With more than 4.2 million downloads per episode, Game of Thrones was the most pirated television show of 2012. However, less than 24 hours after the HBO epic fantasy show's third season premiere, TorrentFreak reported the episode had already been downloaded more than a million times, with one torrent having more than 160,000 simultaneous connections. No torrent has had that many connections since September 23rd, 2008, when more than 144,000 people downloaded the third season premiere of Heroes at once.this points out several things:
TorrentFreak also broke down the locations of the pirates, finding that Australia had the highest piracy rate while London had the highest concentration of pirates amongst major cities. Despite the massive amounts of downloads, the television premiere saw 6.7 million US viewers, despite airing against The Walking Dead's season finale.
One: that some TV shows are seen by a lot more folks than reported.
Two: That a lot of folks find it easier to download their favorite show than to schedule their life around it.
Three: That pirating is so common that trying to make a law against it is chasing the wind: You simply can't find and fine that many people.
and yes, I download what I can't watch here, but no, I didn't download the Game of Thrones: we have HBO, but I found the series too violent for my tastes. Three murders in the first five minutes of the first show, and I just turned it off...