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 @ 11:29am

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

    "So it's overpriced. That's their choice. If they don't want to change, it's their tough luck, right?"

    Yeah, that's the gist of what the article said. Coupled with some frustration that they were letting that happen.

    "The problem is that it's almost certainly not costing them money. They know what the market will bear and they spend plenty of time watching how often that people cancel their subscriptions to cable. They know when it's too much."

    This is as obviously false as it is ludicrous.

    "And while it might be too much for you, most of America thinks differently."

    Ad hom aside it's evident from the rampant infringement that many of their fans do not, in fact, think differently.

    You live in some fairy land where whatever price it is is obviously the best price because that's what the price is. It's circular logic that completely ignores the very real possibility, in light of the evidence on hand near absolute certainty in fact, that the price was set poorly to begin with.

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