Millions Download Olympics Opening Ceremony via BitTorrent

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The opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics, co-directed by Zhang Yimou, was a truly spectacular event. Not everyone had the chance to watch it live, but that's where BitTorrent comes in. The broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony has been downloaded more than a million times already, and the download counters go up every day.

top gearThe most popular version of the opening ceremony is the HD release, a massive 5GB file. At the time of publication more than 60,000 people are downloading the torrent, while over a million people have already downloaded the opening ceremony via BitTorrent – even though it was free to watch on TV all around the world.

Other releases of the Olympics ceremony are popular as well, such as an iPod ready version of the first hour, a standard definition release of the opening ceremony, and a high definition capture of the torch lighting and fireworks. Three Olympic shows would have made it into our weekly TV-download chart, but we decided to count them as one.

The data of the TV-torrent chart is collected by TorrentFreak from a representative sample of BitTorrent sites and is for informational and educational reference only.

At the end of the year we will publish a list of most downloaded TV-shows for the entire year, like we did last December.

Top Downloads August 03 – August 10

Ranking (last week) TV-show
1 (new) Olympics 2008 Opening Ceremony
2 (3) Weeds
3 (6) Eureka
4 (4) Generation Kill
5 (5) Burn Notice
6 (back) Psych
7 (back) So You Think You Can Dance
8 (7) Flashpoint
9 (9) In Plain Sight
10 (8) Mad Men


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