Pirates Love Game of Thrones

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Pirates Love Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones has become the most pirated TV show of the spring season.

According to numbers from TorrentFreak, the TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's tale of swords, sorcery and unmitigated bastardry, is really popular amongst viewers of the swashbuckling persuasion. Each episode of the show has been downloaded approximately 3,900,000 times during the season that ended on June 1st 2012, beating out How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, which had 2,830,000 and 2,750,000 per episode respectively. Keep in mind, these numbers only account for episodes downloaded via BitTorrent.

What's interesting is that pirates make up a far larger percentage of Game of Thrones' viewers than they do for its competitors, at least in the states. Many argue this is due to the fact that Game of Thrones is owned by HBO, a company oddly reluctant to take people's money. The show is notoriously difficult to view for those without cable. Even HBO's online streaming service, HBO Go, requires a subscription to HBO's cable service. Throw in the frequent airing delays - the show is particularly popular in Australia, where episodes are aired one week after their US counterparts - and it's easy to see why many viewers, international and otherwise, are turning to piracy for their Tyrion fix.

Currently, the show is on track to replace Showtime's Dexter as the most pirated TV-show of 2012.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Grey Carter:
Each episode of the show has been downloaded approximately 3,9000,000 times during the season that ended on June 1st 2012, beating out How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, which had 2,830,000 and 2,750,000 per episode respectively.

3,9000,000 times, eh? How would you put that number into words? (Yes, I realize it's a typo. Still.)

It's funny though, because I was considering watching GoT over the interwebs. My provider doesn't show it, and I keep getting told that I absolutely must watch it because otherwise life is not worth living.

But how many of these pirates will get their fingers cut off, and how many will wear them around their neck?

They paid the iron price

Monkeylord:
They paid the iron price

It really annoys me when people describe it as that, I feel that it glorifies what is a shameful & unethical action.

Then again, despite how awesome 'paying the iron price' sounds, it too is a shameful & unethical action, so I suppose the comparison is fairly accurate.

OT: I think we all knew most people were pirating this show, but it's nice to have some hard numbers. And though I am firmly against piracy, I have to admit, expecting people to pay for cable & a subscription to HBO so that they can watch this one show is ridiculous.

That's why I buy the series on DVD.

Captcha: that's enough

Even Captcha wants me to stop with my moralising. Fine, I'll shut up now.

Mr Thin:

Monkeylord:
They paid the iron price

That's why I buy the series on DVD.

Captcha: that's enough

Even Captcha wants me to stop with my moralising. Fine, I'll shut up now.

My friend was of a similar frame of mind. He loved the books and wanted to watch the show, but cant get cable, so he pirated the first season as they came out, then snatched up the box set as soon as it was released.

He even bought me a copy ^.^

SO really they got their money either way.

Captcha: Never give up.

My captcha likes me! Ha! /smug :P

I'm a huge of fan of GRRM, and A Song of Ice and Fire is by far my favorite book series of all time.

But do I want to pay for HBO? Nope. I pirated it...then bought the juicy Blu-Ray special case edition when it came out.

After all...A Lannister pays his debts.

I downloaded the 1st season before i realized since i had HBO i had HBO go so i could just watch the 1st season online derp lol

Piracy is a service problem. If HBO isn't willing to sell the product (without forcing you to subscribe to HBO) then it's gonna get pirated.

SHUT AND TAKE MY MONEY

If not, well, I tried. I'll watch it and you won't get my money.

I admit I'm one of those 3.9M, the show still isn't on here (I believe they will start showing S1 in the fall). And if I want any chance to watch it (semi-)un-spoilered I have to pirate. I did get the DVD-box when I came out and am planning on doing the same for S2, so I don't feel too bad about it.

I download it as Its not available without paying for Foxtel in Australia.
I very rarely watch TV, so I don't want to pay for just one show.
I did buy the Blu-Ray set of the first season and I plan to buy the second season as well ^_^

This is one case where the "provide a better service" strategy applies. HBO is behind the times. They have some of the best shows, but aren't so accessible. They could so easily fix this by tweaking their HBO Go service. Why is a cable/satellite subscription necessary for it? Make an option to subscribe directly to HBO Go or to use it through the existing cable/satellite subscription. Provide HD video with no commercial interruptions (they'll have ads on the site or the application anyway, right?) and make it compatible with mobile devices.

