With season 5 of the “Game of Thrones” TV series set to premiere on HBO this Sunday (12 April), a huge increase of piracy for past seasons of the epic fantasy series have been recorded, with fans making more than 100,000 illegal downloads each day.
Anti-piracy and security firm, Irdeto has cited that the show have been illegally downloaded more than 7 million times this year in a span of three months, between 5 February and 6 April 2015, The Guardian reports.
Last year, the show also topped the world’s most pirated TV show with more than 8 million downloads via BitTorrent, according to TorrentFreak.
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The country with the most illegal downloads of the show is Brazil, with almost 1 million downloads, followed by France, United States, Canada and finally the United Kingdom.
With 7 million illegal downloads, “Game of Thrones” is the most pirated TV show followed by “The Walking Dead” (5.7 million), “Breaking Bad” (3.8 million), “Vikings” (3.4 million) and “House of Cards” (2.7 million), based on Irdeto’s research.
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“Piracy is a tidal wave that cannot be controlled, only managed. There is a culture of ‘free’ where many people believe that it is acceptable to pirate these TV shows if they don’t have access to them through legal means. But if people want to continue to have great TV shows like “Game of Thrones”, business models need to be protected,” added Irdeto.