Years ago, the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett were the most stolen books from W.H Smiths, and while on the face of it that’s not a good thing – certainly not for the publishers or Sir Terry’s bank balance – it was an indication of the popularity of the series, and in a similar way Lucasfilm can take some comfort in the news that The Mandalorian is now the world’s most pirated TV series.
It also points to the success of the new streaming kid on the block Disney Plus, as Mando steals the pirate crown from the long-time king Game of Thrones ahead of Star Trek: Picard, Vikings and Westworld.
Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” is the new king of the internet high seas according to analysis from TorrentFreak, which concluded that the “Star Wars” spinoff series was 2020’s most pirated TV program of the year, based on torrent downloads, up from the third spot in 2019.
For nearly a decade, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” held a monopoly over the top spot, but fans of the fantasy epic have been left high and dry while waiting for the network’s “House of the Dragon” spinoff, leaving the door open for “The Mandalorian” to stake its claim.
While a strong indicator of digital download trends, the TorrentFreak survey is not necessarily a conclusive method of tracking piracy as the number of torrent downloads does not account for views via illegal streaming services.
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