Game of Thrones sets piracy records as industry debates how to curb Australians' downloading habits

Posted in: Online TV/Music at 18/06/2014 19:35

A record number of Game of Thrones downloads this week shows industry moves alone will not curb piracy, according to the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) chief.

In a new agreement between the home entertainment industry and film exhibitors, movies will now be released for legal download or on DVD 90 days after screening in cinemas rather than 120 days.

AHEDA CEO Simon Bush said the industry was trying to make content available sooner to prevent Australians illegally downloading.

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Game of Thrones piracy war: Choice says Foxtel has itself to blame for illegal downloading of hit show
Consumer group Choice says Foxtel only has itself to blame for the number of Australians watching pirated versions of hit show Game of Thrones, which set a new record for illegal downloads on Monday night.

The season four finale was downloaded roughly 1.5 million times in the 12 hours after the show went to air, according to internet tracking site TorrentFreak.

That makes it the most pirated program in history, and thousands of Australians were among those watching.

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