Game of Thrones retains the crown for most pirated show

HBO fantasy show Game of Thrones has yet again broken piracy records, with the latest epsiode garnering 2.2 million downloads only 12 hours after airing.

On the back of the first four episodes of season five leaking to file sharing sites early last month, episode five was the first episode in the season to appear after it aired worldwide on Sunday.

Variety quotes piracy-tracking firm Excipio which said that in the 12 hours following the broadcast, 2.2 million web addresses downloaded the show, the rate of which is unprecendented, showing how high in demand Game of Thrones is worldwide.

The top five piarte nations for episode five are the US (214,468 downloaders), Australia (167,301), Brazil (134,994), India (113,614) and the U.K. (107,857).

The news comes a month after HBO launched HBO Now, a $14 a month online subscription service designed to make it easier to catch the broadcaster’s top shows without resorting to piracy.

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