It’s well-documented that besides the obvious legality issues, piracy brings a whole host of risks to users, including infections from viruses and other malware, and that these lead to data breaches of everything from browsing activity to banking login details.
Torrentfreak reports that, in 2020, the three most pirated shows were Disney+’s The Mandalorian (Disney+ is not yet available in South Africa), Prime Video’s The Boys (currently available – read more here) and HBO’s Westworld (S1-3 are on Showmax – read more here).
To legally and safely see these and other shows that have been most widely pirated in South Africa, go to these streaming services:
All three seasons of HBO’s smash-hit sci-fi/fantasy drama are streaming on Showmax, so you can catch up from the very beginning.
The Boys on Prime Video
Both seasons of the highly rated fantasy series about superheroes using their powers for evil are on Prime Video.
Star Trek: Picard on Prime Video
The highly anticipated series following retired Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) was the fifth most pirated show in South Africa in 2020, the year the series launched.
Based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, this HBO miniseries was the eighth most pirated series in South Africa in the year 2020, and has been described as “Stephen King meets the X-Files”.
The Blacklist on Netflix and DStv
We just cannot get enough of James Spader as erudite criminal mastermind Red Reddington – and neither can audiences, it seems. With 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Blacklist isn’t going anywhere. Seasons 1 to 6 are available to stream on Netflix, with Season 7 now streaming on DStv.
The Big Bang Theory S1-11 on Netflix
Seasons 1 to 11 of this easy-viewing sitcom about a group of geeks and their experiments in love and relationships are on Netflix, for the ultimate comforting binge-watch session.
The latest season of this highly rated, widely loved cop comedy starring Andy Samberg as slacker/genius detective Jake Peralta is streaming on Showmax, along with Seasons 1-6.
Lucifer on Netflix
It’s become TV legend, the story of Netflix saving the cancelled FOX show and resurrecting it for a fourth season. That, and the way Tom Ellis, who plays the actual devil, got a brand-new, beefed-up physique for the latest outing. All five seasons are on Netflix.
It’s the post-apocalyptic zombie drama that changed how we look at horror forever, and it was the 7th most pirated show of 2020. S1-10 are on Showmax.
Season 6 of Vikings is first and only on Showmax. Picking up after the battle of brothers, the final season of Vikings is expected to be intensely emotional. Seasons 1 to 5 are on Netflix.
In this wacky animated Adult Swim series, mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his nerdy grandson Morty go on crazy adventures that cross time and space. All seasons are on Showmax, with prrevious seasons also available on Netflix.