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The movie The Fate of the Furious was released on Friday, April 14 and it broke opening weekend records at $532 million worldwide. This is great news for NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast. Unfortunately, it may have also broken records for illegal live streams of a movie during opening weekend.
VFT Solutions tracked a sample of illegal or nano-pirate streams on sites like Periscope, Facebook Live and YouTube Live, and found more than 13 million views between 12 pm EST on Saturday, April 15 and 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 16. During this period there were at least 24 illegal live streams to millions, including a YouTube Live stream that lasted at least 12 hours and was watched by 1.6 million people. Pirate streams of the movie broadcast via social media originated across the globe, spanning Russia, India, the Philippines, Japan, United Arab Emirates, North America, Europe and Australia.
VFT's CEO Wayne Lonstein stated, "Considering VFT samples on a limited number of nano-pirate streams, the actual number of views of the movie on live streams and replay of live streams is undoubtedly far more than the 13 million reported. This unfortunate milestone is the largest single nano-piracy event we have detected and is an ominous indicator of what the future holds. This is no surprise since our technology recently eclipsed 1.75 billion identified viewers of live and replayed nano-pirate streams."
There is no denying that illegal live-streaming is an increasing problem for filmmakers, and now for theater chains as live-streaming of movies spreads during the theater window. Massive live-streaming of successful movies like Fate of the Furious only highlights the magnitude of the problem.