Sky TV Aims To Block The Pirate Bay In New Zealand; Alternatives For Kiwis

Yves Amodia
8:15 PM

New Zealand could join the list of countries where users cannot access popular torrent site The Pirate Bay. This was after Sky TV expressed a desire to file a case against the website so that Internet users will not be able to surf it.

Sky TV urges telcos to block Pirate Bay

Sky TV will file a case this year to force local Internet service providers to ban access to The Pirate Bay, according to Torrent Freak. This was after distributors have become increasingly alarmed with the rising incidences of online piracy. As of right now, the association sees ISP blocking mechanisms as the most effective way to rein online piracy in New Zealand.

The popular torrent website is not the only platform that is subject to the action from the distributors’ association. A still-unnamed sports streaming website is also part of the case that the association will file.

Sky TV is an association of film distributors of Hollywood films with headquarters in New Zealand. The company is taking on the piracy problem due to the increased number of downloads on these piracy sites. A recent survey found out that as much as 29 percent of Internet users have downloaded or streamed pirated content. It also looks like the preference for these content has risen.

One of the reasons why the distributors’ association is acting now is due to the fact that they have begun realizing the impact of piracy on the sports and entertainment industries. It can even affect the quality of content that is produced by media companies and networks.

If the association is successful in convincing the court, New Zealand could be the 43rd country in the world to have site-blocking for piracy platforms. It is done in Australia and the United Kingdom as well, according to Tech Worm.

Alternatives to TPB

Thankfully, there are a lot of other websites that torrent users can still utilize. These are five of the best ones.


1337x has a simple but sophisticated look. It plays host to a wide variety of files that you can download on a torrent client software. It also gives you an option to stream the torrents via a service named FastPlayz.


The current YIFY website (now called is no longer run by the original YIFY admins. But its successor does continue its tradition of offering high-quality videos even at a small file.

Dirty Torrents

Dirty Torrents may not be an actual torrent file. But it does provide trusted links to other websites, serving as a meta-search engine for torrents.


If there is one thing that sets ExtraTorrent apart from other torrent sites, it is the active community on the platform. While the original platform is no longer working, the torrent files on the new one have fantastic quality.

Lime Torrents

Of the items on this list, Lime Torrents has one of the better multimedia libraries. If you are looking for games, TV shows, and movies, Lime Torrents may be perfect for you. It has a distinctive and user-friendly interface, with fewer ads than other options.

Do you think Sky TV will succeed in the blocking of The Pirate Bay? Do you have any alternative torrent sites for New Zealand users? Share your thoughts in the comments section underneath.

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