‘Orange Is the New Black’ Piracy Soars for Season 2 Debut, But ‘House of Cards’ Was Bigger
Originally posted on Variety:
If piracy is a gauge of popularity, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” second season is not as big a hit as “House of Cards” — and neither series holds a candle to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the world’s most-pirated TV show.
In the first two days of its release, “OITNB” season 2 episodes were being illegally downloaded by 55,668 individuals over peer-to-peer networks in the four biggest markets for piracy (U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia), according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. That’s up more than tenfold from 3,850 pirates for the first two days of the initial season of “Orange Is the new Black” last July, which is to be expected because the series didn’t build buzz for itself until later in its run.
Still, “OITNB” was outperformed by the sophomore debut of Netflix’s other notable original series, “House of Cards,” which was pirated by 90,841 people in the same four countries in the…
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