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#1 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 14:41

While some companies are looking to end piracy across the entertainment industry, one major player doesn’t think it’s quite the crisis it’s often made out to be. HBO’s hit show Games of Thrones is the most-pirated TV show on the Internet with more than 4 million illegal downloads per episode, however the company’s programming president Michael Lombardo believes piracy is a “compliment” to the show and has actually helped sales. In February, Game of Thrones season two was released to record-setting DVD sales, becoming the company’s biggest first-day home video release with sales of 241,000 units, an increase of 44% over season one, and sales of individual episodes reached 355,000, up 112% from season one.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 14:47

Cool -- I'm going to go “compliment” some more ... :ninja:

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 14:49

Cool -- I'm going to go “compliment” some more ... :ninja:


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 14:50

He's right. Most of the people downloading these episodes don't have access to HBO anyways,
Soon these companies will get smarter, and start allowing us to download/stream directly on their sites, this way they can monetize it in some way.

Cable/satellite is going out.


That's only gonna happen when the ISPs stop metering connections.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 14:59

People are allowing them. If my ISP limited my connection i'd go with a different provider that offered more.

Many people don't have that option. It's either be limited, or have no internet at all.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 15:41

People are allowing them. If my ISP limited my connection i'd go with a different provider that offered more.


Depending on your area / country this just isn't possible. Even in certain parts of the UK and USA there are regions where you only have a choice of one provider. If they limit your connection then you're screwed.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 15:50

Depending on your area / country this just isn't possible. Even in certain parts of the UK and USA there are regions where you only have a choice of one provider. If they limit your connection then you're screwed.


We have a couple of main providers and the rest just use those companies backbone connections to resell their connection. I am lucky enough that the major cable provider has a few tiers that have no bandwidth cap which is good... but then again I live in Canada so we can't get HBO Go.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 15:54

:hug_guy: :heart: :hug_girl:

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:31

He's right. Most of the people downloading these episodes don't have access to HBO anyways,
Soon these companies will get smarter, and start allowing us to download/stream directly on their sites, this way they can monetize it in some way.

Cable/satellite is going out.


Wish that would happen. I hate having cable TV and only watching a few stations. Would be nice to stream online from the station itself and pay a smaller amount.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:36

Yeah i did hear once some companies also use torrent sites as a factor in seeing how popular a show/game is.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:40

That's nice HBO, well it is so long as you don't try to sue my ass for "complementing" you. I "complemented" HBO on both seasons of Game of Thrones and pre-ordered the Blu-ray of each before I was done "complementing" them on each season. You see I'd love to pay HBO as episodes are released, but instead like many I get to "complement" now and pay later.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:45

Makes sense..

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 18:25

:hug_guy: :heart: :hug_girl:


yes exactly!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 18:56

:hug_guy: :heart: :hug_girl:
yes exactly!

Two geezers going for a single tanned piece of ass...


...oh right!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 19:02

Two geezers going for a single tanned piece of ass...


...oh right!

Or threesome? :D