Game of Thrones may be the most pirated TV show in the world right now, but The Walking Dead is still up there.
Security firm Irdeto tracked pirating intel across the globe between January and February 2014, and recently shared the results. Their research showed illegal downloads of Game of Thrones internationally reached over 1.4 million, almost 50 percent more than any other title. The Walking Dead was the second most popular show for illegal downloads, followed Homeland, Breaking Bad and Dexter.
"Programs start to be pirated literally minutes after the first airing of a show," Eric Antze, product manager at Irdeto told The Guardian of the U.K. "Within an hour we see pretty significant propagation of that content across the internet, and piracy is on the increase."
We just want instant gratification and we don’t want to pay extra for it — is that so wrong?! Well, yeah, maybe it is. And if you want more incentive to pay, not pirate, listen to The Walking Dead’s own executive producer, Gale Anne Hurd. “There’s a mistaken belief by many of my peers that piracy is somehow good, that viewers will develop a habit to pay for it,” Gale told Variety in 2013, adding that piracy “creates a habit,” and is essentially stealing, which shouldn’t be encouraged.
Even if piracy eventually leads to legitimate purchases, it’s still piracy. It’s a popular thing to do, and plenty of TWD fans have admitted to doing it themselves for various reasons, but do you do it with guilt? Tell us where you stand in the comments below.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.
Sources: The Guardian, Rapid TV News, Variety