The Game Of Thrones set an internet piracy record last weekend after the air of the season 4 finale. Over 250,000 people watched the episode simultaneously as it was aired, however over 1.5million people illegally downloaded the episode within the first 12 hours of it being available on torrent sites, shifting over 2,000 terabytes of data.
But are the motives of these pirates all bad?
The term piracy is usually followed by the image of teens and tech geeks maliciously downloading movies day after day for a profitable gain, however a contradictory argument really does show that this just isn’t the case. In fact, quite a high percentage of the population have commit this crime at least on one occasion. But why do they do it?
No, it’s not for the profit they could make from selling copies of the shows; it’s much more than that. Netflix and LoveFilm are a great paid streaming services… until the novelty wears off. Personal experience of these services as well as shared views all point towards one thing – the variety just isn’t enough!
There are thousands of shows and movies, however the content just doesn’t cut it for users who want to watch what they want, when they want it. It’s nigh on impossible to find enough decent movies that aren’t already overplayed on TV in order to arrange even a movie marathon. Users just aren’t satisfied. TV packages aren’t much better either, charging at heavy costs whilst showing repeats that are years old whilst exposing us to mass advertising and mind numbing programmes.
So how does this link to piracy? Well, remember that night you had to work back late and missed an episode of your favourite programme, but it was never available on repeat or on a channel’s catch-up streaming service? It’s reasons like these that some of the most law abiding individuals turn to piracy, but doesn’t this seem rather silly when there are so many easy solutions to resolve this and prevent it from happening again, such as providing additional catch-up streaming services or repeating the things we want to watch and not out of date programmes every day which are up to 20 years old.
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A need for knowledge has always been a driving force in the human race, hence the need for the likes of Wikipedia and Google pages, or even daily newspaper and gossip magazines. The TV programmes we watch have a very similar impact, making us question what will happen next in our beloved series, however currently services available just aren’t fulfilling the public’s needs.
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