Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV show in all of 2014, and that alone is enough proof of how popular this show is. For years, it has been taking the number one spot of the most pirated TV show, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.
According to a new report from the Guardian, season 3 of Game of Thrones managed to overcome The Walking Dead to cling the number one spot. In just four weeks alone, the show was downloaded over 1.6 million times.
"Programmes start to be pirated literally minutes after the first airing of a show," says Eric Antze, product manager at Irdeto.
"Within an hour we see pretty significant propagation of that content across the internet, and piracy is on the increase."
This shouldn't come as a surprise, because Game of Thrones is a better show when compared to The Walking Dead, even in its worst season. The story is more gripping and the characters are more interesting. The Walking Dead, well, it is not a bad show, just not as great as some folks make it out to be.
Unlike Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead doesn't appear to get better with each season.
With the piracy of TV shows hitting a new high, one would think the industry would react in a similar manner to the music industry, but such is not the case. For HBO, piracy is actually a good thing because it increases exposure, which in turn boosts the amount of person's subscribing to HBO Go.
Furthermore, HBO did once claim that piracy is better than an Emmy, so that should give folks an idea how important it is to the TV industry.
Latest investigation shows that folks who pirate movies and TV shows are more likely to spend on these contents rather than purchase music. It would appear as if consumers view movies and TV shows as products of more value than music, and if this is the case, then the music industry will have to find ways to increase value in such a way that consumers will feel the need to pay.