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


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 May 2012 @ 8:13am

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

    You do know it wasn't Mike who wrote the article right?

    Regarding "legitimate versions", again, you ignore that people DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR THINGS THEY DON'T WANT/NEED. A cable/satellite subscription to just watch one show is most definitely not the answer. They want just one show. Offer it in other legitimate ways is what they're saying. Ala iTunes, ala Netflix, ala a Pay Per Download directly from HBO. Something. Anything but "pay for a whole lotta other stuff that you won't actually watch".

    And please, stop with bad analogies. What does not wanting to marry a girl have to do with wanting to pay for ONE show only? And sorry, but the Porsche analogy is even worse. Why? Because you can get a Porsche for the price of a Chevy. Locally, about a month back, there was some severe thunderstorms with hail. Guess what? You could buy any BMW from the dealership for under $4,000. Were they all damaged? Nope. Some had like a minor dent/ding here or there. Some were beyond worth paying even that much for. A smart consumer shops around. In every industry but the entertainment one can you find what you want at a price that is reasonable and in multiple offerings. EVERY SINGLE OTHER INDUSTRY.

    Get some brains, dude. FYI, morals are very subjective. He probably has better morals than you do. That much is evident to me by his not showing up on a high horse like someone...

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: I Invented Email
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.