US broadcaster Fox has started leaving a gap of eight days between the terrestrial transmission of new shows, and making them available on digital subscription service Hulu. It’s part of the ongoing wrangle around the traditional windows for the TV industry, as broadcasters worry that services like Hulu aren’t making them enough money to justify cannibalising other revenues. Sound familiar? Anyway, TorrentFreak did some research, and claims that Fox’s move may be spurring piracy of new shows including Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef. It claims that in the first five days after their terrestrial airing, the latest episode of Hell’s Kitchen saw downloads 114% higher on BitTorrent than previous episodes, while MasterChef’s illegal downloads spiked by 189%.

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