Winter may be coming, but a HBO bill isn’t for many Game of Thrones fans. That’s because the George R.R. Martin medieval fantasy is the most pirated TV show on the internet, according to file-sharing, copyright and privacy news website TorrentFreak.
While Game of Thrones is the most downloaded TV show through peer-to-peer file transfer protocol BitTorrent for the fifth year running, it is in good company, followed by The Walking Dead and Westworld.
And, TorrentFreak noted, novice Westworld’s ascent to number three in its first year is “quite an achievement.”
Rounding out TorrentFreak’s Top 10 are: The Flash; Arrow; The Big Bang Theory; Vikings; Lucifer; Suits; and The Grand Tour.
This list includes the most torrented TV shows worldwide for a single episode in 2016 and is based on “several sources, including statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers,” TorrentFreak said.
A recent report in the Daily Mail, however, called The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson’s “show about adventure, excitement and friendship…[and] sometimes it's even a show about cars” on Amazon Prime “the most illegally downloaded show in history."
That’s based on what it called exclusive data from data platform Muso, which is focused on the online piracy market.
According to Muso, the first episode of the Grand Tour was illegally downloaded 7.9 million times alone.