This week’s episode of Game of Thrones was not only the most watched episode in the history of the series, but it was also the most “illegally” downloaded episode of all time as well. Conservative estimates suggest that the episode was downloaded around 1.5 million times in the 12 hours after it first aired. Over the course of the week, figures suggest that roughly 500,000 Australians will have downloaded the episode of the hit HBO series. Pay-TV network Foxtel has bleated black and blue about this, and is currently in the process of pressuring governments to bring in new legislation that forces Internet Service Providers to crack down on customer activity. But consumer group Choice has come out and attacked Foxtel, saying that they’ve only got themselves to blame.
“It expects people to pay for a whole range of products when they may want [just] one. You’re getting Real Housewives of every city, rather than just Game of Thrones, which you want. It also locks people into viewing content on particular devices. They’re developing this. Ultimately the problem is there are few competitors to Foxtel in Australia.“