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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  1. identicon
    Cthulku, 12 May 2012 @ 9:00am

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

    When I buy a box of cookies, it is usually not filled with 99% of indedible trash and one tasty cookie. If I'm paying for cookies, I want all of them to be tasty, thank you very much.

    The road model doesn't really hold up either, since it's a government service that everybody HAS to pay for. Period. Just to remind you, we're talking about a luxury service provider that is using an antiquated distribution model and would rather try to legislate stasis than adapt. Kind of (but not exactly) like the movie studios that didn't adopt sound.

    Going back to your car analogy, it's not a matter of wanting to pay a Chev price for a BMW; it's a matter of having to also buy a Chev, Ford, Smart, VW, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes and Audi to be able to get the BMW. Hence why physical product analogies don't work well with describing electronic media distribution/sales models.

    Maga-what? Who on earth still reads physical magazines? It's been easily 15-20 years since I've read a magazine, much less had a subscription. I was 13 when I figured out that they were little more than targeted marketing systems, with only just barely enough content to make it so that gullible people would pay for them. This is an honest question to the thread at large: does anyone actually think that print magazines are at all relevant?

    And, please pardon the poor thread etiquette, to comment on your post in #109: I never published any of those. They are private documents and are not intended for public view. HBO's reason for existing is to publish media. Again, perhaps you might want to re-think your analogies. I have no interest in an HBO exec's diaries or tax forms.

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