Not on PB yet
Interestingly (or maybe not) the four episodes have been on KickAss overnight but are not (as of right now) on Pirate Bay, maybe indicating that downloaders are still wary of the latter after the chaos of a couple of months ago.
The first four episodes of the latest series of Game of Thrones has been leaked online – with fans reportedly downloading 550,000 illegal copies of the saucy, bloody fantasy drama in just 12 hours. Season 5 of GoT is set to air in the US tonight on HBO, while Blighty fans won't be able to view it over on Sky Atlantic until …
My favourite kind of topic! Can I just add that GoT is boring pablum for the masses, that I have NO IDEA AT ALL who Taylor Swift might be, that I wouldn't have a Facebook account if you paid me, that Charlie Chaplin was quite inferior to Husum d'Archiac, that...
...wait! WAIT! I haven't finished boring you yet!
Just to make an observation, people who watch leaked episodes before the official air date, and people who wait for the DVDs at a good price, are missing out on the social aspect of the series. Part of the enjoyment of series like Game of Thrones is talking about it with friends - just as going to the pub to chat after a trip to the cinema is a good part of the evening.
"Part of the enjoyment of series like Game of Thrones is talking about it with friend"
You can say that about any TV series - but it doesn't matter one iota to those of us who don't give a rat's arse about "the social aspect" of a series.
I have yet to see a single episode of Game of Thrones. I probably will see it, eventually, when it really is old news and everyone else is talking about the next big thing (after the next big thing after the next big thing). I couldn't give a flying frig about that.
Just to make an observation, people who watch leaked episodes before the official air date, and people who wait for the DVDs at a good price, are missing out on the social aspect of the series. Part of the enjoyment of series like Game of Thrones is talking about it with friends
AFAICT people who download leaked episodes are just as likely and keen to talk about it with their friends (who are more likely to have also downloaded those leaked episodes), as those who watch on the broadcaster's schedule.
Meanwhile, anyone who is interested and literate just rolls their eyes at the old news.
The social aspect is why any staggered release is bad... IMHO, all TV should be broadcast in all locations on the same day, i.e. GoT should be broadcast in the UK on the same day as US otherwise people WILL download it, the delay is the prime reason for downloading TV rather than watching it live or on a local On Demand service...
IMHO, all TV should be broadcast in all locations on the same day
Putting aside any copyright considerations, how would you suggest achieving this when dealing with countless broadcasters worldwide, with each effectively being a completely different customer and each with different priorities as to what they want to show?
As for a 'local' on demand service, which one? And how many of those are there spread across the globe?
For that matter eliminating time differences entirely is probably impossible given the time differences between countries. Taking GoT as an example the first episode was I believe broadcast Sunday night in the US, but even if it was broadcast in the UK at the same time it would have been the early hours of Monday morning.
Just to make another observation, one very contrary to those from the MPAA and others, a large percentage of the people who watch leaked episodes ARE the people who wait for the DVDs at a good price and ARE the people who watch it normally and talk about with their friends in social environments.
There's no mutual exclusivity here.
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They are low resolution, but the audio is in sync and they are perfectly watchable. The production values are such that a high quality version is worth paying for.
Some other news outlets say they were not review copies, but copies for subtitle translators - which makes a bit more sense, because a) one would want reviewers to see a good quality versions, and b) reviewers were treated to a screening of the (not disappointing) first episode some weeks ago at the Tower of London, with after-party.
>Two, possibly, but 40% of the forthcoming series?
It worked for iDSoftware and Doom! : D
If it was a cock-up, then the fact that only four episodes mighyt be a sign that HBO half expected a leak somewhere - otherwise they would have released the whole series to translators/reviewers.
Unfortuantely I'm on Virgin so don't have Sky Atlantic. The only way I get to watch it legally is to wait for the dvd/blu-ray.
I can't imagine why anyone thought putting it on a channel half the country don't get was a clever idea!
Can't imagine how I'd be able to watch it... Yarr...
To get the same feel of GoT, I just watch C-SPAN (I guess watching the Houses of Parliament could work; and with the occasional fist-fight, it might be better), flipping randomly to the Playboy channel, and any of the Saw movies.
It consists of horrible people doing horrible things to each other in the name of gathering and keeping power. (Plus boobs).
"At the rate he's writing, pretty soon the TV will be the spoilers for the books."
I finally made an effort to get into GoT at the beginning of the year (I had watched the first few minutes of Series 1 Episode 1 several times in the past but didn't get any further than that), watched all 4 series, then started on the books. Finished the first 4 books and just started on the 5th, and realised that there was a gap of 6 years between 4th and 5th books. If the 6th book takes as long to appear and if the TV series continue to rely on that as source material then by the time it appears the fickle fans and producers of the TV series might have moved on to the next "big thing" and have forgotten about GoT.
Apart from a few deviations the TV series seems to follow the book pretty closely, a lot of the dialogue are almost word for word. It is a much more faithful adaptation than the abysmal "Legend of the Seeker" TV series portrayal of "The Sword of Truth" series of books, which turned out to be more like a comic book version aimed at a pre-adult audience. Eg in the books, the Mother Confessor is supposed to be reserved, dignified and cautious, in the TV series she becomes headstrong, reckless, dual dagger wielding brawler always seeming to be spoiling for a fight.
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