Tagged: Game Of Thrones
April 18, 2014 at 7:40 am #1199
Game of Thrones Breaks Piracy Record
TorrentFreak, a blog about filesharing, reports the April 13th episode of Thrones—the season’s second—set a new record for “swarming” via the client BitTorrent as 193,418 people were congregating around a single file of the show at the same time
The Game of Thrones season premiere saw problems for people trying to watch via HBO Go and a record number of viewers for the network — but less scrupulous fans of the show are turning to other ways to watch.
Gee, wouldn’t it be easier to just SUBSCRIBE to HBO or wait until the set gets released next year? Or, like, read the books.
“You can not operate in this room unless you believe that you are Superman, and whatever happens, you’re capable of solving the problem.” – Gene KranzApril 18, 2014 at 7:41 am #6441
Allthough, I have to wonder, if torrenting existed during TNGs run, if we would see the same thing.
“You can not operate in this room unless you believe that you are Superman, and whatever happens, you’re capable of solving the problem.” – Gene KranzApril 21, 2014 at 10:04 am #6442
Maybe people don’t want to pay a fat subscription fee just to watch one show.
It’d be nice if HBO would come to the conclusion that nobody really wants to be tied to a 1970s era cable subscription fee, and they could do something about it. For example, since piracy is so ridiculously large for their one show, they could always cut a deal with Apple to put the latest episode up on iTunes right after that episode finished airing. Most iTunes TV shows are made available around 3am the day after they air, cutting a deal would mean they’d make it available for sale instantly. A lot of those pirates would probably buy the episodes since it’d be so much easier and quicker than waiting until somebody puts up a torrent several hours later. They could convert a lot of pirates and make a good amount of money in the process. I’m assuming that they even allow Apple to have the latest season like that. I know Showtime won’t put episodes of their shows up on iTunes until the DVDs come out and the next season is about to start.April 21, 2014 at 11:45 am #6443
There you go again, using things like “logic” and “common sense”. It may be that HBO wants to do exactly that, but the major carriers like Comcast are tapping them on the shoulder and saying, “You want to use alternative distribution methods. Perhaps we need to discuss reducing the fees we pay you for distribution.” HNO costs $18 per month and is considered the first premium, while Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz is $14 per month.
“You can not operate in this room unless you believe that you are Superman, and whatever happens, you’re capable of solving the problem.” – Gene Kranz
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