Going by a report on the news blog of BitTorrent called TorrentFreak, 12.5% of the illegal downloads in the world of Game of Thrones season six, episode one were done in Australia. And this was done within the first 12 hours of the broadcast of the show in US. If we look at it countrywise, then India came close as a second offender with 9.7% illegal downloads. US and UK followed India and made to the list of most illegal downloads with 8.5% and 6.9% illegal downloads, respectively.
And half the illegally downloaded material was in high definition resolution and bandwidth was not bothered with at all by the pirates which seems to be a new trend among the pirates around the world as reported by TorrentFreak. To start with the entire thing, there were a sample of 10,000 downloaders over a 12-hour period but then this data can be believed to be a little skewed owing to time differences between the countries and continents. Oh, the news report hasn’t taken into account other forms of piracy and the data only includes downloads made through BitTorrent. Other forms of piracy include streaming and direct download sites.
But this episode still could not beat the record set by season five finale episode last year which saw a total of 1.5 million downloads in the first eight hours. The number reached 14.4million later. The premier episode of season six was still being downloaded till Tuesday morning and 200,000 BitTorrent users have been reported to be sharing copies.
Vincent Varney of Pages digital had something to say about the illegal downloads and the impressive numbers in Australia. He remarked, “it may simply be that Australians really, really don’t want to pay for Foxtel.” The premier episode which was aired on Foxtel’s showcase channel broke records too, for being the most watched program in Australian subscription television history. It’s Game of Thrones. It always breaks records.