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US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich wants you to please stop pirating Game of Thrones

By Barcham - 26 April 2013 90

THRONES

Canberra’s US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich is a big fan of Canberra, which endears him to us here at RiotACT.

He’s also a big fan of Game of Thrones, which also has a fair amount of popularity with us.

He has posted on his official Facebook account a very polite request for Australia to please to stop downloading Game of Thrones.

Does this make this a matter of foreign policy?

Earlier this month, my family and I joined millions of others in watching the premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones. For those who aren’t already fans, it is a great epic chronicling the devious machinations of rival noble houses fighting for supremacy. Unfortunately, nearly as epic and devious as the drama, is its unprecedented theft by online viewers around the world. The file-sharing news website TorrentFreak estimated that Game of Thrones was the most-pirated TV series of 2012. One episode was illegally downloaded about 4,280,000 times through public BitTorrent trackers in 2012, which is about equal to the number of that episode’s broadcast viewers. In other words, about half of that episode’s viewers stole the program from HBO. As the Ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world. While some people here used to claim that they used pirate sites only because of a delay in getting new episodes here, the show is now available from legitimate sources within hours of its broadcast in the United States.

In 2012 I paid for a season pass for the second season and felt quite good about it. I then discovered that because I’m in Australia I couldn’t get the episodes in HD, and I would have to wait over a week after the episode aired before I could access it. Then I felt a little like I wished I had just stolen it.

I can certainly see why someone would torrent it. (I can even see why someone might pay for it AND then torrent it anyways. So they get a reasonable quality product on time while still supplying HBO with money, not that I’m admitting to anything).

Johnboy would like everyone to know he paid for it also.

What do you think Rioters?

What’s Your opinion?


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US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich wants you to please stop pirating Game of Thrones
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johnboy 11:25 am
26 Apr 13
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OOOH YEAH!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3b7fZIT0nk

“From here to there,”
“From here!To there!”
“Three boys, a goat,”
“And a dancing bear!”

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Barcham 11:35 am
26 Apr 13
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“Game Of Thrones” Actors Doing Normal Stuff Is So Weird

Quick more links so nobody realises that this story isn’t really about Canberra, but is more about how much we love Game of Thrones.

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goggles13 11:36 am
26 Apr 13
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if the show was on free-to-air tv here in Australia (other than ABC or SBS), I would most likely record it and skip through the ads. under this scenario, I would not have paid to see it, nor purchased anything from the companies advertising during its screening. so have I stolen the show?

it is unlikely that I would burn the show to DVD, nor buy official DVDs. I don’t do this for most shows I watch.

I do however agree that if I then burn a downloaded copy to DVD, rather than purchasing an official DVD, I am denying the show money for seeing it.

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ScienceRules 11:48 am
26 Apr 13
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Some people I’ve spoken to would love to support the show by downloading from iTunes or similar but have said that they are frustrated by being unable to then watch their content on other platforms (say a TV) as well as the iPad.

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Solidarity 11:49 am
26 Apr 13
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Um what about all those people that downloaded the series, watched a few episodes, decided it was crap and deleted it?

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Diggety 11:54 am
26 Apr 13
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I really like Jeffrey Bliech, it was good having him on Q&A to correct all the Assange disciples too.

But mate, when it comes Monday afternoon around 4pm, I’m doing the dirty download to get my GofT fix. I’m just far too poor to watch it legally… Sorry!

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Deref 11:57 am
26 Apr 13
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It sounds interesting. Is it shown on TV here?

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johnboy 11:59 am
26 Apr 13
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I have an appletv

it cost $99, it’s the size of a hockey puck and it puts my shows onto my TV, as well as streaming my music into the TV speakers.

When I’ve got a new episode available of shows i’ve bought I get an email.

It works really well and if you can’t afford $40 for a season of a quality show you like then you need to re-evaluate your life IMHO.

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Rollersk8r 12:02 pm
26 Apr 13
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People always make excuses – oh I would pay for it, but I don’t really like major corporations like Apple or Fox, or I can’t get it in the exact format I want, or I only download it now because I always buy the DVD later…

Bottom line – stealing it is incredibly easy and people will continue to do so while they can.

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Diggety 12:12 pm
26 Apr 13
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johnboy said :

I have an appletv

it cost $99, it’s the size of a hockey puck and it puts my shows onto my TV, as well as streaming my music into the TV speakers.

When I’ve got a new episode available of shows i’ve bought I get an email.

It works really well and if you can’t afford $40 for a season of a quality show you like then you need to re-evaluate your life IMHO.

But what benefit is there to paying $130 compared with $0 for the same result?

Not as much sex in this season is there? A bit slower than normal too. But still an incredible show.

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NoImRight 12:20 pm
26 Apr 13
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Rollersk8r said :

People always make excuses – oh I would pay for it, but I don’t really like major corporations like Apple or Fox, or I can’t get it in the exact format I want, or I only download it now because I always buy the DVD later…

Bottom line – stealing it is incredibly easy and people will continue to do so while they can.

Cue the Pirate Party to yabber on about how ripping off someone else’s work without paying them anything is really doing them a favour.

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Mr Evil 12:28 pm
26 Apr 13
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So, it looks like I’m the only person who hasn’t bothered watching this crap?

Actually, I do tell a lie: I watched portions of about two episodes, before deciding that it was utter crap.

Next fad, please!

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Dilandach 12:37 pm
26 Apr 13
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Rollersk8r said :

People always make excuses – oh I would pay for it, but I don’t really like major corporations like Apple or Fox, or I can’t get it in the exact format I want, or I only download it now because I always buy the DVD later…

Bottom line – stealing it is incredibly easy and people will continue to do so while they can.

That’s only if you dismiss those valid concerns.

The content providers are determined to stick with a distribution method that is unsuited for today and something that the vast majority don’t want.

Why if I want to watch GoT (not that I’ve watched a single episode yet) do I have to sign up for a large package of channels that I don’t need or want to watch when I only want to watch *one* show? Why do I need to be locked out geographically when I have my money and be willing to pay the price of the show?

People are only responding to the options that are simply not there. The studios and distributors are unwilling to meet those demands because there is a perception that if they enable global access then the distributors will lose out on their slice of the pie, they want their cut and they don’t want the studios to provide it directly to the consumer.

Give me a subscription that is not geoblocked, globally released at the same time, HD quality, is charged by the shows that I watch and not in packages of shows and movies that I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot clown pole and that I can do whatever I want to do with the files so I can play it on my PC, tablet, laptop or HTPC.

There are millions of people wanting the service that doesn’t exist. That is why there is such an issue with torrents. People want to pay what they use and not pay for what they’re not using. I don’t want 5 channels of sports, I don’t want cooking or music channels, Why should I be paying for old comedy shows that are on FTA?

Dismissing it all as “yeah, people just don’t wanna pay.” is not looking into the reasons behind it nor when people are given the opportunity to pay they usually do.

I see the amount of people doing it as “TAKE MY MONEY! PLEASE!” but no one is listening or willing.

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johnboy 12:47 pm
26 Apr 13
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If you don’t like Game of Thrones you’re an awful person.

Ditto if you don’t pay for it.

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Dilandach 12:53 pm
26 Apr 13
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johnboy said :

If you don’t like Game of Thrones you’re an awful person.

Ditto if you don’t pay for it.

I have the first two episodes sitting on my HTPC, I just haven’t watched them yet. I’m a busy guy, cyclists don’t read signs themselves!

As for paying for it… well, no comment.

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