The most pirated show ever? Game of Thrones

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From The CBC:

HBO’s Game of Thrones smashed multiple records Sunday night with the premiere of its hotly anticipated third season, but it’s not the episode’s network ratings that have people buzzing this week – it’s the amount of times it has been pirated.

Within 24 hours of airing on television, more than 1 million viewers had downloaded the episode illegally according to TorrentFreak, making the fantasy drama’s season three premiere the most-pirated TV episode of all time.

It also broke the record for largest BitTorrent swarm ever, with more than 163,088 people sharing the file at once.

7.4 per cent of the people downloading Game of Thrones’ season three premiere at the time were shown to be living in Canada. Only the U.S., the U.K. and Australia boasted more peers on this particular torrent.

Many have been shocked, however, by HBO executives’ attitudes toward the behaviour.

“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.”

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