2) Fast and Furious 6 (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (3) Snitch Unreleased (TBD)
6 (…) The Hangover Part 3 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Epic (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (4) A Good Day to Die Hard Unreleased (06/04/2013)
9 (7) Oz The Great and Powerful Unreleased (TBD)
10 (5) Bullet To The Head Unreleased (07/16/2013)

Week 42 – 05/26/2013

I was on vacation, click here.

 

Week 41 – 05/19/2013

Cams? Really guys? We’re better than this.

Unless you live in a country where this is your only option. Then go for it.

Also, both Die Hard and Warm Bodies are available as purchase-only digital. SHOCKING that they’re so pirated! (not shocking)

 

Week Ending May 12th, 2013 – Availability Data from May 13th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (6) Iron Man 3 (R6) Unreleased (TBD)
2 (2) A Good Day to Die Hard Unreleased (06/04/2013)
3 (1) Warm Bodies Unreleased (06/04/2013)
4 (…) Fast and Furious 6 (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (…) Parker Unreleased (05/21/2013)
6 (3) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Unreleased (06/11/2013)
7 (…) Dark Circles Unreleased (05/21/2013)
8 (4) Assault on Wall Street Yes
9 (…) Jack Reacher Yes
10 (5) Star Trek Into Darkness (Cam) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 40 – 05/12/2013

Stop stealing Hansel and Gretel, a friend of mine worked on it. No, wait, she already got paid. But you should still stop stealing, because it contracts the industry, making it harder for her to find work.

No, wait, that’s not true either. Here’s a great piece from The Economist about the changing economics of film-making. Know what’s barely mentioned? Piracy.

 

Week Ending May 12th, 2013 – Availability Data from May 13th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (6) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Unreleased (06/11/2013)
2 (2) Iron Man 3 (R6/CAM) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (1) Parker Unreleased (05/21/2013)
4 (…) Assault on Wall Street Yes
5 (…) Dark Skies Unreleased (05/28/2013)
6 (3) The Place Beyond the Pines (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) I Give it A Year Unreleased (TBD)
8 (4) Jack Reacher Yes
9 (…) Escape From Planet Earth Unreleased (06/04/2013)
10 (5) 21 And Over Unreleased (TBD)

Week 39 – 05/5/2013

Hilarious that Movie 43 dropped off after only a week – guess it was too horrible to even watch for free.

 

Week Ending May 5th, 2013 – Availability Data from May 7th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) Parker Unreleased (05/21/2013)
2 (3) Iron Man 3 (CAM) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (…) The Place Beyond the Pines (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (1) Jack Reacher Unreleased (05/07/2013)
5 (4) 21 And Over Unreleased (TBD)
6 (…) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Unreleased (06/11/2013)
7 (2) The Last Stand Unreleased (05/21/2013)
8 (7) Gangster Squad Yes
9 (5) The Host Unreleased (TBD)
10 (…) Shootout at Wadala (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 38 – 04/28/2013

Man, that pre-release purchase-only option for Jack Reacher is really working…no, wait, the opposite of that.

 

Week Ending April 28th, 2013 – Availability Data from April 29th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Jack Reacher Unreleased (05/07/2013)
2 (…) The Last Stand Unreleased (05/21/2013)
3 (…) Iron Man 3 (CAM) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) 21 And Over Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) The Host Unreleased (TBD)
6 (…) Movie 43 Unreleased (TBD)
7 (3) Gangster Squad Yes
8 (6) Mama Unreleased (05/07/2013)
9 (4) A Haunted House Yes
10 (7) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (TS) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 37 – 04/21/2013

Django Unchained is FINALLY available for legal rental – so please go legally rent it. We’ll never get reasonable streaming options if we keep stealing for the sake of stealing.

 

Week Ending April 21st, 2013 – Availability Data from April 22nd
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Jack Reacher Unreleased (05/07/2013)
2 (…) The Host Unreleased (TBD)
3 (…) Gangster Squad Unreleased (04/23/2013)
4 (2) A Haunted House Unreleased (04/23/2013)
5 (6) The Guilt Trip Unreleased (04/30/2013)
6 (4) Mama Unreleased (05/07/2013)
7 (3) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (8) The Company You Keep Unreleased (TBD)
9 (7) Django Unchained Yes
10 (3) Broken City Unreleased (04/30/2013)

Week 36 – 04/15/2013

This week is interesting, as there are three movies on this list that are currently available digitally, but being purposely withheld from the digital rental/streaming market. Broken City and Gangster Squad are available for pre-retail digital purchase at $14.99 – Django Unchained is out, but still only available as a $14.99 digital buy with no rental option.

