Australia is not the biggest downloader of Game of Thrones -at least it wasn’t during a two month period in data revealed by research company Irdeto.
That claim falls to Brazil, with nearly four times the amount of downloads as Australia. France was second and the USA third.
Australia landed in seventh place.
Between February 5 and April 5 this year, episodes from the first four seasons of Game of Thrones were illegally accessed through the file-sharing website BitTorrent more than 7 million times in total.
Aussies downloaded GoT 260,841 times, while Brazil was 935,990. Granted the list would be tallied differently if it were per capita, or if it was during the period when the show was on air.
Rory O’Connor, vice president, services, Irdeto said, Piracy is a tidal wave that cannot be controlled, only managed. There is a culture of ‘free’ where many people believe that it is acceptable to pirate these TV shows if they don’t have access to them through legal means.
“If we want to continue to have great TV shows like Game of Thrones, business models need to be protected. That’s why we are passionate about this mission and are investing in technologies and services to help content and rights holders monitor and fight piracy across all distribution formats and release windows.”
To address piracy HBO will be airing GoT in 170 countries simultaneously on Monday, at 11am AEST Monday in Australia. Foxtel has also offered a discounted 3 month subscription for its movies package, which includes the Showcase channel.
In second position as most downloaded show was The Walking Dead, with 5.7 million downloads, and in third was Breaking Bad (3.8 million) followed by Vikings and House of Cards.