The season premiere of Game of Thrones appears to have been the most simultaneously downloaded torrent ever, but at least one HBO exec doesn’t seem bothered that people are getting their content for free.
In less than a day, there were more than a million downloads from the popular torrent site. According to Torrent Freak, 163,088 people were sharing a single torrent file at its peak late Sunday night. The previous record was the season premiere of Heroes, which had 144,663 people sharing a torrent.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the massively pirated show. Game of Thrones was reported to be the most pirated show in 2012, but according to Lombardo, that hasn’t translated into a negative revenue impact.
“I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts,” Lombardo said to Entertainment Weekly. “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’tRead More »from ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere sets piracy record, but HBO exec doesn’t mind