Sorry, MPAA – the high-margin ownership model is dying. Failing to acknowledge that consumers have a viable option to paying for your content is a great way to put yourselves out of business.

Also, The Numbers Station is a $9.99 rental from Apple. I’m sure consumers are lining up for that one.

 

Week Ending April 15th, 2013 – Availability Data from April 16th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Gangster Squad Unreleased (04/23/2013)
2 (…) A Haunted House Unreleased (04/23/2013)
3 (…) Broken City Unreleased (04/30/2013)
4 (2) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (6) Sexy Evil Genius Yes
6 (4) Identity Thief Unreleased (06/04/2013)
7 (3) Django Unchained No
8 (…) The Company You Keep Unreleased (TBD)
9 (…) The Number Station (Webrip) Yes
10 (7) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Yes

Week 35 – 04/08/2013

Was at NAB, check TorrentFreak.

 

Week 34 – 04/01/2013

While the rest of the internet is issuing fake press releases, you guys are still downloading. What I want to know is how you find some of these titles – Himmatwala? Also turns out Welcome to the Punch is too pricey at $6.99 for a rental.

 

Week Ending March 24th, 2013 – Availability Data from March 25th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (4) Django Unchained Unreleased (4/16/2013)
2 (1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Yes
3 (…) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (CAM/TS) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) Oz the Great and Powerful (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) Identity Thief Unreleased (6/04/2013)
6 (5) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (4/30/2013)
7 (7) Welcome to The punch (Webrip) Yes
8 (3) The Wicked Unreleased (4/30/2013)
9 (…) Himmatwala (DVDscr) ?
10 (back) Broken City (Webrip) Unreleased (4/30/2013)

Week 33 – 03/25/2013

Mostly unreleased stuff – will probably see a lot of recurring titles over the next month.

 

Week Ending March 24th, 2013 – Availability Data from March 25th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (4) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Yes
2 (1) Oz the Great and Powerful (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (…) Broken City (Webrip) Unreleased (4/30/2013)
4 (…) The Wicked Unreleased (4/30/2013)
5 (2) Parental Guidance No
6 (5) Identity Thief Unreleased (TBD)
7 (7) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (4/30/2013)
8 (3) Jack Reacher (R6) Unreleased (05/07/2013)
9 (…) Scavengers Unreleased (TBD)
10 (back) Zero Dark Thirty Yes

Week 32

I was busy, click over to TorrentFreak:  3/18/2013.

Week 31 – 03/10/2013

Oh look, a ton of stuff that could be legally available but isn’t.

And Red Dawn, which apparently isn’t worth $4.99.

 

Week Ending March 10th, 2013 – Availability Data from March 11th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) Jack Reacher (R6) Unreleased (05/07/2013)
2 (2) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Unreleased (03/19/2013)
3 (…) This is 40 Unreleased (03/22/2013)
4 (…) Les Miserables Unreleased (03/22/2013)
5 (5) Identity Thief Unreleased (TBD)
6 (1) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Java Heat Unreleased (TBD)
8 (9) Lincoln (DVDscr/BrRip) Unreleased (03/26/2013)
9 (4) Argo (DVDscr) Yes
10 (6) Red Dawn Yes

 

Weeks 29 and 30

I was busy and sick, click over to TorrentFreak: 2/25/2013 and 3/4/2013.

Week 28 – 02/18/2013

Awards screener season is winding down, and Here Comes the Boom continues to not be worth $3.99.

 

Week Ending February 17th, 2013 – Availability Data from February 18th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 Unreleased (03/02/2013)
2 (…) Company of Heroes Unreleased (02/26/2013)
3 (3) Skyfall Yes
4 (1) Wreck It Ralph (DVDscr) Unreleased (03/05/2013)
5 (9) Here Comes The Boom Yes
6 (2) Gangster Squad Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (6) Django Unchained (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (4) Life of Pi (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (8) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 27 – 02/11/2013

Awards screener season is winding down, and Here Comes the Boom continues to not be worth $3.99.

