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Game of Thrones sets BitTorrent record again

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 May 2014 5:08 User comments (7)

Game of Thrones sets BitTorrent record again HBO's wildly popular Game of Throne has set yet another record for BitTorrent sharing after the latest episode was spread across the world.
Game of Thrones is already a heavily pirated TV show due to its exceptionally large fan base, and HBO's reluctance to license it to streaming services like Netflix.

It is extremely popular on torrent sites, and has been breaking records during the airing, and subsequent uploading, of episodes of recent seasons. The latest episode of Game of Thrones is estimated to have been downloaded around 1.5 million times within a day.

That's not the big deal however, the big deal is that the Demonii tracker reported that over 200,000 people were sharing one single torrent for it at the same time. 163,496 were sharing a complete copy while 43,558 were still leeching.

207,054 is pretty impressive, but probably won't give HBO much reason to be happy.

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7 user comments

18.5.2014 13:28

They have started removing this show from Usenet when, in the past it was available. I'm guessing that's why the increase in torrent traffic.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

28.5.2014 15:42

Originally posted by ThePastor:
They have started removing this show from Usenet when, in the past it was available. I'm guessing that's why the increase in torrent traffic.

That would depend on your Usenet provider. I had read that people stopped using popular big U.S.-based providers like Giganews and instead, for the same money, got 2-3 cheap overseas providers instead and used all three accounts to fix that.

38.5.2014 15:52

In all my years on the internet I have never downloaded anything through Usenet. Why do newsgroups still exist?

HBO should have used the Amazon Prime deal as an opportunity to combat this if they were so pissed, but I'm sure plenty of torrentors still buy the Bluray.



48.5.2014 21:12

I don't think they're pissed; GoT was one of the top 100 DVD sales of 2013 (#89); the ONLY series to make this list. This is substantial when you consider that these are sold as SETS, which cost quite a bit more when compared to standard DVDs. People watch it online, and then seem to be actually buying them afterwards. In the end, HBO makes their profit.

510.5.2014 20:25

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Why do newsgroups still exist?
That's an embarrassing statement. Either you dont know how to use it or your naive. If you can use torrents then you can use usenet.

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HBO should have used the Amazon Prime deal as an opportunity to combat this if they were so pissed
What? What does Amazon Prime have to combat piracy?

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but I'm sure plenty of torrentors still buy the Bluray.
Alrighty then. That negates torrents.

611.5.2014 11:59

Relax, champ.

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That's an embarrassing statement. Either you dont know how to use it or your naive. If you can use torrents then you can use usenet.
No, I don't use it. Yes, I could use it!

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What? What does Amazon Prime have to combat piracy?
HBO recently signed a streaming deal with Amazon Prime. If they had decided to include GoT in that deal alongside their HBO Go offering then undoubtedly that would bring in a larger audience, lowering the amount of users torrenting the show.

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Alrighty then. That negates torrents.
No it doesn't. People are not torrenting the HDTV rip of the weekly GoT episode to burn it to DVD for their collection so they own it forevermore, they are downloading it to watch at their convenience on their laptop or whatever.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 May 2014 @ 12:01


714.5.2014 6:31

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207,054 is pretty impressive, but probably won't give HBO much reason to be happy.
HBO might but the creators of the show have stated categorically that it's doing that well that they don't care.


@Ripper I've never used it myself either BUT Usenet is as popular as ever or more so for two reasons. 1- It's fast. 2- It can't be packet sniffed.

If Abbott has his way in Oz I will probably move to Usenet myself. The only thing I'm in the dark about atm is which providers to use.



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This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 14 May 2014 @ 6:32

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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