It’s been four months now since the season finale of Game of Thrones yet it still remains the most popular target for online piracy.
According to a new report by Semetric, a firm that keeps track of online activity surrounding TV shows, videogames, movies and other types of media, this show’s episodes accounted for more than half of all the TV shows that were pirated on file-sharing networks. In fact, this was more than all the music that was pirated as well.
The finale itself, on these file-sharing networks, had almost 2 million downloads 24 hours after the show was aired.
With Emmy voters to HBO subscribers enjoying this show very much, it should come as no surprise that it is just as popular on file-sharing sites as well. Semetric not only analyzes piracy for data but is also tracking activity on Twitter so as to give media clients a better picture as to content that people are interested in consuming.
What the firm also found was that these active downloaders also enjoyed movies such as Out of the furnace, Knights of Badassdom, Anchorman 2 and Ender’s Game. Besides movies, some of the other TV shows that they downloaded were Archer, The Walking Dead, Vikings and Black Sails.
So, even though Game of Thrones now has the reputation of being outrageously popular on piracy networks, the data gleaned from them can turn out to be more than useful to media companies once they get past the idea that these individuals are stealing from them.