Game Of Thrones On Track To Be Most Pirated Show Of 2012; Pirates Still Asking HBO For Legitimate Options

from the blame-matthew-inman? dept

Much like the North, Game of Thrones cannot be held—it's too big and too wild. Matthew Inman warned HBO that they should make their content more accessible or risk driving people to piracy, but that isn't really HBO's style. Now jilocasin points us to the news that Game of Thrones is well on track to be the most torrented show of 2012, and nobody can deny that HBO's foolish subscriber-only distribution is a primary reason for that. Approximately 25-million times have people decided to pay the iron price for the show, and as the comments on Reddit attest, it's often because the gold price wasn't even an option. Others pay for the show but still pirate for the sake of occasional convenience:

Sometimes I just want to fire up an episode and watch it on my laptop immediately and with mobility as I'm wandering around the house, and not worry about streaming/quality issues or finding a disk, setting up the DVD player etc. I am truly lazy.

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones continues to have great ratings. And the torrent piracy count doesn't include streams, which are also hugely popular, so it only represents a fraction of the pirate world. Why not create new ways to legitimize some of those viewers, especially considering so many of them have said they want to be legitimized? I still contend that HBO-style shows owe a lot to piracy for their cultural dominance, because, if they were actually as exclusive as HBO wants to pretend they are, they would have had a much harder time gathering fans. But HBO co-president Eric Kessler thinks cord-cutting is a fad, so like most characters in the show, he's fighting silly battles while ignoring what's really going on.

Filed Under: eric kessler, game of thrones, piracy, television, torrent
Companies: hbo

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2012 @ 9:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Legitimate versions? Try getting a cable subscription!

    "So this gives them the right to take it? I want to pay for a BMW, but I want it at a Chevy price. What? BMW won't give it to me for that price? I'm just going to take it. I love your morals."

    Chevy prices to be found?
    BMW cost?
    1 million
    Who can afford it?
    A certain type of people
    Quick buck or million......per transaction.....maximum gain
    Will i support this business mentality as an AVERAGE consumer?
    FUCK NO, you puppet, Id rather buy second hand, thankyou fucking much,

    and if anyone here is drinking thE "koolaid" my delusional corporate "friend", that'll be the one preaching the words of a system set up to butt rape the AVERAGE consumer, all the while saying

    please sir, can i have some more

    You cant apply the "koolaid" defence on those with an independant thought, which happens to be the same independant thoughts going through other independant thinking peoples

    Implying that we are influenced by an organisation such as google for instance would be in your part either ignorant, a lie, or just your pathetic attempt at propaganda

    Bob, you are either well off, or you do not consume nearly enough media to realise the amount of money it would take to view ALL media available around the world

    Corporations would have an interest in limiting said media in order to maximise profit, in the internet age, thats fucking redundant

    Whats that bob?.....enti......enti....entitlement, you say

    Its called progress, the same kind of progress that allowed hollywood to set up shop all those years ago, away from those looking to cash in on other peoples sucess, or be crushed under the pressure by the status quo

    Seems history is repeating its self, and in this case, your role at the moment is to stifle hollywods sucess

    You know what ignore everything ive just said, this next bit feels alot more satisfying


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