- Episodes of Survivor SA: Immunity Island is being pirated and illegally shared.
- "M-Net is aware of the illegal downloading and sharing of the series and strongly condemns it," said the broadcaster.
- Survivor SA: Immunity Island airs Thursdays at 19:30 on M-Net (DStv 101).
It took just two days after the broadcast of the first episode of the new 8th season of Survivor South Africa to become once again the country's most sought-after TV show as episodes are pirated and illegally shared online.
M-Net is warning people not to steal the content and that illegally uploading, downloading, sharing, and watching Survivor SA episodes anywhere in South Africa except through DStv damages the local South African TV and film industry.
It took less than 48 hours after the premiere episode on 3 June of Survivor SA: Immunity Island for a high-definition version ripped from M-Net (DStv 101), and a lower quality version ripped from Australian video streaming service 10play to appear online on 5 June.
Survivor SA: Immunity Island, produced by Afrokaans, has been torrented and directly downloaded thousands of times.
In online message boards – with some of the conversations that have been shut down and deleted – Survivor superfans from across the globe and South Africa ask where they can find and illegally download or get torrent links to ripped copies of Survivor SA: Immunity Island episodes.
The same happened with previous seasons of Survivor SA, of which illegal torrents and links to episodes can also still be found online, with the show that consistently ranks as the most sought-after South African television production that viewers globally want to see and follow.
The latest season of Survivor SA has been trending on social media for the past two Thursdays as a conversation topic, although it is shown on M-Net, one of MultiChoice's most exclusive TV channels that is only available to DStv Premium subscribers.
In response to a media enquiry, M-Net says that it maintains the same stance as per previous seasons and that ripping and illegally sharing episodes of Survivor SA is wrong and damaging to the TV industry.
"Survivor is a global phenomenon, and in recent years the South African version has gained vast popularity among fans abroad. M-Net is aware of the illegal downloading and sharing of the series and strongly condemns it," M-Net tells Channel24.
"Piracy negatively impacts the development of the local television and film industries and undermines the investment of broadcasters and sponsors. We encourage viewers to report illegal downloads or streaming to Bertha.Sekgothe@irdeto.com."