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Floridians Illegally Download More Movies and TV Shows Than Almost Any Other State's Residents

Do you torrent, bro?

If you're reading this in Florida, there's a relatively good chance that you do. The real estate blog Movoto recently released a report on torrenting, or the practice of downloading, seeding, and sharing copyrighted material online, all across the country. And Florida ranked among the states where residents are torrenting the most.

The study, which collected data about the location of nearly 4 million seeding nodes (aka a computer that has downloaded a piece of content, from which other users can download it) for the top 300 most popular torrents in the country, found that Florida, Washington, Hawaii, and Vermont do the most content sharing in the country.

And while the rest of the country is busy downloading Game of Thrones, Floridians have more eclectic tastes in illegally acquired media. Turns out that the dark Showtime drama Penny Dreadful is the number one TV show in the Sunshine State when it comes to watching for free. Devious Maids, Californication, and yes, GoT, also made the top ten episodes in FL.

And the most downloaded movie? Cuban Fury, naturally.

Most other states were busy downloading Captain America. Typical.

At the Movoto blog, you can access an interactive map that shows how all the states rank against each other for downloads of specific titles. Other fun facts from that map:

  • Floridians have downloaded more episodes of Fargo than actual North Dakotans.
  • Washington state has just as much invested in Devious Maids as Florida; both states have the same rate of download (and it's the highest in the nation).
  • There may be plenty of UFC fans in Florida, but they're paying for the privilege to watch. Florida ranked in the middle of the pack for downloads of torrenting's most popular UFC fight.
  • Florida isn't even the biggest downloader of Cuban Fury; that questionable honor goes to Wyoming.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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