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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit was the most pirated film of 2013

One third of a book is one heck of a hit
Thu Jan 02 2014, 14:31
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A FILM based on one third of a book that includes a song about washing up was the most pirated movie of 2013.

That film is The Hobbit, a long film about short people, according to Torrentfreak, which has compiled a list of the most commonly downloaded firms of the past 12 months.

Torrentfreak reports that The Hobbit accounted for 8.4 million downloads across Bittorrent websites, explaining that it knocked Django Unchained and Fast And Furious 6 into second and third places, respectively.

Although it was popular on Bittorrent, The Hobbit is not the highest grossing film through movie industry channels, but Iron Man 3 is. Iron Man 3 was the fourth most popular download, with 7.6 million Bittorrents counted.

According to Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) digital services, that is, the more legitimate options, are driving up hard copy sales and consumption.

It found that last year the UK games, video and music market was worth £5.4bn, a four percent increase against £5.1bn in 2012.

Highlights from the year included games sales of GTA 5, which sold 3.67 million units and beat James Bond movie Skyfall as last year's big earner. The Hobbit pulled in over £2m in the UK.

"This is a stunning result after at least five years of decline. Retailers have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in new digital services and these numbers suggest the public is responding in their droves," said ERA director general Kim Bayley.

"New technologies have historically presented challenges to the entertainment business, but these results show how our members are helping music, video and games companies find new markets."

New video technologies such as iTunes and Netflix have enjoyed gains, according to ERA, and grew by 40.2 percent to £621.4m. Digital music services, including services like Spotify, have also boosted the industry 33.7 percent to £103m. While video games dominate sales, taking a total of 41.4 percent of all entertainment sales, their best years might still be to come.

"The big picture growth story in entertainment is clearly digital, but the success of Blu-ray and - most astonishingly vinyl - demonstrates that physical formats can still flourish when they are able to offer something distinctive," added Bayley.

"Games continues to deliver digital sales strongly, but it was disappointing that Xbox One and PS4 came so late in 2013 and then huge demand meant stock sold out quickly. Retailers will be working hard in 2014 to maintain the sales momentum of these two great new pieces of kit."

Hard copy DVD videos didn't do as well as its streaming, digital rivals, and physical sales dropped by 6.8 percent. However, digital sales via Blinkbox and others grew 40 percent to £621m. µ

 

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