of Matthias Brückle
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For seven years, number 1 in the series with the most illegal downloads was a straightforward matter: game of Thrones. But HBO's fantasy series was long over, in 2020 it no longer played the decisive role. Who are series fans rushing to instead? The "winner" of 2020 is The Mandalorian. The release of the second season of the bounty hunter in the universe of Star Wars on Disney + seems to have established the series as the new hot part! The heavyweights of streaming services can be found in the places of the most loaded series via BitTorrent (via torrent freak):

  • The Mandalorian (Disney +)
  • The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Westworld (HBO Max / Sky)
  • Vikings
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Rick and Morty
  • the Walking Dead
  • The Outsider
  • Arrow
  • The Flash

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Why do so many download The Mandalorian illegally?

The Star Wars series naturally relies on a very popular brand, but apart from the popularity and quality of the space adventures, there are probably reasons for the peak values ​​for illegal downloads (besides simple "I can download it too"-Attitude):

Disney + doesn't offer enough: Theoretically, you don't just get a subscription to a streaming service because of a series, but the Disney + offering casts doubt on it. For many viewers, it has simply been the Mandalorian platform, with Marvel series not coming out until 2021. The catalog of Disney movies and series doesn't have enough for everyone. If you look at places 2 and 3 in particular, it becomes clear: If you want to see these three series, you need three different streaming subscriptions.

The quality is reduced on the PC: A smaller, but also important, aspect is the fact that The Mandalorian just doesn't look good on the stream. The Beskar armor shines on TVs in a resolution of up to 4k, but on the PC – i.e. via Disney + in the browser – only 720p is possible, for example. For some, that's reason enough to download the series.

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