‘Supergirl’ hasn’t even aired yet and it’s already a big hit. At least in the piracy world.
The pilot episode appeared shortly before 3 a.m. ET Friday in up to 1080p HD format without any evident watermarks, Variety reported. As of Friday afternoon the show had been downloaded 192,000 times. The U.S., U.K. and Australia are the most active countries for this pirate activity.
According of Variety, the show isn’t even set to premiere till November.
Variety noted that it’s rare for a pilot to leak out onto piracy sites this early. The website said it could damper ratings or create a buzz around the premiere. Networks are known for releasing pilots in advance for marketing purposes, but never this far in advance.
CBS declined to comment to Variety, so either they wanted the buzz or they are scrambling to figure out what to do next.
It’s hard to know what these networks can do to compete with this piracy. HBO made it’s service more affordable and readily available to customers and still ‘Game of Thrones’ piracy has skyrocketed even more. I’m sure that’s not what the network was hoping for when it made itself available to more customers.
Will you access the ‘Supergirl’ pilot like thousands of others have done on line or will you wait till the proper premiere date?