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HBO's mythical drama "Game of Thrones" set a record for modern-day piracy after its Sunday night premiere, as viewers around the globe scrambled to watch the season 3 debut episode that aired on the premium cable network.

Piracy tracker TorrentFreak says that more than 1 million viewers downloaded the episode in the first day after it aired. At one point, more than 163,000 people were simultaneously sharing a single torrent -- a new record. The previous record, of just under 145,000 simultaneous file-swappers, was set by the "Heroes" season 3 debut in 2008, according to TorrentFreak's data.

The heavy demand for the premiere episode is no surprise, given that TorrentFreak says "Game of Thrones" was the most pirated show of 2012. According to its estimate, 4.3 million people downloaded the season finale last year, nearly a half-million more than downloaded the second-most pirated show, the Showtime drama "Dexter."

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I'm still surprised the producers don't seem to be upset about it.
Edited by Laurifer - 4/2/13 at 5:39pm
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O.O I still have to see the episode but i didnt think it would be on at torrent sites yet...
Granted its probably the most pirated since its a great show but only on HBO and few people have HBO...
Edit: Not saying that I am/will pirate it..
Edited by General121 - 4/2/13 at 5:48pm
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Wow. Amazing, if only they actually watched it to give the Producers the support.
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O.O I still have to see the episode but i didnt think it would be on at torrent sites yet...

Standard definition quality is usually up about 5-7 minutes after a show is aired...so I'm told.
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Guys,please refrain from admitting that you are or have pirated the show. Don't support piracy either.

Just giving out a fair warning to everyone.
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Wow. Amazing, if only they actually watched it to give the Producers the support.

The article mentioned a producer talking about streaming the show for 99 cents per episode for those that do not have HBO. I would gladly do that.

If you read the comments on that page, you will see someone mentioning that he and several others subscribed to HBO for this show only and will then cancel their subscriptions the day the season ends. It seems Game of Thrones has, as the article states, "eclipsed" everything else on their channel.
Edited by Laurifer - 4/2/13 at 5:50pm
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I'm still surprised the producers don't seem to be upset about it.

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Guys,please refrain from admitting that you are or have pirated the show.

Just giving out a fair warning to everyone.

I would just like to point out that posting how long it takes a show to appear online is not in any way alluding you have downloaded it. The article itself is talking about piracy figures, and how long it takes a show to go to pirate site is right in line with that.
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if HBO would let me watch there shows on line I would have no problem paying them like netflixs, but I am just plain done with tv subs it not worth it most of the time, the 3 or 4 show that I do watch I can get from there internet sites the only one I cant it is Game of thrones and I watch the first season when I sill had tv and loved it, but have not seen the other yet wait to buy the collection at a latter date biggrin.gif
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So what's the point of this article? Tick off the publishers even more?
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