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Game of Thrones: most pirated show ever

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Picture this. It’s Sunday night. You and a zillion other people sit down to watch the premiere of the third season of The Game of Thrones on HBO.

Records are smashed, but not only by the number of viewers but by the number of illegal downloads.

Here’s the info by the number:

  • more than 1 million download the show
  • all within 24 hours
  • largest BitTorrents swarm ever – more than 163,000 sharing the file at once
  • DVD sales of second season broke records on first day of sales: 241,000 units sold in one day

HBO appears to be non-plused by this.

“I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo to Entertainment Weekly while speaking about the popularity of the show among digital pirates.

“The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.”

Despite the illegal downloading, Lombardo says the show is one of the network’s top money-earners.

Indeed, DVD sales for the second season of Game of Thrones broke HBO records in February with 241,000 units sold in the first day alone.

Read more: CBC.

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