Game of Thrones director not worried by piracy

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Game of Thrones director David Petrarca has said that the hit show hasn't been hurt by piracy at all; in fact, it may have helped.

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According to TorrentFreak, Game of Thrones was the single most torrented show on TV last year, with 4.3 million downloads per episode.

But speaking at the University of Western Australia as part of the Perth Festival, GoT director David Petrarca said that unauthorised downloads didn't matter — and that they actually helped generate a "cultural buzz" that was beneficial for the show and other similar programs.

"It's how they survive," he said.

Game of Thrones has proven successful for HBO, averaging 10.3 million viewers per episode, and it's already the third most viewed show in HBOs history.

Season three begins airing in the US in March.

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JamesF4 posted a comment   

If you are small, then piracy is good, because it gets the word out, and increases ratings. If you are large, then it is bad for your bottom line, but it doesn't make you unprofitable necessarily. Of course, if the piracy is stopping you from getting money, then that is a downside, so it may be worth finding a better way to get the word out.


StolenIdentity posted a comment   

Someone give this man a medal.

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