These 5 TV Piracy Sites See 2 Billion Users EVERY MONTHBy Steph Myers / March 11, 2017 / Tags: Cut Cable, Kodi, Stream TV
Popular piracy, or torrent, sites for downloading free TV shows and movies are doing very, very well.
Looking for the best piracy sites for free, premium TV and movies? You’re not alone.
Downloading pirated content — called “torrenting” — has bloomed into a fairly mainstream activity. In fact, billions of people watch many billions of shows and movies for free on torrenting sites.
Torrenting Vs. Streaming — Which Is Safer?
Torrenting actually refers to both downloading and uploading pirated content. Both these activities are risky, legally speaking. Of the two, it’s the uploading part that’s most likely to get people into trouble. If you upload copyrighted content, you appear to be distributing it — and that’s illegal. Downloading comes with less liability but is still risky. Anyone who torrents needs to use a VPN to stay anonymous. (Not all VPNs take anonymity seriously, but these 3 all offer maximum privacy and security for torrenting or streaming.)
Streaming pirated content — for example, on Kodi — is very much a gray area as far as current laws are concerned. The user is neither downloading or uploading any content, so no copyright laws are being broken. On the other hand, the big media corporations don’t like it when people watch their content for free, and there are rumblings of a crackdown on illegal streaming. It’s safer than torrenting, but users should still use a VPN to stay private and secure.
If you’re a torrenter who’s looking to switch to streaming, the go-to platform is Kodi. In fact, many Kodi add-ons pull streams from top torrent sites. More about Kodi and how to use it.
5 Best Torrenting Sites
Here are 2017’s 5 most visited torrenting sites — and the number of people who use them every month.
The Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay is the Mac Daddy of torrenting. Over half a billion people visit the site every month. That’s a lot of torrenting. Every now and then, The Pirate Bay gets shut down, but it always comes back, bigger and better than ever. In the Alexa rankings of the most heavily visited websites, it’s currently ranked 81 in the US, and 121 in the world. Now that’s impressive.
ExtraTorrent has been increasing in popularity for the past few years. It currently gets about 300 million visitors per month. ET is home to the much-loved ETTV and ETRG release groups.
Around 400 million people use RARBG every month for their torrenting needs. First on the scene in 2008, the site has earned lots of street cred with devoted pirates.
If you remember the YTS or YIFY groups — YTS.ag is not them. There is no affiliation at all. This site has clawed its way to the top of the torrenting space in part by piggybacking on the names of the original groups, and now sees around 350 million users a day.
Torrentz2 is a search engine that searches over 60 other torrenting sites to find TV episodes and movies. It has a monthly userbase of around 250 million people.
Combined, that’s a total of nearly 2 billion people using these sites every month. Plus, there are way more than 5 torrenting sites out there. And this doesn’t count all the streaming of pirated content that’s happening around the web.
No wonder cable companies are losing customers.
The Future Of TV Piracy
With so many people watching pirated content, surely there’s a crackdown coming soon. Right?
Well, turns out it’s a tricky thing to shut down a torrenting site. These sites do get shut down — only to crop up again on a slightly different domain. Most maintain “mirror” sites for just such an event. Their well-organized communities of users spread the word, and the site is back to business as usual in no time.
It’s also very hard to track down individuals who torrent or stream pirated content, especially as users become more savvy and protect themselves by using a VPN.
So as much as copyright holders would love to put a stop to all the piracy, it’s very much an uphill battle. In the meantime, in the time it took you to read this article, the world’s top torrenting sites just bestowed a booty of premium content for pirates around the world.