We’ve been looking at some of the more popular torrent websites in 2015. We predict that these will be in a state of constant flux as torrent sites are shut down and more during the year. File-sharers tend to stick with one or two services for finding torrents, only changing when there is some shut down or some other type of issue with the website.
Quick primer :
BitTorrent is a filesharing protocol that is capable, in a reliable way, to enable big and fast file transfers. It’s a distributed system where parties can download pieces of large files from other users on the network. It can be used for large files (like movies, TV shows & software).
Downloaded TV-Shows in 2015
In 2015 the top pirated TV-Show was Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory. Game of Thrones’ season finale had an estimated 14 million downloads for their season finale. More than 50% of TV-shows downloads happen within a week of airing.
In 2015 the number of high quality uploads has increased. Shows appear in 1080p & 720p more frequently, but 480p shows still account for a majority of the downloads. This is most likely due to pirates being on limited internet connections or having a high number of simultaneous downloads.
|rank||show||est. downloads||est. US TV viewers|
|1||Game of Thrones||14,400,000||8,110,000|
|2||The Walking Dead||6,900,000||15,780,000|
|3||The Big Bang Theory||4,400,000||18,300,000|
Most popular BitTorrent websites in 2015
So here is a snapshot as of today:
KickassTorrents was founded in 2009. It’s one of the fastest growing torrent websites, and surpassed The Pirate Bay in terms of traffic. KickassTorrents has had to hop around a few domain names after various censorship issues.
The Pirate Bay (TPB), possibly the most famous BitTorrent indexer. It’s been around since 2003 and has had a few owners along the way. Earlier this year it was off-line, due to pending legal cases against it.
TorrentHound is a solid torrent website, and has a growing & dedicated following. TorrentHound is blocked on the ISP level in a few countries and has been reported to the US government for being a piracy haven.
1337x is a very user-friendly website, navigation to find content is straight forward. You’ll find what you need here quite quickly. There were a few security concerns a few weeks ago, but a site announcement says that these allegations were unfounded.
RARBG, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker, is now operating on a global scale. It even managed to get itself on the UK ISP block list.
Torrentz (tracker) has been the leading BitTorrent meta-search engine for many years.It’s easy to use and search their 20+ websites they index.
TV-torrent focused distribution website.
TorrentDownloads has been in operation since 2007. It’s also been a top torrent website and is continuing to grow every year. Besides TV they sport an active music, software and games sections on their website.
YTS.ag is a new comer to the market. They focus on movies (even 3d ones). YTS offers a secure search function to add an extra layer of being snooped on.
ExtraTorrent has an active community of sharers, in fact they are some of most prolific uploaders. They are the home to the famous ETTV and ETRG release groups.
Other systems also came to the focus in 2015, like PopCornTime. It acts as browser for finding TV & Movie content. It also went through a few domains like popcorntime.io. PopCornTime also offers a built in VPN, but it’s not to certain as to the protection this free VPN offers.