Netflix and Amazon have been offering 4K streaming for a while now and despite their efforts to encode the content so that it can’t be grabbed by pirates, Netflix Original shows have appeared on torrent sites.
While many users struggle to support the massive bandwidth hog that is 4K streaming pirates have been working to flout the protection used by Netflix and Amazon to bring the higher resolution content to torrent sites.
The encryption both these companies use is High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection 2.2 (HDCP 2.2) which prevents content from being grabbed as it makes its way over HDMI, Display Port or DVI connections.
This makes it all the more strange that TorrentFreak has reported that episodes of Netflix Original show, Jessica Jones and Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle have appeared on an undisclosed torrent site boasting file sizes starting at 11.89GB.
According to TorrentFreak the media info for these torrents shows that the resolution is listed as 4K with a bitrate of 32.5Mbps which means that it is most likely legitimate though picture quality may not be reflective of this. The reason for this is that, according to TorrentFreak, the content Netflix was streaming was perhaps not all that great in terms of quality.
The source of this content leak has been speculated to be the Amazon Fire TV or the Roku 4K which was released around the time that the first 4K torrents started appearing. That said there may very well be a simpler exploit being used by pirates.
That said, the protection used in the Roku 4K and Amazon Fire TV – older HDCP 1.4b – could have unwittingly given pirates the means to rip 4K content despite the protection HDCP 2.2 offers.[Image CC by 2.0 – Darkhorse Winterwolf]