Movie pirates were welcomed with a few surprise gifts before and after Christmas when four new DVD Screeners leaked online. The movies were posted by infamous release group Hive-CM8, who state that they’re predominantly aiming the releases at those too ill to make it to the movie theater or unable to see them locally.
Every year movie studios send out tens of thousands of DVD and Blu-ray discs to awards voters. Although it’s much cheaper and safer to use digital screeners which can only be watched online, the studios keep the physical discs in rotation fearing that voters won’t watch them otherwise. By doing so, they also keep screener piracy alive.