Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 04:03 UTC
Multimedia, AV "With over 3 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is without doubt the most pirated TV-show of the season. Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that most of the pirates come from Australia, while London tops the list of pirate cities. But why have these people turned to BitTorrent?" Because in order to get it legally, I have to take a monthly subscription costing me €15 per month. So instead, I buy the season box sets as they come out, and download them every Monday morning in the meantime.
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RE[5]: I can't get HBO
by nutt on Mon 21st May 2012 10:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I can't get HBO"
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It's not really a licence as such, it's a tax. However it's only taxed against people who own a tuned TV set - which is probably why they call it a licence.

Nah, you still call car tax and tobacco tax taxes, even though only people who own cars and buy tobacco are taxed.
At least here in Sweden, the reason is a much more silly one. The idea is that if it's called a tax, then the TV station gets their money from the government, meaning the government would have monetary control over the station (which, according to this line of thinking, prevents the station from having full editorial control). This is a kind of stupid argument because while it is true that the government gets to decide how to spend the tax money, they also get to decide the size of the TV license fee...

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