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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    PaulT (profile), 11 May 2012 @ 8:11am

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

    "1) HBO is essentially everywhere, even where there's no cable. I forgot about DirectTV. So no one in North America has an excuse to pirate it because they can't buy a legit copy."

    Is that available on its own? Because that still doesn't solve the problem if the customer still has to buy hundreds of dollars of unwanted crap. It *might* increase the number of people serviced by an insanely expensive option, but it doesn't address any other problem.

    Plus, you always forget the 3rd option - do without. If piracy suddenly disappeared and the choices were not to watch HBO content and pay $100/month to watch it, most would choose the latter. I fail to see how this helps HBO. The "waaah! piracy!" excuses would disappear, but HBO would be making less money.

    "So this gives them the right to take it? "

    Why are you morons incapable of understanding there's a difference between "this is reality, piracy is happening and this is why" and "I support everything that every pirate does".

    Perhaps you would understand people better if you weren't putting words into their mouths and attacking them for things they've never said. Oh, and stop with the physical analogies. You people are horrible at them.

    "I love your morals."

    You would if you bothered to read what they actually were.

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