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Game of Thrones is the most pirated show of 2016. Retains the title for 5th year in a row!

Game of Thrones is the most pirated show of 2016. Retains the title for 5th year in a row!


Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television, ever. However, in the so called golden age of television, most of the viewing ends up being on devices other than the television itself. Given how not all countries of the world are fully caught up with the concept of paying for streaming services, mostly because of the lack of decent internet services, most people choose to illegally torrent the shows they like. Given the popularity of Game of Thrones, it’s no surprise that the show has kept its spot as being the most torrented show of the year, for the fifth year in a row.

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TorrentFreak has released its annual list of the top torrented TV shows of the year. A few days before, the Daily Mail had falsely reported that The Grand Tour had crossed Game of Thrones to be the most torrented show, but this list proves otherwise. Game of Thrones is holding its top spot, firmly, and for five consecutive years, now. The Grand Tour does make an appearance in the list, but it is on the 10th spot.

The second spot seems to be held on to tightly by The Walking Dead. On the third spot, however, is HBO’s new kid on the block, Westworld. This is just another testament of how famous the new show, which has been touted as the new Game of Thrones-like success story for HBO, has come to be.

The final numbers apparently matched up to those from last year. TorrentFreak says it is because of people switching to streaming services. It has also been mentioned that torrents moved to HD resolution, with many pirates moving from 480p to 720p and 1080p, with better internet services available, and we guess also because of the H.265 video encoding lowering filesizes, which gained popularity among pirates.

Other than Westworld, Lucifer and The Grand Tour were the two new shows to enter the list. Although it looks like Game of Thrones will hold on to its top spot for the remainder of its life.

Which show do you think will take over the top spot once Game of Thrones is finished? Tell us in the comments, below!


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Palash Volvoikar 21. Goan. Full-time Geek. Failing in college while you fail in life. Staff writer at Wiki of Thrones.

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