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Report: ‘Game of Thrones’ Most-Pirated TV Show

11 Jun, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

'Game of Thrones'

The HBO series “Game of Thrones” is by far the most pirated TV show this season, with nearly 4 million downloads per episode, according to the website TorrentFreak.

The site pointed to airing delays and HBO’s decision to not make the series widely available online as the two main reasons it’s been pirated so often. The series is being downloaded the most in Australia, where “Game of Thrones” is delayed a week, and the United States, the site reported.

“It’s clear that HBO (and others) prefer exclusiveness over piracy, which is a dangerous game,” TorrentFreak wrote. “They might make decent money in the long run by selling subscriptions. However, this limited availability also breeds pirates, and one has to wonder how easy it is to convert these people to subscriptions once they have experienced BitTorrent.”

“How I Met Your Mother” was the No. 2 most-pirated show with more than 2.8 million downloads per episode, while “The Big Bang Theory” was No. 3 with 2.7 million. “House,” “Mad Men,” “Modern Family,” “Revenge,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Family Guy” and “Supernatural” rounded out the top ten.

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