Reportedly DVD screener copies of thirteen Oscar movies hit torrent sites and getting popular among torrent users. Interestingly this happened more than one month before the official oscar nomination announcement. As per download stats from various torrent site latest Hobbit instalment is proving most popular with over 500K downloads.
DVD screeners are advance copies of recent films sent out to critiques, awards voters, video stores (for their manager and employees), and other film industry professionals, including producers and distributors.These high quality releases are highly sought after online and as a results studios take high precaution and care handling and sending these copies.
But despite all those security measures by studios, leaks happens and usually appear in torrent sites with suffix DVDSCR. These screeners are downloaded in large number when appeared in torrent sites.
As per torrentfreak The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the most popular with 500,000 downloads in the first 24 hours. Other leaked screeners are Birdman, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Unbroken, American Sniper, Big Eyes, Selma, The Gambler, Inherent Vice, A Most Violent Year, Big Hero 6 and Kill The Messenger.
As per torrentfeak sources nine movies came from three different sources. One accounted for the Hobbit and another Big Hero 6. The remaining seven all came from a single source. The encoding on these is described as “choppy” suggesting the leaker may not be an experienced pirate.