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The Grand Tour is the most pirated TV show ever

Written by James Delahunty @ 12 Dec 2016 9:11 User comments (3)

The Grand Tour is the most pirated TV show ever

The first episodes of Amazon's super expensive 'The Grand Tour' are the most pirated TV show episodes ever, according to an industry analyst.
The Amazon Video exclusive, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, has an astonishing 160 million budget as Amazon looks to lure subscribers to its Prime service. So far the show has been well received and generated many millions of viewers.

However, it has broken another record for viewers that might not prompt much celebration from Amazon, as is reportedly the most pirated show ever. It dethroned HBO's 'Game of Thrones' rather quickly, according to industry analyst Muso, which tracks piracy affecting digitally distributed content.

Muso's numbers show that the pilot episode of The Grand Tour was downloaded illegally more than 7.9 million times. The second episode followed with 6.4 million illegal downloads, and the third at 4.6 million. Pirates in the United Kingdom are responsible for the largest chunk of downloads, at about 13.7 percent.



Given that Amazon was hoping to use the show to bump subscribers in the UK, where the three former Top Gear presenters are very popular. The reboot of BBC's Top Gear after the departure of Clarkson, Hammond and May has been a failure, with Chris Evans already quitting as a host and ratings tanking.

Source: Daily Mail (via: Engadget)

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3 user comments

112.12.2016 12:56

I'm an Amazon junkie......Prime member too. Never heard of this.

But then again, I'm not jumping on this bandwagon of watching independently-made shows.

It's just another excuse to remove yourself from societal interactions and sit in front of the boob tube all day/night.

We already have enough morons wasting away.

316.12.2016 00:32

Originally posted by hearme0:
I'm an Amazon junkie......Prime member too. Never heard of this.

But then again, I'm not jumping on this bandwagon of watching independently-made shows.

It's just another excuse to remove yourself from societal interactions and sit in front of the boob tube all day/night.

We already have enough morons wasting away.

It is actually the continuation of one of the world's most popular shows, formerly on the BBC. It was called "Top Gear". I personally know people who bought 50 extra channels just to get the BBC...just to get that show. They are prime members now. The fact that it was pirated like crazy just shows that people want to see it...if no one pirated it, THEN it would be a flop.

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