Australia tops the list of countries that illegally downloaded the premiere of “Game of Thrones” Season 6. While over a million viewers downloaded the much-anticipated premiere in its first 12 hours, it still lags behind the Season 5 finale in terms of numbers.
According to Torrent Freak data, the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 finale saw 1.5 million illegal downloads in its first eight hours. The episode went on to set a BitTorrent record of around 14.4 million downloads, reveals News.com.au.
The blog has also revealed that more than 200,000 people shared the pirated copies of the show’s Season 6 premiere entitled “The Red Woman.” The show premiere was leaked ahead of its broadcast and it found its way to a Canadian website before it was taken down, states Inquisitr.
Torrent Freak reveals that according to the download location data, the show is very popular and highly downloaded in Australia, which makes up 12.5 percent of the total downloads. India isn’t far behind and accounts for a 9.7 percent. Meanwhile, the US and the UK make up for 8.5 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively. Other countries such as the Philippines, Canada, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia join in to complete the top ten list.
The publication states that despite the numbers, the data is affected by time differences. Its sample, which was made of 10,000 downloaders, was taken throughout a 12 hour period. It should also be noted that the data is applicable only to BitTorrent and the numbers might change if one accounts for streaming and direct download.
The “Game of Thrones” Season 6 leak indicates an inadequacy in HBO’s anti-piracy efforts. This is because the leak happened despite a ramp-up in its efforts. CNN Money reveals that the show’s makers did not even release screener DVDs this year. Also, because many piracy sites use a peer-to-peer network protocol, HBO will find it difficult to discover the identity of the original pirate.