Game of Thrones reportedly most pirated TV show of 2012

As the year 2012 comes to an end, many websites offer up their annual "best of" or "most" lists for the past 12 months. The site TorrentFreak is no different, and this week it has listed what it claims are the most pirated TV shows of 2012.

Their list, which it says comes from public BitTorrent file trackers as well as other unnamed sources, shows that the adult fantasy HBO series Game of Thrones is on top this year, with 4.28 million downloads for a single episode. Game of Thrones took over the number one spot from another mature-themed show, Dexter, which falls to number two on the list with 2.75 million downloads.

There are several reasons why Game of Thrones is number one on the list, besides the fact that it's a pretty good TV drama. Episodes are shown days or even weeks after they are aired in the U.S. in other countries. That includes Australia, which broadcasts the show a week after its U.S. airing. The report claims that Australia is one of the biggest regions for pirated downloads of the drama.

HBO does offer a streaming service for its TV shows and movies similar to Netflix but you have to be an HBO cable subscriber to get it here in the U.S. So far, there's no indication that will change anytime soon. If HBO were to make such a move, it might cut down on its illegal downloads.

The number three most pirated TV show in 2012 is the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, followed by How I Met Your Mother and Breaking Bad. The Walking Dead, Homeland, House, Fringe and Revolution round out the top 10 list.

Source: TorrentFreak | Image via Home Box Office

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It airs in India on an average after a month mostly. Also, the version shown is heavily censored. So limited violence, no sex. Now the editing makes the show feel choppy and so the only way is to get hold of the DVDs which are not censored or pirate it.

They really don't get it. New and better technology exists to get money from your customer, and they are stuck in their old ways. And people will pirate it because its easier. I would pay them money to be able to download it DRM free.

Where i live HBO go is available on only 2 or 3 providers and only one of them has nation wide coverage. It only sells dial-up and crappy dsl subscriptions and it's tv service is satellite only so it's still a pos. So i'm gonna do like i did last year. Subscribe to HBO mid march on my provider that does not have GO (because of exclusivity, but it has fiber and a fair number of channels on clear qam) for the minimum 3 months, and i will get the high-resolution digital versions elsewhere.

If they don't want to provide the service on a network superior to the one that has exclusive rights, then i guess me viewing them on my PC is pirating.

So, you're telling me the most popular shows that are the most difficult and/or the most expensive to obtain legally are also the most pirated? <sarcasm>Color me shocked!</sarcasm>

Seriously in 2013 these companies need to get their act together. The ridiculous region restrictions are hurting them. Do you know how many times I've had people, credit card in hand wanting to buy TV series, pre-order Games (eg Arkham City) or even Windows 8 upgrades, go through the whole registration process only to be told at the end "not available in your region". So to get these products you have to register for a US shipping address, have your bank attach your credit card to that address and use a VPN. Funny thing, P2P is pretty much one click AND region free.

I watch 9 out of 10 of those shows.
The only one I don't follow is House.

I would buy them, but here you can only buy pirated versions

So no point spending any money on them

There is no HBO in Russia. Fox has poor voiceover. So just have to download it with voiceovers from professional fan studios. But even if HBO or any other service will offer it hardly i will pay for it, as usually such services cost several times higher than in US. Those subscription services also does not offer HD and ability for fan studios to add their audio tracks.

Play Market Movie failed miserably after launch a month ago. 90% of reviews condemns Google on robbing prices, false HD and lack of choice for audio localization.

I will totally cop to downloading Game of Thrones. I love the show, but it's not worth an HBO subscription just to watch one show that's only on for a couple months a year.

Game of Thrones is a very good TV show, but has limited availability in the US and is not available at all (no TV broadcasts, no DVDs) in many countries. Not really surprising that it's one of the most pirated shows.

Ummm being an Aussie Game of Thrones has yet to come to free-to-air TV. (at least to my knowledge). Cable TV here is absolute crap with only 16 channels or thereabouts and it costs us $60 a month for it. We pirate tv shows because the shows like Game of Thrones are available only on cable, and that is a week later. TV shows normally take a year to get here for free-to-air tv... Hell, we are only half way though Nikita season 2 here for example.

Good, that's what you get when you have staggered releases across the world and items unavaible to watch in the UK in a timely manner! (Still bought them on Blue-Ray) shame they don't film in 3D…

Usually :
most pirated = most liked.

What i don't like is the unnecessary sex scenes, the show is awesome without those scenes.

Edited by Brony, Dec 26 2012, 12:23am :

i agree.
that's one aspect of hbo shows i dont like. i want to watch these shows with my family, but can't mainly because of those scenes. hate them to death.

aviator189 said,
i agree.
that's one aspect of hbo shows i dont like. i want to watch these shows with my family, but can't mainly because of those scenes. hate them to death.

