The first episode was illegally downloaded 13 million times
Illegal downloading of Game of Thrones has reached a record high in season five, despite HBO’s new streaming service.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the season five premiere was illegally downloaded 13 million times, a new record for the series. Of those downloads, 10% were from the U.S., more than from any other country. One estimate found that piracy of the premiere episode cost $44 million in lost U.S. revenue, EW reports.
But the show’s legal viewership is also at an all-time high: the season five premiere had a record 8 million live viewers on HBO.