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
    bob, 11 May 2012 @ 10:30am

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

    I'll tell you what's being taken. You can continue with this sophistry while patting yourself on the back and telling yourself that you're not taking anything, you're not depriving anyone of anything.

    But you are. You're depriving the world of fairness and economic justice. The people who buy legit subscriptions need to pay more because the company can't recoup their costs from the freeloaders.

    In many cases, the people who get stuck with the extra costs are the ones who aren't so smart. Maybe they're older. Maybe their daddy didn't buy them a big fat Internet pipe. Maybe they're just not so good with computers.

    You're basically saying, "Tough nuts, morons. I'm smart and I can use torrents to not pay. My daddy got me a fat pipe and not you. I'm just going to be laughing at you suckers while I download and refuse to pay for the slice of the pie I'm eating."

    In essence, you're picking the pockets of the retired folks who can't work a torrent system. You're forcing the undereducated folks to pay more just to feed your habit. You're sticking it to the poor who can't afford the extra $40 for the fat Internet pipe.

    Face it bub: you're taking fairness and economic justice from the world.

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