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 @ 10:45am

    Re: STOP JUSTIFYING pirates.

    "IF you don't like this model,wait for the DVD/Bluray release or DON"T WATCH THE SHOW.PERIOD. Don't justify your piracy actions."

    I'd rather wait for an upstart company to make and improve a NEW business model, which caters to ALL consumers, including those brushed aside by the old stagnate ways

    Would a company, catering to the needs and wants of a market, which happens to be in direct competition to a long standing and well established media corporation/s, ever be allowed to flourish, i dont know, why dont you ask Mr Dotcom, and the very early stages of his attempt

    Theres is a market, if they choose to ignore it, then they deserve to loose profit, if they continue to abuse their established influence in the market to block other companies who want to cater to that market, a market, artificially created by these established media companies

    And its not all about piracy, cheaper second hand products for will do just as well

    "Thats business" is not gonna cut it, when that "business" is actively blocked from evolving

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