 

Week Ending February 10th, 2013 – Availability Data from February 11th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Wreck It Ralph (DVDscr) Unreleased (03/05/2013)
2 (4) Gangster Squad Unreleased (TBD)
3 (2) Skyfall Unreleased (02/12/2013)
4 (3) Life of Pi (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (5) The Master Unreleased (02/26/2013)
6 (8) Django Unchained (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (6) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (TBD)
8 (9) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (back) Here Comes The Boom Yes
10 (back) Lincoln (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 26 – 02/04/2013

Was too busy to catalog it, check TorrentFreak.

 

Week 25 – 01/28/2013

Yep, still no legal options. Also, Here Comes the Boom is still on here?

 

Week Ending January 27th, 2013 – Availability Data from January 28th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (4) Life of Pi (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
2 (1) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (TBD)
3 (…) Skyfall Unreleased (02/12/2013)
4 (3) Django Unchained (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (2) Argo (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/19/2013)
6 (6) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (5) Here Comes The Boom (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/05/2013)
8 (…) Flight (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/05/2013)
9 (8) Zero Dark Thirty (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (…) Robot and Frank Unreleased (02/12/2013)

 

Week 24 – 01/21/2013

All screeners now!

 

Week Ending January 20th, 2013 – Availability Data from January 21st
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (4) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (TBD)
2 (7) Argo (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/19/2013)
3 (1) Django Unchained (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) Life of Pi (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (…) Here Comes The Boom (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/05/2013)
6 (2) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (10) Les Miserables (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (3) Zero Dark Thirty (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (6) The Impossible (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (8) Lincoln (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)

 

Week 23 – 01/14/2013

Yep, still lots of screeners.

 

Week Ending January 13th, 2013 – Availability Data from January 14th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (2) Django Unchained (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
2 (1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (7) Zero Dark Thirty (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) Silver Linings Playbook Unreleased (TBD)
5 (…) Seven Psychopaths (DVDscr) Unreleased (01/29/2013)
6 (4) The Impossible (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Argo (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/19/2013)
8 (9) Lincoln (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (3) Killing Them Softly Unreleased (TBD)
10 (…) Les Miserables (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)

 

Week 22 – 01/07/2013

At this rate, the pirates are probably as qualified to make a choice as the Academy.

 

Week Ending January 6th, 2013 – Availability Data from January 7th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
2 (…) Django Unchained (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (3) Killing Them Softly Unreleased (TBD)
4 (…) The Impossible (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (1) Taken 2 Unreleased (01/15/13)
6 (2) This Is 40 (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Zero Dark Thirty (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (4) Skyfall (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (6) Lincoln (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (9) Looper Yes

 

Week 21 – 12/31/2012

Looks like it’s awards show time – those SAG members wasted no time in ripping and posting their screener copies. Maybe they’re even seeding them from their own studios?

 

Week Ending December 30th, 2012 – Availability Data from December 31st
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Taken 2 Unreleased (01/15/13)
2 (…) This Is 40 (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (…) Killing Them Softly Unreleased (TBD)
4 (8) Skyfall (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (6) Flight (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (…) Lincoln (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (2) Hit and Run Unreleased (01/08/13)
8 (4) The Dark Knight Rises Yes
9 (10) Looper Unreleased (12/31/12)
10 (3) The Man with the Iron Fists Unreleased (02/12/13)

 

Week 20 – 12/24/2012

It’s Christmas Week! Let’s see what people are stealing.

Taken 2 is available for purchase, but not rental – so people are TAKING it! Do you see what I did there? Comedy, is what I did there. Same with Hit and Run, but there’s no joke there.

 

Week Ending December 23rd, 2012 – Availability Data from December 26th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) Taken 2 (DVDscr) Unreleased (01/15/13)
2 (…) Hit and Run Unreleased (01/08/13)
3 (2) The Man with the Iron Fists Unreleased (02/12/13)
4 (1) The Dark Knight Rises Yes
5 (3) The Bourne Legacy Yes
6 (…) Flight Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Cloud Atlas Unreleased (TBD)
8 (6) Skyfall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (4) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/12/13)
10 (7) Looper Unreleased (12/31/12)

 

Week 19 – 12/17/2012

Mostly a bunch of shuffling this week – though a little weird to see Looper and Lawless re-appear after a week off. DKR leads the pack for the 5th week in a row.

Also, did you know that both Microsoft and Lionsgate  have issued DMCA takedown notices against TorrentFreak…for listing the top downloaded movies on BitTorrent?

Yep, the system totally works, it isn’t at all being abused by copyright holders.

 

Week Ending December 16th, 2012 – Availability Data from December 17th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) The Dark Knight Rises Yes
2 (2) The Man with the Iron Fists Unreleased (02/12/13)
3 (3) The Bourne Legacy Yes
4 (…) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (DVDscr) Unreleased (02/12/13)
5 (4) Alex Cross Unreleased (02/05/13)
6 (6) Skyfall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (back) Looper Unreleased (12/31/12)
8 (back) Lawless Yes
9 (5) Pitch Perfect Unreleased (12/18/12)
10 (10) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)

 

Week 18 – 12/10/2012

The Baytown Outlaws continues the fine tradition of offering pre-theatrical rentals only on movies no one cares about. It’s totally a valid way to test the market waters!

 

Week Ending December 9th, 2012 – Availability Data from December 10th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) The Dark Knight Rises Yes
2 (…) The Man with the Iron Fists Unreleased (TBD)
3 (3) The Bourne Legacy Unreleased (12/11/12)
4 (2) Alex Cross Unreleased (TBD)
5 (6) Pitch Perfect Unreleased (12/18/12)
6 (8) Skyfall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (5) Resident Evil Retribution Unreleased (12/21/12)
8 (4) The Baytown Outlaws Yes
9 (…) Premium Rush Unreleased (12/21/12)
10 (10) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)

 

Week 17 – 12/3/2012

I was moving into a new house, I didn’t do it.

 

Week 16 – 11/27/2012

Barely any changes from last week, just some shuffling. Halo continues to be available to watch for free legally, you’re all being idiots.

 

Week Ending November 26th, 2012 – Availability Data from November 27th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) The Dark Knight Rises Unreleased (12/4/12)
2 (…) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (3) Looper Unreleased (12/31/2012)
4 (2) Skyfall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
5 (6) Ted Unreleased (12/11/12)
6 (8) Lawless Unreleased (11/27/12)
7 (5) Total Recall Unreleased (12/18/12)
8 (4) Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Unreleased (12/4/12)
9 (…) Extracted Unreleased (TBD)
10 (10) The Campaign Yes

Week 15 – 11/19/2012

Looks like The Dark Knight Rises is shipping – and as we’ve seen previously, when it ships, it rips. SHUT UP I CAN HAVE CATCHPHRASES TOO.

Not sure why Brave is still an R5, since it’s out in retail now – probably just a misprint. Interesting that Halo is so high, I didn’t think piracy demand would be so high for a web series that you can already watch for free legally.

People are weird.

 

Week Ending November 18th, 2012 – Availability Data from November 19th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (…) The Dark Knight Rises Unreleased (12/4/12)
2 (…) Skyfall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
3 (5) Looper Unreleased (12/31/2012)
4 (…) Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Unreleased (12/4/12)
5 (1) Total Recall Unreleased (12/18/12)
6 (3) Ted Unreleased (12/11/12)
7 (2) The Watch Yes
8 (…) Lawless Unreleased (11/27/12)
9 (4) Brave (R5) Yes
10 (6) The Campaign Yes

Week 14 – 11/12/2012

Fire with Fire continues to lack appeal pre-retail, even for a $1.99 rental. The rest seem pretty self-explanatory – stuff that isn’t available legally yet and stuff that’s not good enough to pay for. This is probably the least surprising list we’ve had so far.

 

Week Ending November 11th, 2012 – Availability Data from November 12th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (1) Total Recall Unreleased (12/18/12)
2 (2) The Watch Unreleased (11/13/12)
3 (…) Ted Unreleased (12/11/12)
4 (3) Brave (R5) Unreleased (11/13/12)
5 (4) Looper Unreleased (TBD)
6 (5) The Campaign Yes
7 (…) Step Up Revolution Unreleased (11/27/12)
8 (6) Fire With Fire Yes
9 (9) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Yes
10 (…) The Apparition Unreleased (11/27/12)

Week 13 – 11/05/2012

Fire with Fire is actually available pre-retail, for $1.99 rental – that’s pretty great to see. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be impacting the piracy. A question of quality? Maybe.

Spider-Man and The Watch are the same crap they keep pulling –  purchase is available pre-retail, but not rental. We continue to not care.

