Feel as you may about the ending of Games of Thrones season 5, one thing’s for sure, it’s breaking records all over the place.
Online piracy is bad right? I think HBO would argue that it is and for good reason. The season 5 finale of Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded more than any other episode and set a world record for online piracy.
“The season finale of Game of Thrones has set a new piracy record, with 1.5 million downloads in eight hours, a number that will swell to over 10 million during the days to come. In addition, the episode is also broke the all-time record for the number of people sharing a single file at the same time.” Torrentfreak
That’s a ton of sharing and awful news for HBO, they must really be hurting – or maybe not.
One other record that the finale smashed was one that made the folks at HBO very happy.
“That trumps the Season 5 premiere’s then-record breaking 8 million viewers. It’s also up 1 million viewers versus the Season 4 finale (7.1 million). (TVLine)
For HBO there’s a yin & yang to Game of Thrones. They have found a weird balance of huge ratings and huge piracy. Good or bad, people are still watching which is the most important thing for them.