Theon Greyjoy Talks Game Of Thrones Piracy

Australia loves Game of Thrones, and it's no secret that we'll do almost anything to get our hands on the latest episodes, even if it means breaking the law. You'd imagine that everyone involved with the smash-hit swords and arrows epic would have an issue with the theft of their work, but it seems that Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), for one, isn't fussed by the idea of downloading the show.

TorrentFreak recently ran statistics that name Australians as the worst offenders for pirating the TV-adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic book series.

Based on an analysis of one episode, 10.1 per cent of all the people downloading it called Australia home, and it's getting worse. More people now download the HBO show illegally than watch it on TV, with 3.9 million downloads per week versus 3.8 million HBO viewers.

Speaking at Supanova Sydney yesterday, Alfie Allen, who plays the often disliked Theon Greyjoy on the show, gave a brief but telling insight into his attitudes on pirating the show.

My view on it is, is you know, I guess it's the same as music. Music should be out there and available to the people. But at the same time, HBO pay my wages, so go buy the DVDs.

A brief statement, but a statement nonetheless. It's not going to hold up in court if you say Theon Greyjoy told you to do it, but it certainly gives us a small insight into how the issue is perceived on-set.

Image: HBO, Luke Hopewell


Comments

    My stance is this;
    I download the show when it comes out and the second it hits Bluray, I buy the Bluray.
    I'm a sucker for this show... an incredibly impatient sucker.

    I think it's okay to download a show so long as you have the intention of buying it when it is available which I've done. As well as bought all the books after watching the first season.

    Such a good series!!!

    Besides if you wait until you can get it here.....it will have been spoiled over facebook and amongst the people you know who download illegally. Sorry, its the only way to keep up....so I've heard

    I pirate the show, buy the boxsets (apparently my Blu-Ray season 1 is now a collector's item because of the post-George Bush head edit? Cool!). It's a shame HBO doesn't offer a la carte streaming in Australia, it feels like they're leaving money on the table. I'd love to pay them a monthly fee to watch their content, because they've given me way too much (Deadwood, The Wire, Entourage, Curb etc).

    I know their shows like Game of Thrones are crazy-expensive and I want them to keep making them. I also want them to KNOW what makes them money, so sure I'll pay them to get GoT and cut out the cable middle man. The only thing premium cable networks get from Foxtel etc is distribution (despite the prevalence of internet streaming) and advertising/marketing (don't really see the point, no-one watched Game of Thrones or Girls here because they saw a bus advert, it's all word of mouth).

    Its funny I have Foxtel and i have all the channels and yet i still pirate it because i cant be bothered to wait for it to come out the following week. The fact that i always forget to series link it with no easy way to catch up on all the episodes i would have missed is annoying. All episodes should be available to review up until about 6 weeks after the show has finished showing in scheduled times.

    I pay for FoxTel and don't want to wait a week + to see a show that's already available online. When it's released State side I download the show and enjoy it then. When it finally aires in Australia a week later I may or may not watch it.

    +1 stream+download it HD for a reasonable price and I will pay. $2 or $3

    Here are my options for free to air in Australia:
    A) go and watch some retarded crap like Revenge, Packed to the Rafters or Winners and Losers while EVERYONE on the internet is telling me how great Game of Thrones was last night.
    B) Download the show and watch it right away. