And the most pirated television show of 2011 is …

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Goodness. You step away from a blog for a week and it’s as though the heavens open up and scream “Here’s a reminder that there will never be nothing to write about, so shut up and get back to writing to the tens of people who still read that stupid thing!” Yes. The heavens use exclamation points, too.

“Dexter.” You dig it, right? Of course you do. Everyone does. I resisted for months — years even. But eventually the stars aligned for many a reason and I found myself following Michael C. Hall’s every move as he pranced his way around Miami, looking for bad guys to kill and white pants to wear. Bobble-heads were bought as gifts. DVD sets were viewed in a day’s time. And a tear was shed when Hall and Jennifer Carpenter (his sister on the show) divorced after a short try at the married life.

This season? Don’t spoil it! One more time. Don’t spoil it! Colin Hanks and Mos Def (two people I absolutely adore) were slated as the most recent season’s guest stars, though I have yet to find time to sit down and catch up with the show that put Showtime back on the map. Though as it turns out, I may actually be the only one who has yet to carve out an hour or two for “Dexter’s” recently-wrapped season.

Why is that, you ask? Well, the show was recently found as the No. 1 most illegally downloaded television show of the year. That’s right, friends. A new post and a top 10 list. According to the lovely lads at Torrent Freak, the following were this year’s most illegally downloaded television shows:

1. Dexter

2. Game of Thrones

3. The Big Bang Theory

4. House

5. How I Met Your Mother

6. Glee

7. The Walking Dead

8. Terra Nova

9. True Blood

10. Breaking Bad

But check out the numbers. Goodness, gracious, check out the numbers.

“Dexter” was downloaded 3,620,000 times this year while “Breaking Bad,” the No. 10 show, finished with 1,730,000 (with one of those downloads possibly coming from me. I mean, I’m not sayin,’ but I’m just sayin’). Can you believe that? More than 3.5 million people illegally watched “Dexter” in 2011. That’s got to be a bigger number than the amount of people who actually watched the thing on Showtime, right? I mean, come on. Showtime can’t have anymore than … what? … 48 subscribers, right? Right.

That’s a story in it’s own right, I know. But just like the time we thought Doakes would see to live another day in season two of the Showtime hit, the plot thickens. Yes. The plot thickens. From zdnet, via YouHaveDownloaded …

“The government of France, which recently passed the strictest anti-piracy laws in Europe, has been found with its hands in the illegal download cookie jar,” the site wrote. “Indeed, illegal downloads have been tracked to Nicolas Sarkozy’s, the French president, home. Shame on you Sarkozy, after you personally went to all that trouble to get that law passed!”

Ha! And one more, yet this time more emphatically. Ha!! Sarkozy is sitting around bootlegging American television shows. What’s your money on? I’d guess “Harry’s Law,” though I wouldn’t be surprised if we found that he just couldn’t get enough of “The Good Wife.” That said, “Californication” seems like it could be something the French president could get into. The more women, the better, right?

Oh, but that isn’t even the most revealing portion of this piece. Yes. This story gets better.

“The Recording Industry of America (RIAA), champion of digital rights management (DRM) and the Big Brother-like Stop Online Privacy Act, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have also been illegally downloading TV shows, movies and music tracks,” zdnet wrote. “So, when everyone is breaking the law, including the very people who are demanding these laws, maybe it’s time to re-think the entire situation.”

Bahahahaha!!! Three exclamation points following a “haha” beginning with the letter “B?” Yep. This is serious.

How incredibly hypocritical does the RIAA look now? It raised such a fuss over the 55-year-old stay-at-home moms who illegally download three tracks from the latest Journey live album because 1) they wanted to hear if the new singer actually did sound like Steve Perry and 2) boy, Journey just killed it when they saw them at some now-defunct arena in 1987.

Seriously, though. The RIAA claims that $12.5 billion were lost because of music theft, yet the people behind it don’t have a problem with illegally catching up on the hilariously unfunny “Two And A Half Men?” Someone should throw a tomato at that dude who trots out in the middle of every Grammy telecast to ridicule the world about not paying for music. He’s probably already six illegal episodes into “2 Broke Girls.”

But I digress. Hats off to “Dexter” for being this year’s most popular illegally watched television program. Then again, maybe congratulations aren’t in order, considering this doesn’t necessarily help the show make money. And, well, if that many people are doing this, that must mean Showtime isn’t gaining subscribers, either, right? OK. OK. So, maybe our hats shouldn’t be completely removed from our heads. Maybe just a quick thumbs up to Michael C. Hall and friends.

Either way, the mere fact that something such as this is now being tracked is a pretty clear indication that more and more people are turning to the Interwebs to catch up on their favorite television show. And for someone who runs a blog called “TV Without A TV,” that’s pretty interesting news.

Now, if we could all just begin a campaign aimed at taking down the RIAA and the people behind that disgustingly hypocritical operation …


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