Deadfall is another pre-theatrical $9.99 rental. $9.99 continues to be too much for a rental, and I’m not sure we really care about the pre-theatrical part.

 

Week Ending November 4th, 2012 – Availability Data from November 5th
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known. A full list of pirate release formats (ie TS, R5) can be found here.
1 (4) Total Recall Unreleased (12/18/12)
2 (…) The Watch Unreleased (11/13/12)
3 (1) Brave (R5) Unreleased (11/13/12)
4 (2) Looper Unreleased (TBD)
5 (…) The Campaign Yes
6 (3) Fire With Fire Yes
7 (5) Deadfall Yes
8 (9) The Amazing Spider-Man Unreleased (11/09/12)
9 (10) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Yes
10 (9) Prometheus Yes

Week 12 – 10/29/2012

Universal Soldier? Seriously? You’re embarrassing us all. Though it’s a $9.99 pre-theatrical rental, and there’s no way I’d pay that either.

 

Week Ending October 28, 2012 – Availability Data from October 29
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (4) The Campaign Unreleased (10/30/12)
2 (…) Fire With Fire Unreleased (11/06/12)
3 (1) The Amazing Spider-Man Unreleased (11/09/12)
4 (2) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Yes
5 (…) Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Yes
6 (3) The Expendables 2 Unreleased (11/20/12)
7 (5) Safety Not Guaranteed Unreleased (10/30/12)
8 (9) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Yes
9 (10) Prometheus Yes
10 (…) Ruby Sparks Yes

Week 11 – 10/22/2012

I was too busy, check out TF’s list.

 

Week 10 – 10/15/2012

Holy crap, you guys finally stopped pirating The Dictator. I think everyone in the world has watched that movie illegally by now.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Madagascar 3  are available for digital purchase, but not rental. It looks like studios are starting to adopt this model of pre-retail digital purchases; it won’t work, because people want to rent and not own, but it’s a step ion the right direction.

A full list of pirate release formats (ie, TS) can be found here.

 

Week Ending October 14, 2012 – Availability Data from October 15
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (…) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter  Unreleased (10/23/12)
2 (1) Stolen Unreleased (01/08/13)
3 (2) Safety Not Guaranteed Unreleased (10/30/12)
4 (4) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Unreleased (10/16/12)
5 (…) Ice Age: Continental Drift Unreleased (12/11/12)
6 (3) Hotel Transylvania (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (4) On The Road Unreleased (TBD)
8 (7) Prometheus Yes
9 (6) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (11/30/12)
10 (9) That’s My Boy Unreleased (10/16/12)

Week 9 – 10/8/2012

Well, this was the last week of Fox’s pre-retail digital release of Prometheus – though I don’t know sales numbers, it doesn’t seem to have swayed the pirates much.

Also, the #1 most-stolen movie this week was Stolen. Priceless.

A full list of pirate release formats (ie, TS) can be found here.

 

Week Ending October 8, 2012 – Availability Data from October 8
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (…) Stolen Unreleased (12/18/12)
2 (1) Ice Age: Continental Drift Unreleased (12/11/12)
3 (2) That’s My Boy Unreleased (10/16/12)
4 (…) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Unreleased (10/16/12)
5 (…) Looper (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (3) Prometheus Unreleased (10/9/12)
7 (4) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (11/30/12)
8 (7) The Avengers Yes
9 (6) Snow White and the Huntsman Yes
10 (9) The Dictator Yes

Week 8 – 10/1/2012

Is the 2nd week of Fox’s pre-retail digital release of Prometheus putting a dent in piracy rates?

Nope! It stayed in the #3 spot, same as last week. Similarly, Rock of Ages is available for purchase but not rental.

A full list of pirate release formats (ie, TS) can be found here.

 

Week Ending September 30, 2012 – Availability Data from October 1
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (…) Ice Age: Continental Drift Unreleased (TBD)
2 (…) That’s My Boy Unreleased (10/16/12)
3 (3) Prometheus Unreleased (10/9/12)
4 (2) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (9/30/12)
5 (1) Resident Evil: Retribution (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (7) Snow White and the Huntsman Yes
7 (8) The Avengers Yes
8 (…) Rock of Ages Unreleased (10/9/12)
9 (10) The Dictator Yes
10 (…) The Expatriate Unreleased (TBD)

Week 7 – 9/24/2012

This week is very interesting, as it marks the first week of Fox’s pre-retail digital release of Prometheus. Did it put a dent in the piracy rates?

