Game of Thrones has a unique honor to its name. It became the most illegally downloaded TV show of 2012. According to latest numbers, it is not giving up that throne any time soon. Last night HBO aired the Game of Thrones Season 3 premier and in merely a day it has been downloaded over a million times. There have never been so many people sharing a file at the same time, with 160,000 simultaneous peers, its a new record. It broke the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever. Previously this record was held by the season premier of Heroes with 144,663 peers.
One of the main reasons behind this rampant piracy is the delay in airing for viewers outside the U.S. HBO has been working to plug these delays but adamant turn to piracy as they don’t want to miss out on the latest and greatest episodes. The data shows that Australia has the highest piracy rate, with a population of over 22 million. London was the city with the highest piracy rate followed by Paris and Sydney. The U.S. comes in at the top. We’ve got to ask, how did you watch the premier last night?!