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As 2011 comes to a close, the list of the most pirated movies and TV shows of the year have been compiled by TorrentFreak.

Making a list like this is a bit of a backhanded compliment – the movie or TV show is obviously popular – but these viewers don’t want to pay for it.

Fast Five – the fifth Fast and Furious film topped the movie list while Dexter was the most pirated TV show.  

Fast Five, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, was downloaded illegally 9.26 million times and topped the list followed by with Hangover II (8.8 million downloads)  and Thor (8.3 million downloads).

Last year’s most pirated film was Avatar and it was downloaded more than 16 million times.

Fast Five was the most pirated movie of 2011 according to TorrentFreak

The most pirated films

1. Fast Five – 9.26 million downloads

2. The Hangover II – 8.84 million

3. Thor – 8.33 million

4. Source Code – 7.91 million

5. I Am Number Four – 7.67 million

6. Sucker Punch – 7.2 million

7. 127 Hours – 6.91 million

8. Rango – 6.48 million

9. The King’s Speech – 6.25 million

10 – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – 6.03 million

On the TV side Dexter – the show about a forensic analyst who also moonlights as a serial killer – topped the list of the most pirated TV shows.

Each Dexter episode averaged 3.62 million downloads and was followed by Game of Thrones (3.4 million average downloads per episode) and The Big Bang Theory (3.09 million average downloads per episode).

Dexter was the most pirated TV show of 2011

The most pirated TV shows

1. Dexter – 3.62 million average downloads per episode

2. Game of Thrones – 3.4 million

3. The Big Bang Theory – 3.09 million

4. House – 2.76 million

5. How I Met Your Mother – 2.41 million

6. Glee – 2.2 million

7. The Walking Dead – 2.06 million

8. Terra Nova – 1.91 million

9. True Blood – 1.85 million

10. Breaking Bad – 1.75 million

These lists were compiled by TorrentFreak which used BitTorrent trackers.

Many people use BitTorrents to download content illegally. In 2009 BitTorrents accounted for up to 70 per cent of internet traffic.

BitTorrent is a peer to peer file sharing protocol which can distribute large volumes of data over the internet.

The basic principal behind it is that rather than downloading a large file from a single source you can download small pieces of the file from thousands of hosts.

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