‘Smurfs 2’ Emerges On Torrent Sites As First Pirated UHD Blu-ray Movie

Sony Pictures may be feeling a little blue about UHD Blu-ray. The Smurfs 2 just emerged on a torrent site and could have the distinction of being the first pirated UHD Blu-ray film (without the use of screen capturing tools). The Smurfs 2 was uploaded to private torrent trackers UltraHDclub and IPT. The film is tagged “The Smurfs 2 (2013) 2160p UHD Blu-ray HEVC Atmos 7.1-THRONE” and UltraHDclub boasted that it had the “First Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc in the NET!”

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Pirated ultra-high-definition content is often difficult to find on the internet due to their large file sizes and protection via AACS 2.0 encryption. The film’s tag suggests that someone has broken the AACS 2.0 encryption, however, this claim remains unverified.

Besides the fact that it is illegal to download pirated material, there appears to be other downsides to the pirated edition of The Smurfs 2. The file size is quite massive for a film at 53.30 GB. According to several sources, the audio does seem to sync, however, the Maximum Content Light Level, Maximum Frame-Average Light Level, and overall colors appear to be off. Hundreds of people have nevertheless downloaded the film and congratulated the uploader on “making history”. 
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Pirating has become a more sophisticated crime lately. Many torrent portals now require that pirated films be uploaded as .MKV’s instead of .MP4’s. The rule changes were initially for “scene groups” or privacy communities that only share content between themselves and not with the public. Many pirates, however, complained that this change would trickle down to the community at large.

Torrent Times also released a plug-in that allow visitors to the site The Pirate Bay to directly stream content from their web browser. In the past, users would need to download the content with a torrent client. Windows and OS X are currently supported along with major web browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Hollywood and related communities such as the Netherlands-based anti-piracy group BREIN, complained that Torrent Times caused "extensive damage to rights holders."