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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    every_tomorrow, 11 May 2012 @ 12:13pm

    Re: Legitimate versions? Try getting a cable subscription!

    I don't have cable. I don't even want cable. Game of Thrones is the only thing on cable I'm currently interested in watching.

    My cable provider's cheapest package that you can get HBO with (they won't give you any premium channels if you have the VERY cheapest package) is $64/month. HD is $10 extra. HBO is another $20, so in order to watch Game of Thrones in HD I'd have to pay $94/month for cable and HBO.

    There is literally no way I can legally obtain access to the show without paying $94/month. Well, I guess I could watch it in standard def... for the low, low price of $84/month.

    Seriously I'd pay for this show on iTunes or Amazon or whatever if they'd let me, but they won't.

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