HBO Has Only Itself To Blame For Record ‘Game Of Thrones’ Piracy – Forbes
Andy Greenberg has some troubling numbers on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Turns out the show is not only really popular with HBO subscribers, it’s also really popular with pirates who are well on their way to making this the most-pirated show ever.
According to Greenberg, “the second season of the show has been downloaded more than 25 million times from public torrent trackers since it began in early April, and its piracy hit a new peak following April 30th’s episode, with more than 2.5 million downloads in a day.”
Meanwhile, season one of the show was the second-most-pirated season of all time, right behind the sixth season of Dexter.Now, it’s important to note the reason for all this piracy: lack of access to the show for people who can’t afford, or choose not to purchase, a cable-TV subscription.
“HBO hasn’t helped the problem by making the show tough to watch online for the young and cable-less,” notes Greenberg. “The show isn’t available through Hulu or Netflix, iTunes offers only Season 1, and using HBO’s own streaming site HBO Go requires a cable subscription.”
For the millions of Americans who don’t subscribe to HBO, or who may not even watch shows on a television, this means there is no legal way to watch Game of Thrones. If you only watch TV on your laptop, there’s no way you’re going to pay $50/month for cable and another $15/month for HBO.
Strange Random Piracy Quote:
- HBO CEO: “…an internet-based model [for TV] is just a fad” (forbes.com)
- ‘Game of Thrones’ is ‘most-pirated show of 2012’ (digitalspy.co.uk)
- Help! I’m Being Forced To Pirate Game Of Thrones Against My Will! (pandodaily.com)
- Why HBO’s president panned Internet streaming (and Forbes’ linkbait) (dcurt.is)
- Game of Thrones Artwork (eoghann.com)
- Piracy as service problem: The Game of Thrones (teleread.com)
- HBO Go and MAX Go now available for Android (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Game of Thrones Renewed for Season 3 (tv.com)