Maybe that sounds like I'm asking for a lot. Maybe I am. But that's how you "beat" piracy. These companies need to stop treating piracy like a crime to be stomped (whether it is or not) and start treating it like competition.

Well unless they stop screwing around with the plot, the problem will have resolved itself halfway through the third season.

The DVD didn't even come out until just recently, well after season 1 had ended. I'd say HBO shot itself in the foot by having next to NO online streaming. HBO needs to stop hoarding their shows and start airing episodes online in conjunction with the myriad of streaming websites. It's becoming increasingly hard to envision a world where people are chained to the schedules of a mere cable provider.

I've stuck with just reading the books. They're better anyway, and since I live in Australia it wouldn't be worth bothering to watch the show.

DVS BSTrD:
Well unless they stop screwing around with the plot, the problem will have resolved itself halfway through the third season.

I know, my wife how hasn't read the books was all excited about the end of season 2....I need to re-read the books, half of what's going on I can't recall having happened like that...and the ending seems....wrong

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Living in Australia makes it reasonably difficult to watch a lot of series without having pirated them first (unless you're in a pay-TV compatible area), having said that, I'll only download a series if I know I'll be purchasing the DVD/BluRays upon their release, which is exactly the case with 'Game of Thrones'.

I would GLADLY pay to see Game of Thrones, but that being said I have NO WHERE to pay to see it?!?!!

I mean how stupid is that!!! I WANT TO PAY for it but they WONT LET ME PAY FOR IT. Meaning I have NO way to see it at all unless I pirate it. Go figure then why it is so pirated!

I'm willing to bet that 95 percent of the people pirating it have no way to see it unless they pirate it, just as it is in my case.

I'm sure the bluray and dvd sales will be really good though of Game of Thrones :)

In general I am quite against pirating stuff. I think if you want to see/play something you should buy it or simply not see/play it at all. But that situation presumes you have the CHOICE to pay for it! If a company is unable to provide it that you can even pay for it then it doesn't even give you the choice of ever paying for it. Meaning you only can play/use a service/watch a show etc... if you pirate it.

Just like Gabe Newell has stated repeatedly; piracy is not the consumer trying to get out of paying for a product or service, it is the inability of the company to provide the service/product correctly to the consumer. Gabe Newell also said the only way to avoid your products and services being pirated is by providing the quality and features of your service or product that the consumers want at the price they want to pay for it.

Piracy is such a complex thing to and far too many companies do not fully understand it, one of the few that has it nailed is Gabe Newell.

Don't you have to pay for cable? In which case I'm pretty sure the point isn't for them to make it freely available to everyone else too.

On another note, the Big Bang Theory is fun to watch but people seriously go to the effort to pirate it? What's the point?

BrotherRool:
Don't you have to pay for cable? In which case I'm pretty sure the point isn't for them to make it freely available to everyone else too.

On another note, the Big Bang Theory is fun to watch but people seriously go to the effort to pirate it? What's the point?

I am sure there are many people who "pirate" a show just to get it in a convenient commercial-free format. Naturally, the commercial-free bit doesn't apply to shows like Dexter or Game of Thrones, but the convenience still does.

I feel like the only one that despises the show. To me it's nothing more than gratuitous sex and shallow pretense to "adult." It's what a brooding sixteen-year-old would write if you asked them to come up with a mature show.

I'm one of the swashbucklers, I'm afraid. I do get cable, but to get that show it would cost me *another* $90, in addition to the $50 I already pay for cable. Upgrade to digital tier, rent box allowing me to get digital tier, pay for HBO addon-- $90. Grand total, $140. For *one show*. I'd have to be out of my gourd, or impressively wealthy, to do that.

