Game of Thrones season finale was the most pirated TV episode of 2013
The closing show of Netflix hit Breaking Bad was a close runner-up
The season three finale of fantasy drama Game Of Thrones was the most pirated television show of 2013, with 5.9 million individual illegal downloads via BitTorrent.
The show, from US network HBO, topped the list for the second year running, beating the five season closure of Netflix hit Breaking Bad, which notched up 4.2 million pirate downloads.
According to Torrent Freak, more than half of the Game Of Thrones downloads occurred in the first week after the show was broadcast, with the show breaking a record when 170,000 shared a copy of the episode at the same time.
Within just 24 hours, unauthorised copies of the finale had been downloaded over a million times.
Surprisingly, Game of Thrones director David Petrarca seems unbothered by the piracy tainting his show, having previously claimed to be thankful for the “cultural buzz” it helped generate.
The CEO of HBO's parent company Time Warner, Jeff Bewkes, even said that being the most pirated television show was "better than an Emmy".
HBO prefers to keep its content exclusive, which leads to a possible explanation for its high pirating rates. Similarly, CBS [behind The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother] has similarly restrictive streaming rules.
The most pirated TV shows by most downloaded episode:
1. Game of Thrones (5.9m)
2. Breaking Bad (4.2m)
3. The Walking Dead (3.6m)
4. The Big Bang Theory (3.4m)
5. Dexter (3.1m)
6. How I Met Your Mother (3m)
7. Suits (2.6m)
8. Homeland (2.4m)
9. Vikings (2.3m)
10. Arrow (2.2m)
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Ashya King missing: Police hunt five-year-old boy with brain tumour snatched from Southampton hospital by his parents
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
- 5 Friends reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard quits after falling ill
Friends reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
Strictly Come Dancing v X Factor: Simon Cowell blasts BBC over scheduling war
Doctor Who series 8: Ofcom will not investigate lesbian kiss
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
- < Previous
- Next >