Home Alone most-pirated holiday season movie

Perennial family favourite movie Home Alone is the most pirated holiday movie of 2013, according to findings from anti-piracy solutions specialist CEG TEK International.

The company measured activity on the BitTorrent peer-to- peer (P2P) file sharing network during this year’s holiday season. CEG TEK reported that daily P2P download demand by BitTorrent users of the Most Pirated Holiday Movies of 2013 approached 185,000 globally.

The company’s report – Most Pirated Holiday Movies of 2013 – shows a demand for recent and classic holiday films and television specials, some of which may be difficult to find in stores or online. Activity surrounding the number one pirated movie, Home Alone (1990), increased every day on average. The films monitored were based on a list of 33 classic and popular holiday movies.

According to CEG TEK co-Founder and COO, Kyle Reed, the report shows a demand for recent and classic holiday films and television specials, some of which may be difficult to find in stores or online, noting that the company’s proprietary detection software was designed with several unique abilities including tracking without active participation.

“Few movie genres rival the nostalgia associated with holiday films, and the popularity we’ve detected asserts these films’ continued relevance as part of our culture,” added Jon Nicolini, Co-Founder and CTO.

The Top Ten most-pirated holiday movies of 2013 were:

Film Title – Average Daily Global Demand

  1. Home Alone (1990) – 20,169
  2. Arthur Christmas (2011) – 16,719
  3. A Christmas Carol (2009) – 16,143
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – 15,435
  5. Love Actually (2003) – 14,634
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – 11,312
  7. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – 8,903
  8. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) – 8,827
  9. Bad Santa (2003) – 7,781
  10. The Polar Express (2004) – 7,775

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