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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    bob, 11 May 2012 @ 10:17am

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

    If people choose the third option and do without-- something I do myself-- then HBO has only itself to blame. If there aren't any options available at the price you want to pay, tough.

    And insisting on buying HBO separately is another sophism. Many content systems are subscription-based and you must take the good with the bad. Magazines, newspapers, and cable. Even the book business has subscription services like the Book of the Month Club designed to give people bulk discounts.

    Just think of cable as a bulk discount.

    And I'm certain that everyone around here would be complaining and asking for a bulk discount if the cable businesses forced everything to be pay-per-view.

    So the fact remains: there is a nice legit option. If you don't like the $100+ cable bill, don't pay it and buy DVDs. That's what I do. That will send them a much better message than pirating.

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