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The PirateDex: Be these entertainment stocks at the mercy of corsairs?

Stocks in this article: SNE VIA DIS AMCX TWX CBS CMCSA LGF

This be by Ben Levine for Kapitall.

It be for some time now that the media industry has been cryin’ “avast ye!” from the crow’s nest with regard to the growin’ ranks o’ would-be moviegoin’ swabbies who be piratin’ movies and TV shows for free—hornswagglin’ the companies out o’ what they say be their rightful booty. The quarrel even led to a congressional bill, which was proffered in 2011 but took a walk to the briny in 2012 because o’ what the lads and lasses considered its overreaching ambitions and a refusal to parley. 

In spite o’ ongoin’ fears o’ the dangers that these privateers o’ the online seas pose to the entertainment industry, 2013 box office bounty totals keelhauled the 2012 numbers, handsomely reapin’ $10,923.6 billion in loot, and addin’ some $86 million more to the coffers than the year past. The unfurlin’ o’ annual earnings, though partly brought around by the winds o’ pricier ticket options like 3D and IMAX, has many convinced that piratin’ be nary hurtin’ the movie industry at the box office.

At 2013’s end, the piratin’ news site torrentfreak published a measurin’ o’ the movies and shows that were most highly pilfered through the file-sharin’ service BitTorrent an’, what’s more, the estimated number o’ downloads. Even so, the list don’t factor in other methods or file-sharin’ man-o’-wars by which pirates plundered these landlubbers o’ their movies and shows. Adaptin’ the list, we be includin’ the networks, production companies, an’ distributors behind each item o’ the lists:

The films:
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyWarner Bros. ( TWX)     8.4M (est. downloads)
2. Django UnchainedWeinstein / Columbia ( SNE)                       8.1M
3. Fast And Furious 6Universal ( CMCSA)                                         7.9M
4. Iron Man 3Disney ( DIS)                                                                  7.6M
5. Silver Linings PlaybookWeinstein                                                 7.5M
6. Star Trek Into DarknessParamount ( VIA)                                  7.4M
7. Gangster SquadWarner Bros. ( TWX)                                         7.2M
8. Now You See Me - Lions Gate ( LGF)                                               7.0M
9. The Hangover Part 3Warner Bros. ( TWX)                                6.9M
10. World War ZParamount ( VIA)                                                   6.7M

The shows:
1. Game of ThronesHBO ( TWX)                                                    5.9M (est. downloads)
2. Breaking BadAMC ( AMCX)                                                        4.2M
3. The Walking DeadAMC ( AMCX)                                               3.6M
4. The Big Bang TheoryCBS ( CBS)                                                3.4M
5. DexterShowtime ( CBS)                                                             3.1M
6. How I Met Your MotherCBS ( CBS)                                         3.0M
7. SuitsUSANBCUniversal ( CMCSA)                                        2.6M
8. HomelandShowtime ( CBS)                                                       2.4M
9. VikingsHistoryA+E ( DIS)                                                       2.3M
10. ArrowThe CW ( CBS)/( TWX)                                                   2.2M

Takin’ a gander at the public trade ships behind the lot o’ these projects, we totaled the estimated sum o’ downloads for each—an’ of course we be takin’ split ownership (like The CW) into consideration—to be formin’ the PirateDex, a list showin’ the most preyed-upon companies o’ the film and television industries, along with the piratin’ totals compared to the size o’ the companies..

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