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Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones sets new illegal download record

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By Gillian West, Social media manager

June 22, 2014 | 1 min read

The season four finale of Game of Thrones has become the most pirated TV show to date with a quarter of a million people sharing a single file at the same time.

During the first 12 hours since airing the HBO show was downloaded illegally by around 1.5m people, with that number expected to rise to over 7.5m.

According to the Demonii tracker just a few hours after the first torrent of the fantasy drama appeared online 254,114 people were sharing it, smashing the previous record of 200,000.

When Game of Thrones was named the "most pirated" show of 2013 Jeff Bewkes, CEO of HBO's parent company Time Warner, called the accolade "better than an Emmy" as it led to more subscriptions.

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