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Is Piracy Helping Game of Thrones? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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Published on Mar 20, 2013

Here's an idea: Game Of Thrones owes its success to piracy.

If you're like us, you LOVE Game of Thrones. But if you're also like us, you may not, technically, have... cable. So how are we seeing this amazing show on HBO, which is stuck behind a pay wall? A huge amount of viewers (not us of course, no no no) are downloading the show illegally. But despite being the most pirated show of 2012, the Game of Thrones DVDs are top sellers, breaking HBO's own sales records!! Could it be that piracy is actually HELPING the show?!

Video Links:
College Humor - The Secret of HBO Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDUI9n...
The IT Crowd - Series 2 - Episode 3: Piracy warning
http://youtu.be/ALZZx1xmAzg

Text Sources:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau quote:
http://bit.ly/13bWiHQ
The German Association for Consumer research:
http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/6/150152
Study of the relationship between the box office sales numbers for small-or-targeted audience movies and the shutdown of Megaupload:
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.c...
The American Assembly Findings:
http://piracy.americanassembly.org/wh...

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