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Legally watching Game of Thrones is expensiveOther than its inherent popularity, the main reason that Game of Thrones is pirated is because it can be very hard and expensive to legally watch in many countries around the world. While many shows eventually end up on Netflix, Hulu,
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As you can imagine, there are a lot of people in the world who really want to watch Game of Thrones but don have $500+ to spare.
But is it really that simple?By this point, you probably aware that I oversimplified things to tell a more dramatic story. When you pay $30 per month for that HBO package, you usually get a bunch of other channels as well. Yes,
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The thing is, HBO knows this. Broadcasters around the world know this. But still, HBO does nothing about it. Why? Because, as flawed as the system appears to be, it still works. HBO is still making tons of money ($5 billion in 2013),
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HBO should set up a I pirated your show, here a donation I can afford and feel accurately reflects my enjoyment page.
Not a perfect answer, since there are plenty of people who still won pay, but at least it would give those who are willing to pay an avenue to do so. Those who can pay more, might be very generous. Those who can pay much, might at least pay something.
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The total cost for an episode of Game of Thrones in my country would be at around 20 dollars. However, anti piracy is not enforced in the least, so everyone is free to pirate away. So obviously I pirate it too. However, I would like to pay them back when I have the chance. Maybe buy it on DVD. If not they should set up a donation page. Plenty of people around the world don afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a season but would like to make a little donation. Even if the average donation would be about 2 dollars they would still make a couple of millions. You get catch up to the big sky channels, discovery and comedy central. Pretty good really. I do get your point though of forcing people into 12 month expensive contracts is idiotic. Still Sky where just as monopolistic as the cable companies in America, even possibly more so with sky running all the channels. Now they have been force to offer a subscription internet service to rival netflix and amazon.
I pirate this show because it more convenient for me the way I operate. I don want to wait until the air date, or the re air date, and time. I want to watch this as and when I please. It the same for ALL other TV shows.
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Now, I realise I leech the system and give nothing back, but it not through lack of want. I pay money for a seedbox to download torrents from a private tracker, and I pay money for Amazon Prime (including the delivery, etc). I am willing to pay for content, but it has to be on my terms and as cheap as I pay now (10pm for the server any more than it not cost effective for me to be legit).
I got hooked on GoT when the fourth season began airing so I bought all three seasons on Bluray and it was a spectacular experience to watch it this way for the first time. When I finished S3 HBO was around the fourth episode of S4 so I thought to myself wait for the season to end in June and I buy the Bluray shortly thereafter
But then the straw that broke the camel back was when I learned that HBO launches their GoT Blu ray seasons until February of the next year! Meaning the seasons ends airing in June and i would have to wait until two months before Season 5 begins airing, it ridiculous!