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Overseas Netflix prices determined by piracy levels

Overseas Netflix prices determined by piracy levels

While Netflix has long been a staple in the streaming market in the US, it's easy to forget that with over 60 million subscribers globally, the service exists in a number of other countries. One interesting tidbit about the how the company works overseas was revealed by CFO David Wells on a recent earnings interview. When it comes time to determine Netflix's subscription price in a country, one key factor they look at are the levels of piracy in that region. Higher levels of piracy mean a cheaper price to access Netflix's content.

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HBO warns torrent users over recent Game of Thrones leak

HBO warns torrent users over recent Game of Thrones leak

Following last week's news that the first four episodes of Game of Thrones season five were leaked onto torrent sites on the night before the season premiere, they were subsequently downloaded millions of times. Understandable, with HBO's drama being the most pirated show around the globe. Also unsurprising is that HBO is displeased with the leak. So displeased, in fact, that the company sent warnings to thousands of torrent users attempting to deter them from downloading the show any further.

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‘Game of Thrones’ S5 episodes 1-4 leaked online

‘Game of Thrones’ S5 episodes 1-4 leaked online

Hearing about a new movie or TV show getting released early on the internet is a common thing these days, but when its new episodes of the most pirated show on the planet, and a day before their premiere, then it's a big deal. Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones fans, as the next few weeks might see an increase of spoilers floating around online (this article is spoiler free, however, I promise). With Game of Thrones' highly anticipated season 5 to debut on HBO Sunday night, the first four episodes were illegally leaked onto torrent sites yesterday.

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Popcorn Time iOS installer brings torrent streaming to iPhones

Popcorn Time iOS installer brings torrent streaming to iPhones

Popcorn Time, nicknamed "the Netflix of piracy" started as a website that lets you browse and stream torrents of pirated movies on your desktop computer. It's layout is so easy to navigate that you might forget that you're doing something illegal by using it. Although you won't find an app for it in the iTunes store, people have been finding a way to access the service through jailbreaking their phones. Now instead of having to use a complicated work around to stream on your iPhone, you can use their installer for easy access to a library of content that is practically 100% illegal.

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Windows 10 for pirated copies? Yes. For free? Maybe not

Windows 10 for pirated copies? Yes. For free? Maybe not

There has been a lot of talk lately about Windows 10, considering it will land in users' hands by Summer this year. One of the most talked about point, however, is the possibility that the upgrade might be available for pirated copies of older versions, particularly Windows XP. And they might even get it for free like other legitimate Windows owners. In a practice of perfect PR ambiguity, Microsoft has "clarified" its plans for owners of non-genuine Windows copies, but at the same time, leaves some of the important questions still unanswered.

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Tumblr begins filtering ‘torrent’ searches, tags

Tumblr begins filtering ‘torrent’ searches, tags

Since Yahoo acquired Tumblr, they have been cautious to make changes, if any, to the social network. However, it appears there have been a few adjustments recently to the censorship or filtering of tags searches. But it's not related to adult content, something that many users fond of the site feared would change when Yahoo took over, rather it's mentions of the word "torrent." This could be related to a new initiative to fight piracy, but any searches for "torrent" will come up blank, both for public and logged in users.

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Android app dev finds a creative way to punish pirates

Android app dev finds a creative way to punish pirates

What would you do if your $6 mobile app gets pirated a lot? And by a lot, we mean 85 percent of the installed user base? Some might have called it quits and yanked off their app. Others might have tried to enforce even stricter piracy countermeasures. But not Android app developer Jack Underwood, whose popular Today Calendar app is experiencing those numbers. Instead, he is "punishing" pirates by making them walk the plank into shark-infested waters. Well, not really. He's just filling up their calendars with a lot of pirate-themed events.

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The Pirate Bay back online after police take-down

The Pirate Bay back online after police take-down

The Pirate Bay, the internet's favorite torrent search engine, is back online right now, roughly seven weeks after being raided by law enforcement in home country Sweden. While the website and its founders have long been targeted by authorities for violations of piracy laws, this was the longest period the site was offline, and it was definitely in question if it would ever return. As the ultimate symbol of its rise from the ashes once more, the site's pirate ship logo is currently replaced by a phoenix.

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Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Piracy. Despite the near endless efforts to battle it, the Internet has always won out in the end and illegal downloads show no signs of going away. The ease of access that video streaming services and similar products offer has given consumers attractive (legal) alternatives, and many have embraced them. Still, if it is legal it will cost money (or it will end up being like Crackle), and some refuse to pay up, instead turning to torrents and unauthorized streaming sites.

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Netflix said to be shutting out international VPN users

Netflix said to be shutting out international VPN users

Due to international laws and different contracts with copyright holders based on country, Netflix's digital content available for streaming can vary widely depending on your location in the world. It has long been a tactic of international Netflix users to rely on VPNs (virtual private networks) in order to get around the site's regional locks and access content available in the U.S. Unfortunately for those subscribers, it appears that Netflix is cracking down on some VPN services and keeping their users out of its walled garden.

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