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Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season 312

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TheGift73 sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak: "With nearly 4 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show of the season. Worldwide hype combined with restricted availability are the key ingredients for the staggering number of unauthorized downloads. How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory complete the top three, albeit with significantly fewer downloads than the chart topper. ... While there are many reasons for people to download TV-shows through BitTorrent, airing delays and HBO's choice not to make it widely available online are two of the top reasons."
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Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season

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  • In other news (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 08, 2012 @03:53PM (#40262325)

    Game of Thrones, one of the best selling TV shows on blu-ray.

  • Big shock... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki&gmail,com> on Friday June 08, 2012 @03:53PM (#40262331) Homepage

    The oatmeal covers this pretty well. [theoatmeal.com] When people complain and are waving money at you and you don't want to take it, you have no one to blame but yourself.

    • Re:Big shock... (Score:5, Informative)

      by Karzz1 (306015) on Friday June 08, 2012 @03:59PM (#40262415) Homepage
      People are willing to pay HBO the normal cost of HBO ($10-15/month) for the ability to stream HBO.. HBO is not interested [takemymoneyhbo.com].

      *sigh*
      • by Ironchew (1069966)

        I'll remember that the next time somebody says to "vote with your dollars".

        Newsflash: Content providers do whatever the hell they want. The only way to push back is to repeal the obscene legislation that brands copyright infringers as criminals.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by ScentCone (795499)

          The only way to push back is to repeal the obscene legislation that brands copyright infringers as criminals

          No, you simply walk away from content creators whose practices you dislike. The people who make Game Of Thrones weren't forced to go work with HBO. It's a choice. You don't like HBO's approach to running a viable, non-bankrupt production and distribution company, which means you don't like the creative people who - with endless choices before them - choose specifically to work with HBO and within their boundaries. Why would you want to consume the creative work of people who make what you consider to be ob

      • HBO gets money from the cable companies + your subscription. It's no mystery why they don't want to offer a standalone service for merely the subscription price of cable users.

    • I think the bigger news, not covered by TFA, is that more people are actually pirating it than are watching it "legally." [gizmodo.com] That is a bit of a surprise to me.

      I'm going to be generous and guess that that means about the same number of people would be interested in watching it, but don't want to pirate AND don't have HBO, so it's possible that HBO is only getting about a third of the eyeballs it could.
    • This is easy. make the fucking thing available for download every week. (I"m assuming it isn't). Charge $5.99 an ep, or offer a subscription for a full season.

      Do something..... most people will indeed go the legal route and pay for the show. I would.

      I don't want HBO, but I live at my buddy's house on Sunday nights when this show is on. I'd gladly pay for it.

      The dummies running these media companies just don't get it.. even now after all these years they are still clueless.

      Look at the Blood and Chrome debacl

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 08, 2012 @03:53PM (#40262337)

    Why does it matter? Haven't we had enough discussions on this particular topic?

  • by dualboot (125004)

    HBO hates money.

  • Buffering issues (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ironchew (1069966) on Friday June 08, 2012 @03:57PM (#40262381)

    I can't think of any online TV show viewers that buffer the video in any appreciable way. Downloading the show via BitTorrent is pretty much the only way to guarantee the show can be watched on a slow connection, or, in the case of HD video, viewed at all without constant underruns.

    • Downloading the show via BitTorrent is pretty much the only way to guarantee the show can be watched on a slow connection

      You can watch the show on a connection as slow as dial-up if you go to Amazon and buy the complete first season on DVD.

      • by Ironchew (1069966)

        You can watch the show on a connection as slow as dial-up if you go to Amazon and buy the complete first season on DVD.

        Assuming it's even available on DVD, which Game of Thrones isn't. Besides, even on dial-up, it might download faster than the shipping time.

        • Assuming it's even available on DVD, which Game of Thrones isn't.

          Walmart.com has a listing for the first season [walmart.com]. Or are you referring to DVD region coding?

          • by Ironchew (1069966)

            That's what happens when I hit Reply too fast...
            The first season is available on DVD, but as you alluded to, it's not available worldwide. The second season isn't available at all; there are still people out there with no legitimate way to watch the show, and that is where BitTorrent shines.

        • by cpu6502 (1960974)

          TRIVIA - It takes 2 days to download GoT over dialup (70 megabyte rips).

          And to answer another guy's question: The reasons people pirate Free TV shows like Big Bang Theory are numerous. The reason I do it is (1) I forgot to set the VCR or more likely (2) I am downloading old season 1 or 2 that no longer air. I'm downloading Fringe 1 even as we speak.

      • by cpu6502 (1960974)

        >>>You can watch the show on a connection as slow as dial-up if you go to Amazon

        Seriously? I thought the minimum stream speed (like hulu and youtube) was 300k.

      • by ph0rk (118461)
        Yes, and I won't. Most others won't, either.

        HBO can wake up and come to terms with the fact they can't fully control distribution, or they can continue to lose sales. Piracy is a market pressure that keeps prices low. HBO can react to that pressure or stick their collective heads in the sand and look like buffoons. Currently, they're engaged in the latter.

        Besides, I fully expect HBO to pill the plug at the end like Deadwood anyway. Why? Because apparently they were afraid they wouldn't be ably to sell en
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Indeed, I *pay* for HBO and I still download the shows via BitTorrent. It just makes it so much easier to watch where and when I want.

