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
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    PaulT (profile), 11 May 2012 @ 11:21pm

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

    "Just think of cable as a bulk discount."

    You seem to be missing the point. Yes, it's a discount package, but it's a discount on useless crap. There's no real reason why it's neecessary, apart from the fact that HBO have chosen that distribution system (itself something people are already abandoning). HBO is offered as a premium over and above that package. It doesn't matter whether the package is $100 or $10, whether it's a 50% or 70% discount, it's still more than people want to buy. So they don't.

    "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. "

    Stop living in a binary world. Reality has shades of grey. "All or nothing" are not the only 2 choices.

    "That will send them a much better message than pirating."

    I agree. However, I cannot force human nature to cease, and neither can HBO. Piracy will always exist, you just have to convince more people to part with money. People are here telling you exactly how they're willing to do that, yet you mock them and tell them to waste an extra $100/month so they can watch a single show. Either that, or wait a year to be offered the chance to buy the show, long after everything's been spoiled for them in every online discussion about the show, or after its faded into irrelevance for them.

    Hopefully, you'll realise how silly this is. You might even recognise these arguments for what they are, instead of launching the usual parade of false accusations against anyone who dares question the validity of the current status quo.

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