No.

Well, it actually moved down a spot in the list…success?

The thing is, it’s available this early for purchase only, because studios aren’t listening to us when we say we don’t want to own, we want to watch. Early access to a product I don’t want in the first place is worthless.

Release digitally 3 weeks early as a $4.99 rental. Not some stupid number like $6.99 (looking at you Arbitrage) – $4.99. Do that and maybe I’ll care.

That said, I congratulate Fox for taking its first baby steps into the modern world.

Terminology notes: TS means someone pointed a videocamera at a movie screen, and R5 is ripped from a non-US retail DVD (so the audio is usually not as good). DVDscr is ripped from a DVD screener, so usually has occasional “Property of ABC Studios” text that pops up, and maybe some random B&W scenes. A full list of pirate release formats can be found here.

 

Week Ending September 23, 2012 – Availability Data from September 24
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (10) Resident Evil: Retribution (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
2 (1) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (TBD)
3 (2) Prometheus Unreleased (10/11/12)
4 (…) Moonrise Kingdom Unreleased (10/16/12)
5 (…) Barfi! (DVDscr) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (4) Magic Mike (R5) Unreleased (10/23/12)
7 (3) Snow White and the Huntsman Yes
8 (8) The Avengers Unreleased (9/25/12)
9 (5) Dark Shadows Unreleased (10/02/12)
10 (9) The Dictator Yes

Week 6 – 9/16/2012

Wow, people REALLY do not want to pay to watch The Dictator. It’s been legally rentable for $3.99 for weeks, yet it stays in the top 10 most pirated. Is it really not worth a $3.99 watch?

Snow White is now legally rentable almost everywhere – maybe people got so used to pirating it over the last 3 weeks that they’re not even bothering? Or they’re just greedy thieving bastards. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks like it’d be worth $3.99 to watch.

Arbitrage is really interesting – it’s still in theaters, is a $6.99 rental through Amazon and others, and has an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. But people are still stealing it. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe people are just assholes and won’t pay for anything ever.

Terminology notes: TS means someone pointed a videocamera at a movie screen, and R5 is ripped from a non-US retail DVD (so the audio is usually not as good). A full list of pirate release formats can be found here.

 

Week Ending September 16, 2012 – Availability Data from September 17
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (1) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (TBD)
2 (7) Prometheus Unreleased (10/11/12)
3 (2) Snow White and the Huntsman Yes
4 (…) Magic Mike (R5) Unreleased (10/23/12)
5 (4) Dark Shadows Unreleased (10/02/12)
6 (…) People Like Us Unreleased (10/02/12)
7 (…) Arbitrage Yes
8 (6) The Avengers Unreleased (9/25/12)
9 (5) The Dictator Yes
10 (…) Resident Evil: Retribution (TS) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 5 – 9/9/2012

Mostly just shuffling from last week – though looks like Prometheus is out in the wild now. No idea what the deal is with The Dinosaur Project. It seems to be British and already out on DVD/Blu-Ray over there, and is apparently available via LOVEFilm.

On a related note – Amazon owns the Euro version of Netflix?!? Crazy.

 

Week Ending September 9, 2012 – Availability Data from September 10
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (3) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (TBD)
2 (1) Snow White and the Huntsman Unreleased (9/11/12)
3 (6) 6 Bullets Yes
4 (2) Dark Shadows Unreleased (10/02/12)
5 (5) The Dictator Yes
6 (4) The Avengers Unreleased (9/25/12)
7 (…) Prometheus Unreleased (10/11/12)
8 (7) What to Expect When You’re Expecting Unreleased (9/11/12)
9 (…) The Dinosaur Project Unreleased (TBD)
10 (8) The Bourne Legacy (CAM/TS) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 4 – 9/2/2012

Well, I feel like a pattern is starting to emerge: everybody pirates movies in the weeks leading up to their retail release. Makes sense – this is the period when physical copies start going out into the wild, and so full-quality rips become available.

What I don’t get is why studios aren’t making legal rentals available sooner. Back in 2010, Paramount publicly came out against forced delays, saying they don’t cannibalize sales. Since then, I haven’t been able to find anything definitive on the subject beyond ongoing forced delays from most other major studios.

