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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere was pirated 55 million times in 24 hours!

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere gets pirated 55 million times

Game of Thrones has been the most popular TV series in the world for a long time. This accomplishment also brings it another title. The title of the most pirated TV series in the world. Game of Thrones Season 8 recently premiered after a wait of nearly 600 days, and needless to say, a lot of people watched it. The figures on piracy are now out, and apparently, the episode was pirated over 55 million times in the span of one day! Read on!

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We had recently reported about the official viewership figures that came from HBO, which came up to 17.4 million, including live TV, and HBO’s streaming services. We now have global insight into the viewership figures, thanks to analytics firm MUSO. The piracy numbers highlight a gap in HBO’s availability.

MUSO determined about 55 million instances of piracy in the first 24 hours of the episode airing. 76.6 percent of these came from various illegal streams online. 12.2 percent came from downloads, 10.8 percent came from public torrents and 0.5 percent from private torrents.

Apparently, 10 million of these views came from India, and 5 million came from China. It’s curious to see high numbers from India as this year fans can watch Game Of Thrones online on Hotstar at the same time it airs in the USA and that too by paying $2.9/month which is way cheaper than $14.99/month that’s charged by HBO Now in the USA. Almost 4 million also came from the US itself, which is enough indicator to show that piracy isn’t going anywhere. Not even if there are legal means available, but HBO could begin by making their services available in more countries.

Just to put things in perspective, the most viewed episode on TV was the finale of M.A.S.H. It garnered over 120 million views, back in 1983. These figures could be at least matched by Game of Thrones finale, but the fact that there’s so much piracy means that we will probably never see it officially happen.

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Fans spotted two water bottles in Game of Thrones Season 8 finale

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HBO releases photos from the series finale of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones did it again. The series finale — Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne” aired today, giving the show an epic conclusion. However, there was one tiny fault. They forgot a couple of water bottle in the frame. Read on!

After the last goof where a coffee cup was spotted in the frame, leading to $2.3 billion of free advertising for Starbucks, you would think something like it wouldn’t happen again. However, in today’s episode, two water bottles managed to make its way into the scene.

Both the bottles were spotted in the Dragonpit scene, where Tyrion is brought for a trial in front of all the lords and ladies of Westeros. The first bottle seemed to find its way to this very reputable company, sneaking right next to John Bradley’s leg. Looks like Samwell Tarly was thirsty. The second water bottle was next to Liam Cunningham’s leg. He played Ser Davos on the show. Take a look:

Well, at least it wasn’t as up and front as the coffee cup. The fans still managed to spot it, as eagle-eyed as they are. HBO is yet to comment on this goof.

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Emilia Clarke pens an emotional goodbye to Daenerys and Game of Thrones before the series finale

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Nobody is Emotionally Ready for the Ending of Game of Thrones, Not Even Emilia Clarke!

Game of Thrones is in its final hour. The last episode of Season 8, which is also the series finale, airs in a few hours, and one of the biggest stars of the show, Emilia Clarke, took to her Instagram to say an emotional final goodbye to her character, Daenerys Targaryen. Read on!

Emilia’s performance as Daenerys has been magnificent over the years, and in the latest episode, we saw her character take the Mad Queen turn, extracting a performance from Emilia that was stellar, no matter how the episode was received. In an Instagram post, Emilia played homage to the character, and everybody involved:

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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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She shared a picture with all her co-stars in costume, one with the stars and the showrunners, chilling, one of her beautiful braided wig, and a selfie.

She reflected upon how the character has shaped her and thanked the fans for watching and loving her. She also wished that her father could see all that she has achieved.

Well, we’re sure he would be proud of her. Game of Thrones series finale airs in a few hours. Are you ready? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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Here’s why HBO couldn’t keep Game of Thrones 100% leak-free despite so much security

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Episode leaks, plot point leaks, images and screengrabs flying out of spoiler accounts hours before airing – Game of Thrones Season 8 has seen it all. This, despite the seemingly ironclad security measures HBO has supposedly put in place. What went wrong?

HBO’s overseas distribution structure, says this Vulture report. Simply put, it is virtually impossible to keep Game of Thrones 100% leak-free if it is to be distributed in almost all corners of the world.

HBO is a channel, and not exclusively digital content curators like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. Their streaming service HBO Now has millions of subscribers, but to reach further shores they have to partner with third-party operators in many countries – like local cable company (Spectrum or Comcast), satellite services (DirectTV), and local/global digital content providers (Hotstar, Hulu, Amazon).

Now many of these channels that carry little or no HBO branding – and HBO isn’t involved in the distribution process through every step of the way. This is ripe territory for leaks to happen since HBO’s own security measures are not always in place. The recent leaks bear out this assertion. Both Episode 1 and 2 of Season 8 were leaked by such partner concerns of HBO – DirectTV and Amazon Prime.

So is it entirely impossible to prevent leaks like these?

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Well, not exactly. HBO could have chosen a tighter distribution route by keeping it limited to their own channel, but it would have opened another can of worms which is arguably much worse for business – piracy. An HBO operative quoted in the Vulture report puts it like this: “You can say, ‘We’re gonna hold it off and not deliver it,’ but you know what’s going to happen three minutes after we start airing it here? It’s going to start getting pirated.”

Plus, that is unfair to both the global viewership of Game of Thrones and HBO partners in many countries, some of whom have had entire subscription drives based on Game of Thrones airing rights.

There is also the fact that leaks seem to have no effects whatsoever on the show’s popularity. Game of Thrones episodes, images, and plot points have been leaked online for years – but the viewership has only grown. A stray spoiler or two can definitely mar or affect the viewing experience of a fan, but it’s very unlikely to prevent them from viewing the episode itself.

HBO seems to have decided spoilers are better than piracy and let their international distribution model run as usual for Game of Thrones Season 8.

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