According to TorrentFreak, Game of Thrones is the most pirated show of 2013 and 2014. There were 5,900,000 illegal downloads through torrent sharing in 2013 alone. In 2014, Game of Thrones broke its own record of the most shared TV show through a single Torrent when 254,114 downloads were made simultaneously as tracked by Demonii tracker. This amounted to 2 petabites of data being shared at one time. This made a total of 1.5 million downloads within 12 hours of the season finale release.
Ever since, there has been an average of 300,000 downloads of the show daily. These startling statistics have earned Game of Thrones a place in the Guinness books of world records 2015 edition as the most pirated TV show of all time. The show’s downloads were almost 5 times more than its closest competitor. Many would think that this will make the guys at HBO squirm in their seats. However, they seem to have taken it astride and publicly announced that being the most pirated show in the world is better than winning an Emmy.
Based on a reserach of 18,333 IP addresses, TorrentFreak shows that most downloads come from Australia followed by the US and the UK. Other favourite countries are Canada, Netherlands and India (surprisingly). The shocking thing about Game of Thrones is that the series is still popular on many Torrent sites months after its season’s finale release.
Not having Game of Thrones on iTunes or Amazon or any other online platform (other than HBO’s Go) drives the high number of downloads that are termed as Illegal. In fact, there’s a website that put together a collection of every Game of Thrones torrent in a concise matter.
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In Australia, Foxtel is blamed for all the Game of Thrones downloads. This is because it does not make available the show to most subscribers. Like in Australia, most of other countries share the same grief. To watch Game of Thrones, you have to subscribe to a bunch of other channels that you have no interest in that is if you are lucky enough to be in a country with a channel airing the show. This is why 500,000 Ausies and other people from across the globe chose to get downloads.
However, this challenge has not been seen to harm the DVDs sales for Game of Thrones. It is actually achieving the exact opposite results; high numbers of downloads are driving DVDs sale of the show. It seems like the pirates are doing a good job of telling everyone how good Game of Thrones show really is.
With such staggering numbers, you can only anticipate the number of downloads when the next season of Game of Thrones is released. Hopefully by then, HBO would have found a way of letting people watch the show at a reasonable price and lesser amount of hurdles. This could go a long way to reducing the number of pirates and increasing the amount of money going to HBO.