Online piracy has struck again and this time it hit Showtime’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-award winning drama, Homeland. The season three premiere of the show was leaked online nearly a month before its scheduled air date, September 29th.
The episode “Tin Man Down”, which is reported to lack opening credits and some visual effects and needs a few lines of dialogue re-recorded, is believed to be a workprint rather than a press screener. This means the video’s leak source is most likely connected to a post-production studio. Even without the finishing touches, the episode has been downloaded over 100,000 times on BitTorrrent, according to Deadline.
The popularity of Homeland’s leaked season three premiere should come as no surprise. TorrentFreak reports that the show was one of the most pirated TV series in 2012. In many ways the leak is a setback for file-sharing service BitTorrent, who has been making an effort to distance itself from the piracy world.
Showtime is believed to be working to combat the leak, though no official response from the network has been reported.
Check out the trailer for season three
Season three of Homeland will premiere on September 29 on Showtime.