File-sharers’ TV tastes revealed

Millions of television viewers are now using illegal file-sharing services to access free and unauthorised copies of programmes, research has revealed.US drama Heroes was the most popular illegal download this year, according to research firm Big Champagne.Around 55 million people downloaded the show, whilst 51 million chose to access Lost, the second most popular show.Visits to leading “torrent” sites, which index video and music files, have also nearly doubled in the last year.The proportion of file-sharing involving films and television rather than music is continuing to rise, the research shows.

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