Another premium cable network has joined HBO in becoming the victim of online leaks of its programming. Deadline reports that Starz is vowing to take legal action after its biggest show, “Power,” was leaked.
In a statement released Wednesday, Starz said: “The final three episodes of ‘Power’s’ fourth season were leaked online due to a breach of the press screening room. This seems to be a case of password sharing that resulted in homemade videos of the episodes which were taped off a TV screen and posted online.”
The statement adds: “Starz has begun forensic investigations and will take legal action against the responsible parties.”
The leak appears to be relatively low-grade. TorrentFreak reported that the leaker recorded the shows playing on an iPhone — a white one with a broken screen — and the recordings include comments by the man, who explains how he gained access to the material via a log-in.
“The log-in referenced by the leaker appears to unlock press access to unreleased content on mediaroom.starz.com,” TorrentFreak reports. “That page has been taken down since, quite possibly due to the leak.”
The report also notes that the “cammer” appears to have made himself fairly easy to find. He managed to record his own face for several seconds, the report notes, and the content appears to have first surfaced on his Facebook page.
“While there’s clearly no criminal mastermind behind these leaks, dumping unreleased TV shows online can result in a hefty jail sentence, no matter how poorly it’s done,” TorrentFreak notes. “The gentleman involved should hope that Starz and the FBI are prepared to see the funny side.”