Sure, they’re desperately trying to stem the tide of falling DVD sales – Disney said their sales were down 16% YoY in Q4 2011 – but they’re ignoring what this trend should be telling them: we don’t want to buy DVD’s anymore.

So how about instead of trying to force us into buying what we don’t want, take all that effort and devote it to building a new business model around what we do want. I promise, selling people products they want to buy will pay off.

 

Week Ending September 2, 2012 – Availability Data from September 4
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (…) Snow White and the Huntsman Unreleased (9/11/12)
2 (…) Dark Shadows Unreleased (10/02/12)
3 (…) Men in Black 3 Unreleased (TBD)
4 (1) The Avengers Unreleased (9/25/12)
5 (2) The Dictator Yes
6 (…) 6 Bullets Yes
7 (…) What to Expect When You’re Expecting Unreleased (9/11/12)
8 (10) The Bourne Legacy (CAM/TS) Unreleased (TBD)
9 (3) The Cold Light Of Day Unreleased (US Theatrical 9/07/12)
10 (4) The Hunger Games Yes

Week 3 – 8/26/2012

Sorry – I missed a week, and am a little late on these results. I was in Amsterdam all last week on a job and am tired. Will post about it soon.

Though interesting thing – while in Amsterdam, I saw Battleship for sale in retail stores. Turns out the street date was August 20th over in Europe. Is there some good reason for that, beyond making pristine EU rips available to US pirates? I don’t know, but found it interesting.

The Five-Year Engagement is available for digital purchase, but not retail purchase or digital rental. So it clearly COULD be made available for digital rental, but for some reason isn’t.

 

Week Ending August 26, 2012 – Availability Data from August 29
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (1) The Avengers Unreleased (9/25/12)
2 (3) The Dictator Yes
3 (…) The Cold Light Of Day Unreleased (US Theatrical 9/07/12)
4 (2) The Hunger Games Yes
5 (…) Safe Unreleased (9/04/12)
6 (…) Total Recall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (5) The Five-Year Engagement No
8 (4) The Cabin In The Woods Unreleased (9/18/12)
9 (6) Battleship Unreleased (8/28/12)
10 (…) The Bourne Legacy (CAM) Unreleased (TBD)

Week 2 – 8/12/2012

An interesting one this week – The Babymakers is actually available to legally rent for $6.99 from almost every digital rental vendor, but it won’t be available on physical media until Sept. 18th. This is exactly what we want to see more of – digital releases available as soon as possible, not purposely delayed to coincide with physical media.

…except people ignored it and pirated anyway.

Most of the rest are impending releases that could have been made available legally, had the studios chosen to do so.

 

Week Ending August 12, 2012 – Availability Data from August 13
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (2) The Hunger Games Unreleased (8/18/12)
2 (6) The Dictator Unreleased (8/21/12)
3 (1) Battleship Unreleased (8/28/12)
4 (…) The Five-Year Engagement Unreleased (9/04/12)
5 (…) The Babymakers  Yes
6 (5) The Dark Knight Rises (CAM/TS) Unreleased (TBD)
7 (…) Total Recall (TS) Unreleased (TBD)
8 (…) Freelancers Unreleased (8/21/12)
9 (4) One In The Chamber Unreleased (8/21/12)
10 (back) Project X Yes

 

Week 1 – 8/5/2012

Every week, TorrentFreak coallates their Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent list. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to cross-reference that list with availability data from legal online video providers – Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, iTunes, etc. So I’m going to start doing just that, every week, until I get tired of it. But first, I’d like to state my hypothesis – I promise I wrote this before I actually cross-referenced the data.

My theory: if given legal and reasonable options for watching movies online, most consumers won’t feel the need to resort to piracy. The problem is that our access to these options is being artificially limited by media companies desperate to hold onto outright sales, as opposed to rentals or streaming subscriptions.

I don’t know why this happens, and feel that it may indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of an important consumer group. As I see it:

  • The most important demographic for media companies is 18-35 year olds.
  • This demographic is willing to spend money on media. However…
  • …this demographic is also the Napster generation – we were the first to embrace the notion that paying for content is a choice, not an obligation. Legal or not, this is a fairly prevalent mindset.
  • With the rise of Netflix and Hulu (as well as increasing rent costs, looking at you San Francisco), many of us have switched from owning media to renting. Most content I’ll only watch once, so why should I pay more just for it to clutter up my tiny apartment?
So when a media company restricts rental and streaming options to try to force consumers towards purchasing, they’re actually forcing a choice between purchase and piracy. I don’t know if legal rental options would turn pirates into customers, but there’s got to be some way to give consumers what they want while still maintaining profits.
That’s my theory: the majority of piracy is driven by the lack of reasonable, legal options. Does the data support it? Let’s find out.

