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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > New Season of Game of Thrones Is Pirated to Oblivion

New Season of Game of Thrones Is Pirated to Oblivion

New Season of Game of Thrones Is Pirated to Oblivion

Added: Friday, April 11th, 2014
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > Movie Reviews
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
The premiere of Game of Thrones’ new season has set a new piracy record: over a million downloads in half a day. After people from all over the globe downloaded a copy, next morning there were more than 300,000 BitTorrent users sharing the new episode simultaneously – both on legal and less-authorized channels.


Such a demand even caused a technical trouble for the HBO Go service – it crashed and was inaccessible for a few hours. This downtime could be the reason for some to look for illegal copies. Those, of course, were widely available via dozens of torrent websites soon after the episode finished. Unlike HBO Go, downloads via BitTorrent finish faster if there is an increased interest. And there was, indeed!

Half a day after the new episode appeared on the Internet, more than a million people have already downloaded a copy via a torrent tracker. Next morning over 300,000 people were seen actively sharing it.

According to the statistics, the number of downloads is close to the same as in 2013, but it didn’t set a record for the largest BitTorrent swarm. Perhaps, this is because there were multiple copies available, with the most shared one having about 140,000 people sharing at once. As usual, the number of downloads is expected to increase: in 2013, Game of Thrones was recognized as the most pirated TV show for the 2nd time, and now it is well on its way to securing the title for one more year.

It looks like the most file-sharers origin from Australia (11.6%). It is followed by the US (9.3%) and the UK (5.8%) – all English-speaking countries, as you can see. In a week, when the episode is translated and dubbed in other countries, the numbers might change.

In the meantime, Australia with its first place is all the more impressive with its population of only 22 million people – relatively small compared to the other 2 countries. The main question, as usual, would be why people choose illegal version. And the answers are all the same: sometimes there’s no legitimate alternative, due to licensing or technical troubles like those suffered yesterday by HBO Go. Sometimes, the legal options are too limited, restrictive, or just expensive. In addition, for some people using BitTorrent has become a habit, despite having the legal alternatives.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

April 11th,2014

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Date:  Friday, April 11th, 2014

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2014-04-11 20:24:08)
ShaneLee79 avatarAwesome...yep I am one of those who downloaded it (and seeding it offcourse) and alot of my friends with me!

posted by ET lover (2014-04-11 22:59:54)
firefoxsniper avatarno such thing as Pirated to Oblivion
think about it,with that mouse like IQ
of yours.

posted by ET lover (2014-04-12 00:42:51)
sv8pro avatarThis is one show I don't pirate! I just watch it on tv it plays 2 hours after the us....I will pirate it when the bluray is released so I can have it in my collection

posted by (2014-04-12 01:33:27)
No avatari always dl. i aint paying for hbo service for just 1 show as i dont watch tv anyways. i torrent tv shows every week or stream them. alot nicer to watch tv shows on computer

posted by ET lover (2014-04-12 01:53:17)
sv8pro avatarIm from Australia if you have foxtel you can watch it almost same time as the us but if you don't your only choice is to download! and you have to add the foxtel movies package to your subscription to get showcase the channel its played on....

posted by Kitty (2014-04-12 03:11:11)
redbull99 avatarnever watched the show i might actually just start as i all i hear is its great its this its that soo ...

posted by (2014-04-12 03:18:07)
No avatarI hate to burst your bubble... but this file has multiple trackers in the torrent file.. so those 300k you illustrated is actually 1 file with 4 trackers attached to the torrent. I guess a better way to state it would be only ~90k were actually sharing the file, and ~45k were downloading it. though I bet there were 1/3 that did a 'hit and run' without sharing, so you're probably closer to right with there being 'far' more than ~92k with the entire file downloaded.. but 300k might be a stretch.

posted by ET lover (2014-04-12 06:36:33)
Engines avatarA great show. Its no wonder so many people are downloading it.

posted by (2014-04-12 07:57:52)
No avatarAs usual - Australia has the largest amount of down loaders. Perhaps that's because of the quality of the television - schedule timing is erratic, adverts, same movies on every other week, adverts, no quality (or very little home produced shows, adverts, adverts.
Yes, watching tv in Australia is getting harder as the amount of advertising is overwhelming (at least the adverts are scheduled to coincide on each channel accurately!).
Anyway, who wants to go to the cinema and watch a movie when the audience is just there to consume large amounts of food (and the price of admission is high).
I would rather wait for the movie to come out on Blu Ray or DVD than watch on tv or in the cinema.... just an opinion...

posted by (2014-04-12 10:43:25)
No avatarThat's what Apple TV and Fox get for shafting the Australian consumer.

posted by (2014-04-12 15:05:15)
beano111 avatarI also rarely watch TV because of advertising. The only time I watch it is when the V8 supercars are on. Some shows I watch online through Plus7 with adblock plus.
Free to air TV in Australia is always airing shows much later than th US, and I have also noticed movies are showing later at cinemas too.
The Lego movie was only just released a week or so ago in Adelaide,SA. This is why so many Australians are downloading illegal copies.

posted by ET lovermen (2014-04-12 18:23:49)
beef2000 avatari dl it bcuz they censor it when showed on cable and bcuz cable companies (only 1) have monopoly on the business and hence extort us for subscription..same thing for internet subscription!!

Greetings to sv8pro!!

posted by (2014-04-12 18:57:16)
No avatarThe prics, make it cheape and all will buy, rip us off and we Pirate like hell

posted by (2014-04-12 19:15:39)
Arosha avatardid you seen The Walking Dead season 3 numbers? it's all 6 digits. over 300,000

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2014-04-13 01:26:21)
Ghostface009 avatarI also rarely watch TV because of advertising.
So i download my shows from the ettv team here .
who work hard for us each week to bring us the best quality shows
with out them we be slaves to the networks ...
god bless extratorrent and its staff ...
ettv rules .

posted by (2014-04-13 09:14:39)
nurvx avatarIt's not a cheap show to make. Frankly it's a great show. I don't mind paying for something I enjoy. I dunno what people think is cheap enough to pay for a series, but I'm sure no matter how cheap they make it, people simply aren't going to pay. If it's not profitable to produce good shows....good shows go away.

I'm all for sticking it to Television networks. I don't mind advertising, it's how all actors, writers, producers and TV shows are paid for. You either pay for programming "Cable", or advertisers pay for it for you. Some of the youngsters forget this fact, but it's gotten too ridiculous. Not to mention all the carbon copy shows out there. A network has a hit and they next thing you know...every other network has their own version of the same thing. There's no need for 30 cop shows on TV. Bleh...

posted by Kitty (2014-04-16 11:34:33)
Crash1 avatarAs an example of Australia and TV shows, the series 'Intelligence' is about to START screening here ... 2 weeks AFTER the LAST episode of season 1 screened in the US. In other words, we're about one full season behind on some series, and others are NEVER screened here at all (Eureka , Dallas [the new one], Transporter), or stopped after only 1 or 2 seasons (Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, and several others).

In other words, to CONTINUE to watch a favorite series (or to watch some series AT ALL) we HAVE to pirate it, or else wait 6 months after the next season ENDS (or the LAST season ends) to hire or buy it on DVD/Blu-Ray (a minimum 12-15 month wait) ... I'm NOT that patient ... especially when it's available NOW online.

As for COP shows, there's only ONE that I watch regularly ... NCIS, and that's because of the characters and storyline (I also will watch any of the CSI series if there's nothing else to watch). Most of the OTHER cop shows are repetitive and boring, and aren't worth watching!

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