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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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 21st May 2012 06:20 UTC
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

"Who's pirating Game of Thrones, and why?"

Definitely not me. I'm generally bored with the mass-media content from the start. Never liked that kind of stuff. Everyone - pick your own poison!

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Morgan on Mon 21st May 2012 06:45 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I got the first season DVD box set of Game of Thrones from my fiancée for my birthday yesterday. I am interested in the show since I've read the first two books, and I did download the first episode last year just to see if I would like it. I must say that it's a fairly good interpretation of the book so far.

In general though, I try not to download anything that isn't free-to-air, which is why I didn't just download the entire series. I know that's not a perfect moral excuse, but I see no difference in downloading what someone else has pulled from their DVR, and recording it live myself. In fact, I'd say the only difference is my own laziness. I do have my home-built DVR set up to record OTA shows I watch, but as a backup I have Sickbeard/Sabnzbd set up for the whole seasons too.

I do understand your viewpoint though. With all the better shows getting the axe in the first season lately, and redneck "reality" garbage getting multiple seasons and spinoffs, what's the point in getting invested in a show these days? Why not just download it when it's convenient for you, rather than scheduling your life for the TV?

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by galvanash on Mon 21st May 2012 08:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

I know that's not a perfect moral excuse, but I see no difference in downloading what someone else has pulled from their DVR, and recording it live myself.


Yeah... most people don't. But the MAFIAA will try and extort you anyway if they can - they have no concept of morality.

But yeah, I get where you are coming from. I actually have a subscription to HBO (and have had it for at least 15 years) - the only time I download Game of Thrones is when my DVR screws up or they air an episode early on HBO GO - which ironically I can't get because my fiber provider isn't on Time Warners list of blessed cable operators.

Even if I could get HBO GO I would probably still download the episodes - I don't want to watch it on my computer - I want to use my Apple TV...

If these idiots would just realize there are a lot of people like me... I don't want free stuff, I just want it without all the bullshit hassle in a format I can do what I like with. It is FAR easier to just download a torrent...

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RE: Comment by marcp
by kwan_e on Mon 21st May 2012 07:21 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"Who's pirating Game of Thrones, and why?"

Definitely not me. I'm generally bored with the mass-media content from the start. Never liked that kind of stuff.


Game of Thrones is very popular and very well adapted and produced, but I wouldn't call it "mass media" content. "Mass media" isn't known for having scenes of people kicking other people's heads off after unsuccessfully hacking away at the neck with a sword in broad daylight...

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 21st May 2012 08:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

"Mass media" isn't known for having scenes of people kicking other people's heads off after unsuccessfully hacking away at the neck with a sword in broad daylight...


That is exactly what the mass-media is today ...

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RE: Comment by marcp
by No it isnt on Mon 21st May 2012 07:34 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I was like that at first, thinking the show wasn't for me: it was much too obviously made for younger nerds, with titillating softcore in a fantasy setting vaguely based on European history. Then I saw a few episodes and was hooked. Then I got tired of it and stopped watching.

I still like that dwarf, though.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by l3v1 on Mon 21st May 2012 08:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Then I saw a few episodes and was hooked


Well, for most people it's quite hard not to, since the story has all elements of a good old south american soap opera. The tv show has less, and mostly tries to concentrate on parts with some action, but still has enough of it.

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