Game of Thrones is a show on HBO. It's kind of a big deal. I don't watch TV but even I've heard of it.
The show is so popular, in fact, that it's apparently one of the most pirated shows on TV. Let's take this straight to the top. HBO is owned by Time Warner. What do you think CEO Jeff Bewkes has to say about people watching without an HBO subscription?
"That's better than an Emmy."
According to the TW big cheese, the word of mouth generated by piracy is even more valuable than the prestige earned by an Emmy.
"We've been dealing with this for 20, 30 years," he said during a company earnings call this week. "People sharing [subscriptions], running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you're right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. That's better than an Emmy."
On the other hand, Tom Adams, research director for US Media at IHS Electronics & Media, points out the down side. "Where piracy is really eating the industry’s lunch is DVD sales. It’s shrunken that business by several billion dollars. But something tells me that wasn’t on Bewkes’s mind when he made that statement."
Yeah, probably not. Hey, have you read this The Oatmeal comic? There's probably a moral in there somewhere...
Source: Yahoo! TV
Image Credit: Time Warner
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen