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'Game of Thrones' is TV's most pirated show


Even though the crime of theft would likely result in one getting an arm - or more - lopped off in Westeros, fans of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' appear willing to take the risk here on Earth.

TorrentFreak has released its list of the top 10 most illegally downloaded programs during the spring and the "winner," if you choose to classify it as that, is 'Game of Thrones.' Hooray?

The numbers of downloads for the show are staggering. Consider this - the number 2 show on the list is CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory,' which averages 2.9 million downloads per show. 'Game of Thrones' averages more than 2 million more downloads per show, at an average of 5.2 million. That is almost as many people who watch it on HBO!

Rounding out the top 10 are:

3. 'How I Met Your Mother' (2.85 million)

4. 'The Walking Dead' (2.7 million)

5. 'Hannibal' (2.1 million)

6. 'Vikings' (1.9 million)

7. 'Arrow' (1.85 million)

8. 'The Vampire Diaries' (1.8 million)

9. 'Modern Family' (1.75 million)

10. 'Revenge' (1.7 million)

Any of those surprise you? I am a little shocked that 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'How I Met Your Mother' are so high on the list. I would assume that more serious fare, telling a more complex story, would attract more attention. It seems like for all those other programs that missing an episode can leave out crucial plot points that are necessary heading forward. The two CBS comedies do not feel that way, to me.

These numbers are based on downloads from March to June of this year.

- Game of Thrones

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 23rd, 2013, 7:51 am

Images courtesy of HBO


Message Posted On Jun 26th, 2013, 3:05 am
"Even though the crime of theft would likely result in one getting an arm - or more - lopped off in Westeros" It's a good thing that copyright infringement is not larceny then. Why is this such a hard concept for so many people to understand??

Message Posted On Jun 25th, 2013, 6:46 am
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Message Posted On Jun 25th, 2013, 6:44 am
What's clear, looking at Hannibal, is that probably non-US audiences are a bit more open to series with a different 'vibe'. Same reason why US channel do not buy series from Europe but they usually remake them, for better or worse... british, french or scandinavian it's normally flattened US style About Game of Thrones... I really don't get why all the channels don't do like the BBC, and also why they don't try to merge themselves in international transmission hubs... I pay gladly amounts of Euro per Year to have most of the BBC series available on their player on the iPad, also past ones, and I'll be even more happy to do so if they'd offer CC... a thing that most of US channels AFAIK are obliged to do. Give people an HBO player to watch shows all over the world.. huge money in return, no illegality, better analytics VOD is the future and they still worry to push DVD sales?!?!? Meanwhile I'm happy that my girlfriend new laptop doesn't even have a BluRay, go figure

Message Posted On Jun 24th, 2013, 9:20 am
well, the most popular series on tv is the most pirated show at the same time. suurpriise! I'd suspect a major portion of the pirated views are due to the difficulty one has getting the current episode legally anywhere outside of the US or UK.

Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 9:46 pm
It's been the most pirated show since it came out. The cast and crew are split on whether or not they care and HBO doesn't really care about it either (at least last year from the same outlet that reported this year's results.) The shows on the list probably had popular competition for younger demographics in their time slot. Four out of ten of the shows on the list air on Sundays, and younger people are more likely to get all their media from their computer instead of watching on TV or DVR.

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Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 12:27 pm

I  am only supprised that the download count is not higher...
But hey, that is only for open torrent trackers... it does not count the sign in ones, and as such the number would be significantly higher...


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Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 10:41 am

As i understand it, the people behind Game of Thrones are happy it's downloaded a lot, apparantly it helps dvd/blu-ray sales, which have only gone up...


Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 10:26 am
Hardly a surprise. Lock your content down and people will find alternate means to watch. make it widely available to people that want the flexibility of DRM free content at low costs and people will happily pay. But.... one could easily argue that although the pirates don't pay directly, they have easily contributed to the shows massive success. Shame companies don't learn and see pirates as something that can benefit a franchises success if played correctly.

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Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 8:54 am

Personally, part of this is HBO's fault. The rate for the channel is astronomic at best. I know what I pay for DVR, HBO, St arz, Showtime and TMC.. etc.. small countries go for less.


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Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 8:26 am

You gotta remember that those torrent numbers are worldwide, you can't really compare them to the viewing figures of one channel in one country.

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