I gladly buy the DVD sets so my husband can watch the show too (kind of hard when I watch in crap quality on a laptop), but I'm not paying another $90/mo for it. As it is, the cable company gags my download speed, so it takes about 4 hours to download, assuming the file doesn't get corrupted somewhere in between. They should be happy I'm that interested, and not treating it like I did Doctor Who and just give up when it jumped to a digital-only channel.

Really? No one? Alright, I'll do it :D

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones

I might have to do that, I don't really have the choice of watching T.V when I want to and the Episodes arnt on a "catch up" service here.

evilneko:

BrotherRool:
Don't you have to pay for cable? In which case I'm pretty sure the point isn't for them to make it freely available to everyone else too.

On another note, the Big Bang Theory is fun to watch but people seriously go to the effort to pirate it? What's the point?

I am sure there are many people who "pirate" a show just to get it in a convenient commercial-free format. Naturally, the commercial-free bit doesn't apply to shows like Dexter or Game of Thrones, but the convenience still does.

That's still pirating because the point of advertising is you're basically paying for the show by consenting to watch the adverts.
If it's the 'whats the point thing' that's a jab at the Big Bang Theory

My jibe at the Big Bang Theory is that I don't feel it's good enough to watch if it's not just on TV anyway :D

On behalf of the rest of Australia, I'd like to take the time to apologize for my criminal brethren, who seem to forget that

it's not 1788, we can't just take what we want when we want it, AND LEARN TO TELL THE COMPANIES WHY YOU'RE PISSED OFF WITH THEM, RATHER THAN JUST DOWNLOADING IT, YOU IDIOTS.

Oh boy that felt good.

Anyway, the books are better.

In Britain, the only legal way I can watch Game of Thrones is via Sky broadcasting. I refuse to subscribe to anything owned by Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation (effectively, in any case), thus piracy is my only option to watch the show I want to watch above all others.

Puzzlenaut:
In Britain, the only legal way I can watch Game of Thrones is via Sky broadcasting. I refuse to subscribe to anything owned by Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation (effectively, in any case), thus piracy is my only option to watch the show I want to watch above all others.

"I don't like the legal method of obtaining things for arbitrary reasons, therefore copyright violation is absolutely fine".

Yeah that doesn't sound so good when you rephrase it, does it?

ResonanceSD:
On behalf of the rest of Australia, I'd like to take the time to apologize for my criminal brethren, who seem to forget that

it's not 1788, we can't just take what we want when we want it, AND LEARN TO TELL THE COMPANIES WHY YOU'RE PISSED OFF WITH THEM, RATHER THAN JUST DOWNLOADING IT, YOU IDIOTS.

Oh boy that felt good.

Anyway, the books are better.

They know why we take issue, that's why the delay is only a week rather than a few months like it used to be. Another example of piracy forcing beneficial change.

I didn't even know you could watch GoT down here in Australia without having to pirate it...

ResonanceSD:

Puzzlenaut:
In Britain, the only legal way I can watch Game of Thrones is via Sky broadcasting. I refuse to subscribe to anything owned by Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation (effectively, in any case), thus piracy is my only option to watch the show I want to watch above all others.

"I don't like the legal method of obtaining things for arbitrary reasons, therefore copyright violation is absolutely fine".

Yeah that doesn't sound so good when you rephrase it, does it?

Nope, that sounds absolutely fine to me.

Not giving some much as a penny to the Murdochs is genuinely a moral issue for me, and therefore copyright violation is acceptable in light of the fact that there are no other channels by which I can access the show legally at all, thus piracy is my only option.

Of course, I could just not watch the show at all, but I love the books and hold copyright laws in contempt anyway.

GoT episodes air in France right after they do in the U.S. But get this: they only air on a channel which is exclusive to an INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER's (namely Orange) TV + internet package. This means that if you want to watch GoT on TV without waiting for the DVD/Blu-Ray release, you have to have Orange (who is notoriously more expensive than the competition) as your ISP, and even then, your area has to be equipped to deliver enough bandwidth to be eligible for the TV option (my parents, who live in an affluent suburb, can't have it because the conservative mayor won't shell out the cash for better infrastructure).

As a result, everyone I know who watches GoT pirates it, and most of them buy the DVDs when they're released afterwards.

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