Strange, we in Europe watch these things with kids (if they are old enough), we don't wait until they are 18+ or something. And guess what, we turned out great over here
If your kid is to young for the sex scene's... he's to young for the violence, gore and cursing in the series, which far outdo the sex scenes.

Shadowzz said,

Strange, we in Europe watch these things with kids (if they are old enough), we don't wait until they are 18+ or something. And guess what, we turned out great over here
If your kid is to young for the sex scene's... he's to young for the violence, gore and cursing in the series, which far outdo the sex scenes.

You sure every European is like that? Or just your part of Europe?

Anyway, maybe it's a cultural thing, but I know a lot of people here don't feel too comfortable watching any sex scene in a film/TV show because it just feels odd. Like watching pron or something together.

I agree with Shadowzz. I don't understand why they are all crazy about some nudity but when it comes to smashing someone's brains in, it's ok. Also I think most of te people who pirate game of thrones are people who can't watch it in their own country ir have to wait months before they can. If netflix was available were I live i may consider buying a subscription, but until then there's no alternative.

Brony said,
Usually :
most pirated = most liked.

What i don't like is the unnecessary sex scenes, the show is awesome without those scenes.

I agree with this. I mean it's not like I'm going to get sick watching those scenes, but I think (most of the scenes) are just using up space. Some are important for specific character development, but don't think it needs that many.

Same thing I can say about other movies/tv shows. I think they just want to fill up the time.

Still a great show nonetheless, I enjoyed season 2 a LOT more than season 1.

Don't want to subscribe to HBO and too impatient to wait for the blu-ray releases (which I do buy mind you) so I have to watch it somehow.

necrosis said,
Maybe if HBO wasn't such a d-bag over distribution...

Agreed. If they would adopt to more 'consumable' business models that are easier to the customer to digest, then it would be quite a different story for sure.

I heard they are doing the red wedding, its going to be so exciting! Don't look it up if you don't want to be spoiled!

Best show of the decade? I don't see it. I've watched 8 episodes so far, and there's really nothing compelling about it. I've been trying to like the show - my best friend loves it and I'd like to enjoy it with her - but it gives me nothing to hook into. The characters are wooden and uninteresting, the plot is as exciting as watching paint dry, and Ned Stark is a complete idiot. The book is decent- I actually manage to care a little about the characters- but the tv series is basically garbage so far. It has all the elements for an excellent show, but does nothing with them. If it weren't for my best friend's recommendation, I would have quit after the first episode. And I love fantasy fiction. Its a shame that this is more of a medieval soap opera than a fantasy series.

I've heard the 2nd season is better. If I can make it through the last 2 episodes, I might give season 2 a chance.

Edited by DConnell, Dec 26 2012, 1:36am :

Syanide said,
Most pirated TV show of 2012 and BEST SHOW OF THE DECADE.

Calling it now. Next season will prove me right.


It is a very good show, but best show of the decade.. far from it
But most piracy is in Europe I bet, where this show is either not aired, or 1-2 years later. Which is absolutely horrible considering many people us in Europe know people in the US. Outside that, you cannot look anything up or see anything related to the series if you don't want to get any spoilers. Following their facebook or reading Wikipedia is absolutely impossible without reading stuff that hasn't aired here yet.

Shadowzz said,

But most piracy is in Europe I bet, where this show is either not aired, or 1-2 years later. Which is absolutely horrible considering many people us in Europe know people in the US.

Well it's kinda unfair when you compare an entire continent to one country...

GoT is the best TV series of all times, for me at-least, here GoT is aired 2 years late, season 2 will start next year, and most of it edited to take out the adult content, story-line becomes crap. had to torrent it to be able to watch it. Getting the entire season 1 and 2 again, to start of the season 3

I never really got into dexter after the second episode, but I was instantly hooked by the unique setting, strong direction, epic set pieces, and amazingly great character and acting of Game of Thrones. Each episode just reeks of epic and grand quality in film-making.

Oh yeah, and there are dragons.

Game of Thrones has a lot of twist and the history is still unfolding.

For example, one of the best character (if not the best) is the midget (Tyrion Lannister). And yes, im not kidding. During the first episodes, Tyrion was more a freak-show background character but now, he is one of the cool character.

2xSilverKnight said,
Never got into Game if Thrones .. only watched first few episodes.
It was a bit complicated at first plot wise, but once you get past like 4 episodes its amazing. And on a sidenote, I have no idea why any normal guy wouldn't love this series, its based on everything guys love - war, sex, power, gore and of course boobies aplenty!