Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Heavy piracy of Game of Thrones a compliment to HBO

updated 06:03 am EDT, Tue April 2, 2013

Piracy fails to 'negatively impact DVD sales' of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones may retain its crown of being the most pirated television show, based on reports. Despite the number of downloads of the season premiere entering the millions within 24 hours of its first broadcast, the programming president of HBO appears to be taking the dubious accolade as a compliment.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Michael Lombardo called the rampant piracy of the show "a compliment of sorts," continuing "The demand is there. And it certainly didn't negatively impact the DVD sales." Lombardo also mentioned that piracy is "something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network."

One of his main concerns over the piracy is that viewers of the pirated content may not be watching a high-quality copy of the show itself. "The production values of this show are so incredible. So I'm hoping that in the purloined different generation of cuts that the show is holding up," stated Lombardo. Though HBO is against piracy, Lombardo seems to be lenient towards casual pirates, claiming "No, we haven't sent out the Game of Thrones police."

Figures discovered by Torrent Freak suggests the opening episode had over 160,000 simultaneous peers on one single torrent, and has been downloaded more than one million times already. The 160,000 peers breaks a previous record for the largest BitTorrent swarm, held by the season premiere of Heroes with a total of 144,000 peers in a swarm.

Even though HBO has a considerably successful cable channel, it has looked towards possibly expanding its on-demand offering, HBO GO, to users without a subscription. An estimated $10 to $15 pricetag has been suggested for such a service, but considering the fact that cable companies provide a significant chunk of revenue for the channel, it would be difficult to turn away such a sizable source of funds.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Home automation fans have been getting their fair share of gadgets and accessories in the last few years. Starting with light bulbs, a ...

Razer Kraken Pro headset

Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News