HD torrents on BitTorrent update

HD torrents on BitTorrent update
Back in January, I took a look at some new hd torrents appearing on ThePirateBay. These hd torrents in particular were ripped from HD DVD movies via a (then) recently released, open source tool named BackupHDDVD, which can circumvent AACS protection. Since that time, many new tools have been released, which can also rip and backup HD DVD and even Blu-ray discs. The most popular of those tools being AnyDVD HD and DVD Fab HD Decrypter. So, now that all of these new tools are available, how many hd torrents will there be floating around on the BitTorrent trackers? My guess is a LOT more, but let’s take a look.

HD Torrents on ThePirateBay.org

I did a quick search for “Blu-ray” on ThePirateBay.org (one of the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker websites) and it resulted in 34 hits within the video category. I took a quick screenshot of some of the results and edited the image to remove whitespace and undesired columns.


That’s quite a lot of ripped Blu-ray movie torrents. A search for “HD DVD” in the video category produced even more hits, resulting in 141 torrents! Don’t be fooled by the label @CHINA HDTV appearing on all of the torrents. These are mostly English Blu-ray videos, but they were added by the PirateBay user named “CHINA HDTV”. Apparently he labels his torrents with his username. A search for Blu-ray titles on TorrentSpy.com came up empty, but a search for HD DVD turned up approximately 10 HD DVD rips. Looking at the TorrentSpy results, it is clear that the PirateBay has a much larger selection of hd torrents.

The future of hd torrents

Will these Blu-ray and HD DVD torrents continue to grow in numbers? Definitely. As more and more consumers acquire Blu-ray and HD DVD optical drives, more and more Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD titles will be ripped and then shared as hd torrents on the net. But just because these hd torrents are available, it doesn’t mean that most pirates will actually care about them.

Keep in mind that this is just a quick snapshot of the current available hd torrents listed on a couple of the public torrent trackers. There are other elite, non-public communities such as HDBits.org that specialize in high definition content that will most certainly contain very large listings of hd torrents.

Backup HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs Easier!

If you would like an easier method for ripping, copying or backing up HD DVD or Blu-ray Discs, you can use AnyDVD HD. AnyDVD HD allows you to copy HD video files off of your discs using Windows Explorer and has an easy to use interface with no command line complications. You can download a free 30 day trial of AnyDVD HD from here.

About Wes Novack

Wes is a Technologist working in the software industry, with extensive experience building and managing highly available applications, services, and systems in the public cloud. He has extensive experience with online publishing and building internet communities. Wes enjoys hanging with his family, getting outdoors, skateboarding, hiking, pickelball, tennis, the vegan lifestyle, and a good cup of tea. You can find him on X (formerly Twitter) @WesleyTech.

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