New Season of 'Orange Is the New Black' Stolen, Leaked Online

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Can't wait for the next season of Orange is the New Black? You might be in luck.

According to Variety, an anonymous hacker posted most of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black on file-sharing site The Pirate Bay after Netflix allegedly failed to pay a ransom. The hacker—who goes by the alias "thedarkoverlord"—published the first episode of season five on Friday before releasing nine more episodes over the weekend totaling 11.46GB, the report notes.

"It didn't have to be this way, Netflix," the hacker wrote in a message on Saturday, according to Variety. "You're going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was. We're quite ashamed to breathe the same air as you. We figured a pragmatic business such as yourselves would see and understand the benefits of cooperating with a reasonable and merciful entity like ourselves."

The streaming site plans to release season five of Orange Is the New Black on June 9, but that date may get pushed up now that most of the 13-episode season has been leaked online, Variety reported.

According to the report, thedarkoverlord also claims to have unreleased content from ABC, Fox, National Geographic, and IFC. The leak appears to have originated from a late 2016 breach of post-production studio Larson Studios.


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Netflix told PCMag said it's "aware of the situation."

"A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved," Netflix said.

Content licensing and funding original content is an expensive endeavor. Rival Hulu today, for example, announced a deal with NBCUniversal to bolster its upcoming live TV streaming service. When it launches this spring, the service will have more than 50 channels, including NBC, Telemundo, USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC, and NBCSN. Hulu has also inked deals with A+E Networks, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Turner Networks, and CBS Corporation for the service.

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