Game of Thrones keeps its title as most pirated TV show for 2013

In 2012, TorrentFreak posted word that, according to its data, the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones was the most pirated show on BitTorrent download sites. This week, the same source claims that Game of Thrones has not given up its position and remains the most pirated TV series in 2013.

The report, which says it used "download statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers" along with other sources, says that there were 5.9 million downloads of the 2013 Game of Thrones season finale episode. That's well ahead of the number shown on the list, Breaking Bad, which reportedly had 4.2 million downloads for one episode.

Once more, the leader of HBO's parent company Time Warner, CEO Jeff Bewkes, claimed earlier this year that the pirating of Game of Thrones episodes online actually turns into more paid customers for the pay cable network. In fact, he said that having the show be labeled as the most pirated was "better than an Emmy."

After Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, the third most pirated show in 2013 was The Walking Dead, followed by The Big Bang Theory and Dexter in fourth and fifth place, respectively. How I Met Your Mother, Suits, Homeland, Vikings and Arrow complete the top 10 list.

Source: TorrentFreak | Image via HBO

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Imo it just says that the time for TV is almost over and it's time to start thinking more on product placement... while it's quite ****ty to do that in Game of Thrones though

consider the amount of nudity and fornication in the series, chastity belts and lambskin condoms would be ideal for product placement.

"CEO Jeff Bewkes, claimed earlier this year that the pirating of Game of Thrones episodes online actually turns into more paid customers for the pay cable network. In fact, he said that having the show be labeled as the most pirated was "better than an Emmy.""

now that's one open-minded ceo. kudos to him.

Albert said,
"CEO Jeff Bewkes, claimed earlier this year that the pirating of Game of Thrones episodes online actually turns into more paid customers for the pay cable network. In fact, he said that having the show be labeled as the most pirated was "better than an Emmy.""

now that's one open-minded ceo. kudos to him.

and then he turns around to his lawyers and says SUE THEM!

i dont get it, i downloaded the whole first season and watched the first episode and it looked like medieval the bold and the beautiful.. nothing as close as amazing as breaking bad

Saex_Conroy said,
i dont get it, i downloaded the whole first season and watched the first episode and it looked like medieval the bold and the beautiful.. nothing as close as amazing as breaking bad

You watched only the first episode. There's 3 seasons. Here's your problem

Don't get me wrong, dude, Breaking Bad is awesome, but you are missing SO much not watching the rest of the season or the remaining two.

I can't even wrap my head around your "Bold and the Beautiful" argument that you came up with from watching the first episode. Because the first episode is nothing like "Bold and the Beautiful".

ive read reviews of it, watched videos, watched parodies

from what i understand is all about affairs, assassinations, marriages for diplomatic reasons and so on

i like the fantasy aspect of the show and the fact that is based on a book, but its just lame

look up "Malazan Book of The Fallen" this will make a great movie or tv series

and i forgot to mention that fantasy shouldnt be depicted into movies and tv series, its fantasy in order to stay in books and people who read it use their imagination to see it for themselves

game of thrones... even lord of the rings movies look so dull, when i read the lord of the rings books, as well as hobbit and the children of hurin i had a blast, but i couldnt stand the lord of the rings movies - so many things like tom bombandil and CRICKHOLLOW were missing.. it makes me wanna puke

i went watching the hobbit movie and i left the cinema on the 20th minute

myxomatosis said,

You watched only the first episode. There's 3 seasons. Here's your problem

I watched the entire first season and came to the same conclusion. It was a medieval soap opera, not a fantasy series. The books are actually enjoyable, but the series is terrible. I actually read the book after the show, and it was a revelation - "So that's what they were trying to convey!" The show did a horrible job of translating the story for TV, and making me care about the characters. When Ned Stark was killed, my reaction was "Oh, ok." - not exactly a high level of engagement.

I wouldn't even have made it through the first season except that my best friend, whose opinion I usually agree with on fantasy, loves it. But even her recommendation wasn't enough to save the show for me.

Saex_Conroy said,
look up "Malazan Book of The Fallen" this will make a great movie or tv series

Saex_Conroy said,
and i forgot to mention that fantasy shouldnt be depicted into movies and tv series, its fantasy in order to stay in books and people who read it use their imagination to see it for themselves

So which one is it?

Saex_Conroy said,
i dont get it, i downloaded the whole first season and watched the first episode and it looked like medieval the bold and the beautiful.. nothing as close as amazing as breaking bad

Maybe the problem is that you like Breaking Bad (Just kidding!) GoT doesn't appeal to everyone though. It took me a while to get into it.

I guess they should take is as a compliment... the show is awesome!

But honestly, I think GoT is probably THE show you should buy (physical or digital copy) because of the rewatch value. It's brilliant but also very complex. Each time I rewatched a season, I noticed something I didn't see the last time.

And visually, it's brilliant, and better than MANY big Hollywood movies. It deserves to be seen in 1080p

Edited by myxomatosis, Dec 27 2013, 8:24am :

I followed the first two seasons of GoT and found that it lacked a cohesive direction. Too many storylines running parallel without merging even after two seasons; and too many characters to follow with only a few of them interesting. I feel GoT is vastly over-rated and there have been better unrecognized shows before.