 

Week Ending August 05, 2012 – Availability Data from August 07
Rank (Last Week) Movie Legally Watchable?
List via torrentfreak.com, availability data via canistream.it. “Legally Watchable” means available for streaming or digital rental from any of the following: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Crackle, YouTube, EPiX, Vudu, Android, Blockbuster. “Unreleased” means not available to U.S. consumers in any legal form beyond theatrical release – DVD/Blu-Ray release date (via Amazon) is noted if known.
1 (…) Battleship Unreleased (8/28/12)
2 (…) The Hunger Games Unreleased (8/18/12)
3 (1) American Reunion Yes
4 (…) One In The Chamber Unreleased (8/21/12)
5 (2) The Dark Knight Rises (CAM/TS) Unreleased (TBD)
6 (…) The Dictator Unreleased (8/21/12)
7 (3) The Raven Unreleased (10/9/12)
8 (5) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax No
9 (…) Jism 2 (DVDSCR) Unreleased (TBD)
10 (4) Hijacked Yes

 

Well, Week 1 of this experiment has yielded some interesting results – here are my takeaways:

  1. The majority of this week’s most pirated movies are not available to consumers in any form.
  2. Four of this week’s top six movies will become available to consumers, in some form, within the next 3 weeks.
  3. Only one film, The Lorax, is available for purchase but not for rental/streaming.
  4. Jism 2 is an erotic Indian film currently in limited theatrical release.

Does it prove that we’re getting screwed over by Big Content? Nope – but we are pretty impatient, and security on upcoming DVD releases is terrible. But this is only one data point, so I’m not going to draw any sweeping conclusions just yet. Check back next week – I’ll just keep adding to this page, so hopefully trends will be easy to spot.

 

 

4 Responses

  1. Ty

    I took away two things from this:

    1) Pirates have shitty taste in movies. But I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.

    2) I really, REALLY, want to see Jism 2 now…..just not sure if I should catch the prequel first to get caught up in the story.

  2. Video Grandpa

    Yeah, I feel like there could be a quality aspect here – apparently American Reunion and Hijacked weren’t even worth the $3.99 people would have had to pay to watch them legally.

    And Jism 2 is just beyond all analysis.

  3. Nate

    I’ve enjoyed watching “The Avengers”, “The Dictator” and “The Hunger Games” on my DVR with Dish Blockbuster@Home service. I love that my Blockbuster@Home service is cheaper then using Netflix, and it gives me access to both streaming and disc rentals. Everyone knows streaming movies is a lot more convenient then going to a kiosk or movie store. My family and I have started having more movie nights together since I got Dish’s Blockbuster@Home service. I work for Dish and I can tell you that Blockbuster gets their new releases 28 days before Netflix and Redbox customers.

    • Video Grandpa

      While I believe your comment might be spam, let’s respond to it anyway. Blockbuster@Home is a product solely for Dish subscribers – I’m purposely not including proprietary services in this comparison, because it’s too much work and I don’t care. Xfinity, Time Warner, Comcast, Dish – I don’t care about any of them, because they’re just trying to grow their existing monopolies at the expense of consumers. Blockbuster’s open-to-everyone streaming service does NOT have The Avengers or The Dictator for rental.

      As to the delay – Blockbuster’s streaming service is on-demand, while Netflix’s is not, and Redbox is physical disks. That’s three very different businesses, governed by a multitude of different licensing agreements. Blockbuster has no timing advantage over other on-demand streaming rental services – iTunes, Amazon, etc.

      The 28-day disk delay is also constantly in flux. These delay agreements are per studio – Redbox recently refused a deal from Warner Bros. that would have extended the delay to 56 days. Instead, they chose to have zero delay, and purchase Warner Bros. disks from alternate sources.

      However, I’m glad you and your family are enjoying streaming media. I genuinely want everyone to have convenient, legal access to media. I just hate monopolies and unnecessary consumer restrictions.

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