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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Game of Thrones Broke Record in File-Sharing

Game of Thrones Broke Record in File-Sharing

Game of Thrones Broke Record in File-Sharing

Added: Monday, April 15th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Game of Thrones, created by Home Box Office, first aired two years ago and since then quickly gathered an incredible number of fans across the globe. Recently it turned out the HBO’s TV series broke another record: the third season premier collected 6.7 million viewers on BitTorrent.

Indeed, it took just a few hours for the first episode of season 3 to leak online, with people going completely berserk about it – this was quite an expected reaction, as Game of Thrones claimed the “most pirated show” title back in 2012.

It seems that the wait was too intense, with the first episode being downloaded 1 million times and accounting for an absolutely impressive number of seeders – 163,088. This makes it a new record on BitTorrent’s networks. If you take a look over the location of those seeds, you’ll see that Game of Thrones is particularly popular in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Such numbers would scare any Hollywood studio to hell, but HBO’s staff isn’t worried. HBO programming president sees it as a compliment of sorts – it shows the demand, and certainly doesn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. In the meanwhile, an Australian pay-per-view TV company Foxtel has recently announced that it will soon air episodes of 40 popular TV series, including Game of Thrones and Mad Men, within mere hours of their premieres in the United States. The company believes that the strategy is quite simple – you deliver the best TV to the audience once it becomes available. This is why closing the window between American or British premiere dates and Australian ones is Foxtel’s priority.

So, Game of Thrones will also be aired just 2 hours after the United States, while Mad Men is expected to have a 4 hour delay. Another popular series, True Blood, is going to be aired in the same day as the United States. The hope is that the strategy will make people choose a legal way of watching their favourite TV shows. Actually, this strategy proved to be quite successful – for instance, this season of The Walking Dead aired only 33 hours after US transmission and has attracted larger audiences to Foxtel.

George R. R. Martin, the author of the books “Game of Thrones”, said that it is the most pirated TV show throughout the globe, and a lot of it is coming from Australia. The reason is that the show delayed for six months there – of course, people won’t wait for that long when they can download it illegally and enjoy right now.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article

April 15th,2013

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Date:  Monday, April 15th, 2013

Comments (24) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-04-15 20:20:23)
No avatarPay per view, why would anyone pay for something they can get for free on the internet? lol

posted by (2013-04-15 21:27:01)
No avatarBecause if everyone ripped the show off, then there would be no show! If you like a show, you should support it by buying it or at least watching it on TV.

posted by Kitty (2013-04-15 21:53:32)
Crash1 avatar@Exar-Kun ... THAT'S where most of the illegal downloads are coming from ... people who either can't AFFORD subscription channels (HBO, Foxtel, etc), or people who can't CONNECT as the service is unavailable in their area without significant initial outlay (Large satellite dish & boosted receiver), with no guarantee of service quality!

However the phone lines work, so ADSL or better internet is available to download those shows.

@anagrave ... were you paying attention? we're talking about PAY TV here, not Free-To-Air, which means only a fraction of the population have access to the show to watch it ... the REST of us have to wait 6 months or more for the show to be allowed on free-to-air channels (IF the F-T-A channel want's to show it), or wait for the DVD release and hire it.

posted by (2013-04-15 22:33:21)
No avatarYeah I thought the PPV was absolutely outrageous, and its 2hrs late...lol its like these people do everything they can to make people pirate things, having different release dates/times in different countries is a great idea...

These shows need to find other ways to make money, nobody I know even watches TV anymore... as for renting/buying DVDs? lol. I imagine if the directors and actors stopped paying themselves millions for doing hardly anything, shows could easily be profitable enough (over time) to pay back the investors, actors and directors would still have EASY/awesome jobs and everyone would live happily ever after.

@anagrave you can whine all you want about pirates, but guess what... I'm the next generation, I don't do PPV and I'm not going away. I'll support this show by telling my friends about it. I have no intention of ever paying for anything I can get with a few clicks on the internet.

posted by (2013-04-15 23:03:46)
devientart67 avatarThere is a large number of ppl that still rent or by DVD's mostly due to the fact that not everyone (mostly older age group)knows how to get everything off the web, I even buy dvd's that are worth paying for but I will never pay for cable again or any other subscription service. I think its a complete rip off to charge anyone to watch commercials every 10 min or reruns, shows in a language I cant understand....etc etc. And for sure actors are payed way too much for what they do, I mean really there are far more people in this world with jobs that are more important and get paid next to nothing for it.
that's my two cents,.

posted by (2013-04-15 23:44:26)
crazymichael avatarWhen Vegas was showing its first episode in the UK i was already on the 15th episode because i downloaded the show on torrent sites.Why should i have to wait four months to watch the same show and Revolution has only just started showing on TV here.

posted by (2013-04-16 07:26:06)
No avatarcuz u want 2 c it n hd right? dats y ppv. i culd cancel my hbo scrip 2day n just dl it evry sun. den i wuld b gettn worse dan dvd quality. i tried it. even dough its ripd from hd it looks nuthin like da live broadcast. not even close. n G of T is worth watchn in HD! so if u gotta wait 2 hrs den wait. ur only hurtin urself by watchn it n crappy less dan dvd quality.

n who cares bout free tv. revolution n all dats crap. da only ting worth watchn on free tv here n da states in hannibal. cuz mads is a god! all bout da mads!

@5 wat u talkn bout comercials n paid cable n reruns n a differnet language? deres no comercials n cable. only the basic channels. n deres n reruns n other languages.

@4 hbo actors do not get paid millions. not even a million. sookie is top paid actress n get 75k per episode. under 1 million per year. the directors get way way less. tony sopranno was makin 300,00 a year at one point. its not the same as hollywood.

posted by Blocked (2013-04-16 07:57:25)
No avatarim starting to find it a peace of sh1t now with the new season

posted by ET lover (2013-04-16 08:24:30)
sv8pro avatarFoxtel is cable company not a pay per view company it already Aires game of thrones just hours after the us!

posted by ET lover (2013-04-16 10:56:10)
Engines avatarJust what you would expect for a great series.

posted by (2013-04-16 15:30:29)
No avatarThat's great news Game of Thrones is a great series and deserves to be the most downloaded TV show but why would it being aired hours after its aired on TV in America, here in Australia on pay TV on Foxtel make we want to watch it on TV? Pay TV is a service I would never get again because of the fact that anything on pay or free TV I can get online and I don't have to watch a million ads.
@mrbunglesays666 - You don't know how the game is played! The game of piracy I mean. I have download and watched the entire series of Game of Thrones in HD. If your getting your shows in less than DVD quality, then you need to find another source.
And and far and illegal downloads go, there is NO SUCH THING. Its a misconception (and a tactic) that RIAA first used in order to try and stop people from downloading music and now people still think downloading pirated material is illegal. ITS NOT. Why do you think the industry gives the people they sue an altermatium? Pay us thousands and we'll drop our case against you! They know only the stupid, ignorant people will pay and smart person will win the court case, even if the industry has pages and pages of torrents that were downloaded from the smart persons internet connection and from their computer. The smart person who understands the law will win the case. Extortion is illegal, downloading isn't no matter what country you are in.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle (2013-04-16 16:17:03)
dazpicable avatarSeason 1 was the best imo hope things start to pick up soon.

posted by (2013-04-16 16:52:04)
draytalon avatarI have to steal the internet that i use via wifi as i cannot afford the costly monthly bills that cable companies charge. Also i have only regular tv (6 channels) to watch as paying $100+ per month for cable, satelite or whatever is out of my range. Now, getting something to download and watch pleases me, i do this with many films and if i like, i will buy on DVD when it is released, in the past i used to buy a DVD after reading a review only, but i have been burned because the review's say's one thing, and the movie itself is absolute junk. So downloading and watching is a must for me before i waste my precious money on junk movies or tv series'.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle (2013-04-16 16:58:31)
dazpicable avatarSeason 1 was the best imo hope things start to pick up soon.

posted by Vip MemberET loverSuperman (2013-04-16 22:22:52)
bubanee avatarE1 and E2 of S3 were quite boring. fillers.. the excitement of the first few E's which is normally standard in any new series wasn't there!!!! those 2 episodes could of easily been part of S2..
I hope it's not all going to be a Days of our Lives and drag on till the last Episode of this Series.
Gotta laugh at torrentfreak when they say it 'leaked'.. leaked? hogwash it has the blessing to be promoted via torrent. quite funny really i watch it before it even hits torrents!.. maybe i should learn how to rip a PVR and 'leak it' lol...

posted by (2013-04-17 12:50:47)
cemeterygates avatargreat tv series, also hope it picks up soon, but either way its still gripping and brilliant, follows the books reasonably closely.

posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET junkieET loverSuperman (2013-04-17 18:22:02)
extremezone avatartoo bad for Dothraki Khal Drogo, one of the best actors

posted by Site FriendKitty (2013-04-17 20:12:07)
aSBo avatarit`s not real it`s all made up... pmsl

posted by Blocked (2013-04-19 05:07:21)
jks69_ADIDAS avatarI've read an article from the executive directors were they say the show benefits from file sharing. I may DL the show but the amount in merchandise I can't DL so they get their pennies

posted by (2013-04-19 12:19:11)
No avatarim starting to find it a peace of sh1t now with the new season

posted by (2013-04-19 22:22:48)
roy_the_taz avatarI love it ~ 10 out of 10 all the way ..

posted by (2013-04-20 06:08:22)
No avatarSeason 1 was the best imo hope things start to pick up soon.

posted by Blocked (2013-04-20 22:36:49)
No avatarvery thank you brother

posted by Blocked (2013-04-21 22:59:36)
No avatarso T.R.U who pays 4 something you can get 4 free. you pays for ya net to get free stuff lol

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