The “Game of Thrones” season six premiere has made history of sorts in Australia. Not only did Aussies top the list of illegal downloads, but they also set the record viewership as far as pay TV is concerned.
Aussies love “Game of Thrones” as was evident in the numbers recorded yesterday. Foxtel, Australia’s top pay TV service, recently revealed the latest viewership figures for the season premiere.
CNet informs that the pay TV giant recorded 1,224,000 viewers for the “Game of Thrones” season six premiere. However, the million plus viewers weren’t logged on a single session. Around 727,000 viewers were clocked in the initial overnight session. This is still 31 percent higher than the season five premiere. The rest of the viewership numbers came from over 15 different airings and repeats on Foxtel channels.
ITWire explains that apart from initial viewership, the overall numbers too are 33 percent higher than last season. However, “Game of Thrones” still could not defeat “The Voice” on May 9 which garnered 1.4 million viewers.
Foxtel owns the sole rights to broadcast “Game Of Thrones” in Australia. Hence, the numbers are no magic. However, The Music believes that it is Foxtel and its business model that is nudging Aussies to download it illegally. Their report includes a post by John Hyslop, where he has compared Foxtel subscription to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
“Our only legal option for watching your show is Foxtel … as you may not have had any experience as a customer of their services, I will put it as concisely as possible: using Foxtel is like hitting up an all-you-can-eat banquet at a cheap Indian restaurant,” said Hyslop in his post on HBO’s Facebook page.
“It costs you $30 to get in when all you really wanted was the butter chicken, and your only memory of the whole experience is the burning sensation left on your ring the morning after,” he added.
Australia was previously in the news for topping the list of “Game of Thrones” pirates. ANN had reported that over a million viewers downloaded the season six premiere in its first 12 hours. In terms of percentages, Australia made up 12.5 percent of the total downloads. Australia was followed by India (9.7), the US (8.5), and the UK (6.9).