Four Episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Leaked Online Before Airing
First 4 Episodes of New Game of Thrones Season Leak.
Game of Thrones fans who have waited for the first episode of season five, screening at 11am on Monday, are now faced with the question to watch the first four episodes – illegally downloaded and possibly of dubious quality – or wait and savour them? Four new episodes of “Game of Thrones” have been leaked online, just as HBO prepared for the smash hit’s season premiere Sunday night—and after the network unveiled its new subscription service, HBO Now, on Tuesday.
Already the most pirated show in television history, HBO’s fantasy epic Games of Thrones was hit by a new leak just hours before the premiere of its hotly-anticipated fifth season. At least, HBO was likely hoping that such a move would reduce the piracy of the show’s first episode—spoiling the reasoning that those illegally downloading the show are doing so because it’s unavailable in their country or area.
Creator HBO released a statement that said the the episodes did not appear to be the result of cyber hack. “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” HBO’s statement said. They’re available for download on sites like The Pirate Bay, RARBG and KickassTorrents. “Our experience is [piracy] leads to more penetration, more paying subs, more health for HBO, less reliance on having to do paid advertising. But as inches towards what was to have been a groundbreaking global simulcast – the US, Australia, NZ and much of Europe are screening this season’s episodes in unison – that delicate house of cards now sits in tatters, with four episodes leaked online and Australia’s rapacious TV pirates feeding on them like piranhas on floating carcass. It recounts the implacable fight for power among several families in an imaginary landscape of kingdoms and continents inspired by the history of the Middle Ages. – AFP Relaxnews
Personal passion aside, it is important to remember that outside the world of sport, there is no anti-siphoning list to protect TV programs, no matter how much they are loved, from the vagaries of commerce. And as frustrating as it is for fans of the series who want access to the show at a lower price, in a free and rarely fair economy it is anyone’s right to own the series and re-sell it at any price the market will bear. In Australia, that would be a $90, three-month investment in Foxtel’s standard-definition online service Foxtel Play, the cheapest way to access the series. The most popular torrent is for episode one and lists seeders — that is the number of people who have downloaded the full file and are now allowing other users to copy it — at more than 100,000 in the first 20 hours after it was uploaded.
But Foxtel is now left to deal with the fact that almost half of the most anticipated season of any show in recent memory has been dumped onto file-sharing networks for anyone to take. In some respects this is also a lesson in the risks of exerting too much control in a market which is now too large and too hungry to be drip fed on a weekly basis. HBO and Apple were likely banking on the show’s popularity to win some additional fans over to the Apple camp (or banking on the Apple TV’s popularity to get more people paying for Game of Thrones).
Three years ago, Google took out a patent to stop spoilers from reaching the screens of those who are mid-way through reading a book or viewing a television show or movie – so long as they are viewed through the prism of Google. It’s a shame the Waltons, that historic family who showed the world how to survive the Great Depression, were probably too much the church-going stoics to come down from their rickety but packed home and kick up some dust in a dancehall.
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