New Piracy Record Set by Latest Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’

Shortly after its U.S. broadcast on HBO Sunday evening, pirated versions of episode five of the current season of “Game of Thrones” started to appear on file-sharing sites. Piracy-tracking firm Excipio notes that the episode was downloaded more than 2.2 million times globally in less than 12 hours. The new record comes “after HBO launched HBO Now with Apple and Cablevision, a $15-per-month broadband-only service that doesn’t require a pay-TV subscription,” reports Variety, suggesting that “an over-the-top Internet offering won’t necessarily put a damper on digital pilfering.”