Feb. 27, 2013 | 1:26 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ piracy comment rejected by HBO

“Game of Thrones” fans, HBO has a message for you: Don’t take your downloading tips from director David Petrarca. The premium pay channel issued a terse statement Wednesday morning countering Petrarca’s comments suggesting that “Game of Thrones'” distinction as the most pirated show on TV is actually a good thing. “’Game of Thrones’ is sold worldwide, available legally on a large variety of viewing platforms and is one of HBO’s most popular series,” the statement said. “With that kind of success comes a great amount of social media chatter so can’t say we see an upside to illegal downloads.” QUIZ: Test your “Game of Thrones” knowledge Petrarca comments were pinging around the blogosphere this week after he suggested that piracy can contribute to a show’s “cultural buzz” and added: “That’s how they survive.” The comments were documented by the Sydney Morning Herald […]
Feb. 27, 2013 | 12:18 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ director: Piracy helps HBO series thrive

This post has been updated. See the note below for details. Were you — or your “friends” — feeling a tiny bit guilty about illegally downloading HBO’s “Game of Thrones”? Probably not. But if you were, banish the thought. Director David Petrarca downplayed the series’ unusual distinction as the most pirated show on TV, suggesting that illegal downloads help create “cultural buzz” around shows and adds to their word-of-mouth cachet. “That’s how they survive,” Petrarca was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. Petrarca, who has directed several episodes of “Game of Thrones,” was making an appearance at the University of Western Australia for the Perth’s Writers Festival. The notion that piracy is not only not detrimental, but also might actually be instrumental to a show’s success stands in sharp contrast to Hollywood’s party line — that piracy is devastating to […]
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