A small percentage of pirate websites continued to use torrent technologies, but their numbers decreased every year. However, 2018 became the year this technology began to fade away. Currently, 80% of pirated films are watched online, while for TV series this figure reaches almost 90%. For now, torrents continue to be used to share pirated copies of software and video games.
Much of the pirate underground has adopted advanced technologies of content distribution—pirate CDNs (Content Distribution Networks). CDNs store hundreds of thousands of files containing films and TV series, and offer a technical service that allows to automatically place this content on pirate websites. Some of these technical CDN providers also offer web modules that autofill sites with film posters and descriptions, and in some cases even supply unique reviews.
This technological breakthrough has given pirates dozens of times more opportunities for business and, consequently, as many more opportunities to make money. Nobody considers their domain or platform to be invaluable anymore, and the possibility of them being blocked is no real threat. Pirates register dozens of domain names, content on these websites is filled automatically, and if the website is blocked, its search ratings are "transferred" to a new website. This allows pirates to retain top positions in search engine results even if the original resource is blocked, which is not prohibited by the law.