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Perhaps I should start watching this.
The sad thing is that the subscription on HBO online in denmark binds you for 6 months :S
I´ve read the books, the show is still good ?
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Your missing the big point.
Pirate numbers have REPLACED viewer ratings.
More pirates? Must be better is the formula now.

In my country we have TV access everywhere. Most of the decent shows are aired on public TV stations. Sure you don't get to watch the last episode, perhaps you're 10-15 episodes behind, or hell, a full season sometimes (with Japanese Anime)

It is normal that most people will pirate these shows. When you've grown used to simply turn your TV on and watch whatever you want for free, it's pretty much non-questionable to PAY for TV.

It's a bit like if someone told me I have to pay to listen to a particular radio station. I would laugh straight up his face.


In America for example, you're used to pay for TV content. That's why you are bothered by this.
   
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Actually, didn't one of the top producers or director of GoT say they loved the free advertising of the piracy because it increased the hype for the show and caused more subscriptions?

Exactly, we all know that in Hollywood even bad publicity is still good publicity. The real money is not in subscriptions, but merchandise, then a movie, and oh lord a video game. I have HBO, as well as every other tv package for almost free since my wife works for Time Warner Media, but I still DL missed episodes. Look at Hulu, they give shows away for free a week after they air.
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Perhaps I should start watching this.
The sad thing is that the subscription on HBO online in denmark binds you for 6 months :S
I´ve read the books, the show is still good ?

6 months!?!?!?! In the US you are often bound into contract from 1-2 years depending on the service provider for the "deal" they give you.
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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.

Problem with that is:

a) is it going to be HD 720p at the least? 99c is more than enough for it in HD, but I'll wager they price gouge on HD (I'd go up to $1.99 for 720p)

b) Can you download it to your system and watch it at your leisure rather than sucking your internet dry and streaming?

c) Is it going to force some rootkit DRM bull for offline play?
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The reason people pirate is due to the fact the show is aired in the US first. People around the world don't want it spoiled. Their own TV doesn't show it for another 24 hours or more. In UK its on Sky Atlantic. It wasn't on until Monday 9pm. I recorded it on Sky and watched last night finally. I have friends who also have Sky but downloaded it because they didn't want to wait or get it ruined by someone else.

The show is made here in Northern Ireland. I was an extra in season 1 and this season 3. Its also filmed in Morocco and Iceland for required scenes. Why does the US get everything first? It could have been shown here on the 31st like the US, only a few hours before your air time' unlike the 24 hour wait we had. That's just my 2 cents.
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It's not a movie, nor a game, it's TV Show, something i can watch if i have access to HBO... I dont think pirating it will matter or effect anything. I'm living in Switzerland and doesnt have access to HBO, and hate French so i had no choice but downloading it...

Apart from this, i really want to read actual books (Song of Fire and Ice) but i still prefer to 'read' the book as watching GoT.. But the real question; is it worth to be purchased at the end of season ? F. yes.

IMHO, demos of today are pirated games and movies. Something game developers dont understand. I know lots of people who pirated Witcher 2 and pre-ordered Witcher 3 right now. This is a side effect of piracy.
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The reason people pirate is due to the fact the show is aired in the US first. People around the world don't want it spoiled. Their own TV doesn't show it for another 24 hours or more. In UK its on Sky Atlantic. It wasn't on until Monday 9pm. I recorded it on Sky and watched last night finally. I have friends who also have Sky but downloaded it because they didn't want to wait or get it ruined by someone else.

The show is made here in Northern Ireland. I was an extra in season 1 and this season 3. Its also filmed in Morocco and Iceland for required scenes. Why does the US get everything first? It could have been shown here on the 31st like the US, only a few hours before your air time' unlike the 24 hour wait we had. That's just my 2 cents.

Another thing I hear quite often is the fact that many don't want to pay for Sky/Cable in the UK... We must pay for Sky/Cable monthly, as well as a TV licence for the honour of being able to watch 20 minutes of adverts per hour breaking up a 40 minute show into 4 ten minute blocks...Or you could get it from torrents and not deal with the TV licencing, the cable fees and advertisements, watch it at your own leisure, pause it when you want without an overpriced set top box and it's free.

I'll bet many would rather legitimise their viewing habits and contribute, but the options available don't compete with torrents... Stream it once for 99c... or later on buy a DVD of the 10 episode show for $10 and watch it as many times as you like. It doesn't add up. To compete, they need it to be a case of buy the episode for 99c and keep it indefinitely, not stream it once, or stream it for 24 hours or any of the other cons they run.

However, content publishers seem to be content in complaining about piracy but doing nothing to compete even fairly. Publishers like HBO need to sign up, quickly, to Netflix and other streaming services and get their content on there immediately. I have Netflix and pay for that every month. Why? Because there are no ads, I can pause it when I want and watch it when I want. IF they aired GOT and things like that on there concurrently, or at the least, 24 hours after the original air date, many people would have no excuse to pirate. But, they don't. So they do.
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Yup, no-one to blame but themselves. People pirate it because:

You can't buy just the shows you want, you have to buy a huge pile of extra crap/channels you'll never watch if you want to watch the one show "legitimately".
They release things at different times around the world, which in today's connected world is both idiotic and bound to lead to piracy.
They don't release the DVDs/etc until months/years after the shows have aired, so those without Sky/cable/whatever have no choice but to pirate if they want to watch it.
Advertising ruins the viewing enjoyment on cable/Sky still, even though you're paying out the nose for the damn thing.

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Never seen an episode or played the game. For some reason, most likely because it's on HBO, I really don't have the desire to either. From what I understand, it's "just another fantasy computer game", nothing really to set it apart unless you are addicted to the TV show.
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