  • by poity (465672) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:05PM (#40262513)

    We've had a 1000+ post flamewar over this not even a month ago.

  • The top 3 are all "nerd" shows. No surprise they'd no how to use the internet to get what they want. How many of those 4 million will buy the Thrones DVD once it's released? I bet most of them.

    Season 1 of Game of Thrones is running against:
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Hugo
    Source Code

    And just for the sake of completion:
    Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
    âoeThe Doctor's Wifeâ (Doctor Who)
    âoeThe Drink Tank's Hugo Acceptance Speech,â Chr

  • by mark-t (151149) <markt@l y n x . b c .ca> on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:10PM (#40262559) Journal

    I can sort of get why people pirate GoT (although I don't agree with it... I can understand it)... because it's my understanding that it otherwise requires a subscription that isn't necessarily practical or convenient for many people.

    But the other two are on network television, and I'm not sure why a person would bother pirating that when there are almost certainly more legitimate ways to access it I'm not a fan of HIMYM, but I do like Big Bang Theory, and I've had absolutely no difficulty watching it online this season, completely legally, every single week.

    Maybe this is just a Canadian thing, but CTV, the Canadian network that carries Big Bang Theory, puts a lot of their programs online one day after airing it, and people have 7 to 14 days to watch it. BBT is up every Friday.

    • by Kohlrabi82 (1672654) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:36PM (#40262883)

      I will explain the situation for Germany:

      First of all, real popular shows you read about on the net normally haven't arrived on German networks, yet. Most of the time they arrive with at least one season lag, if at all. And even if you can watch the show by then, it is normally on networks which will drown you in ads every few minutes.

      And don't get me started that not even today, with the full digitization of TV, you have the option to watch foreign shows undubbed in Germany. If you ever had to suffer through the German dubs of TV shows, you would no doubt also strongly consider piracy.

      Of course you can wait for the DVD/BD box to arrive, containing an English audio track, but those may again arrive late or not at all. Coincidentally, GoT has been an exception here. Also, the pricing is oftentimes on the ludicrous side, and thanks to DVD and BD DRM you cannot even just get the US release.

      • You forgot to mention that in networks have no problem (at least that was how it was in the Netherlands) to mess up the order of episodes, forget one now and then, and have no problem with moving the show from one time to another one, several times during a season. I pirate GoT because I am a foreigner living in Mexico and want to hear English (dubs are teh suck) and read English subtitles (I don't want to play movies loud as I am somewhat sensitive to noise, and at the level I watch a lot is just mumbling
    • by Hatta (162192) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:50PM (#40263035) Journal

      But the other two are on network television, and I'm not sure why a person would bother pirating that when there are almost certainly more legitimate ways to access it

      Because I can add it to my RSS feed, have it automatically downloaded to a network share, and access it through my XBMC setup. I don't have to check the schedule for air times. I don't have to be free at the same time as it airs. I don't have to pop open a browser to view it. And I don't have to wade through commercials.

    • by MobyDisk (75490)

      I don't think you can get back episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Streaming is pointless if all you can do is get the latest episode(s). I would love the show, but I'm not going to get into it years into the series.

  • by morari (1080535) on Friday June 08, 2012 @04:12PM (#40262581) Journal

    I just downloaded the entire second season a few days ago and began watching it. I have no interest in overpriced cable/satellite television. I'll probably pick it up on Blu-Ray next year, just like I did after pirating the first season. That's a lot better treatment than most of my pirated goods get. :P

    • I do this with books. I read pirated ones on my Kindle. Buy the ones I like (printed, not e). To me it's like a library. And yes, I still buy a lot of dead tree books.
  • Wait until next spring for Season II to start on YLE [www.yle.fi], or pirate. (I'm not prepared to get a cable package for one show.)

    I'm waiting actually, mostly because I have very little free time. I suspect a lot of people are less patient here, a lot of my friends seem to be.

  • What I want to know is what how does the pirated rate correlate to the legitimate view of the show and the revenue of the HBO. Because the amount of pirating in absolut terms less concerning if there is still healthy profiting by HBO in spite of, or because of...the pirating.

  • in the knowledge that none of the anime fansubs I download will ever be "the most pirated show of the season".

  • we need to be like Canada with theme packs / and where you can buy the cable box (with out the $6-9+) outlet fee.

  • by rsmith-mac (639075) on Friday June 08, 2012 @07:34PM (#40264613)

    HBO has actually responded to the Take My Money HBO campaign in a way, albeit via Twitter [twitter.com].

    Love the love for HBO. Keep it up. For now, @RyanLawler @TechCrunch has it right: http://itsh.bo/JLtSFE [itsh.bo] #takemymoneyHBO

    The TechCrunch article in question [techcrunch.com] basically goes over the math based on the fact that the average person is willing to pay $12/month, and comes to the conclusion that it's not enough to replace the revenue they would lose, on top of the higher costs of having to directly serve up content.

    The Atlantic [theatlantic.com] also has a good article up covering the revenue and business realities, and is a good companion piece to the TechCrunch article.

    TL;DR: HBO responded saying that cord cutters wouldn't pay enough

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