Pirates step up when market fails to provide way to watch 'The Hateful Eight' in 4K
A pirated 4K copy Tarantino's epic 'The Hateful Eight' has started to be distributed online, despite a legal 4K copy not yet available, in the U.S. at least.
The 40GB+ file is mostly still available only on private trackers at the moment, but its original source could point to a breakthrough in decryption.
According to the information released with the pirated movie, the original source of the 4K transfer appears to be from the legal Russian VOD service, Okko.
Okka, like most legal VOD services, adhere to Hollywood's stringent requirements for copy protection, using the highly secure Digital Cinema Package (DCP). The info file for the pirated videos suggests the source was from a file called DCP.mxf - MXF (Material Exchange Format) files are indeed used in DCP.
No crack has ever been announced for files packaged this way, which would make the 'Hateful Eight' rip the first of its kind. It could also be the case that the people behind the release are intentionally misleading downloaders as to the real source of their file, in order to protect their source.
What is also interesting, and perhaps equally frustrating, is that no legal option to watch the epic film in 4K, originally shot in Ultra Panavision 70 and in 4K, is available in the U.S. and most other regions. This then may be a case of pirates stepping up to serve an under-served market.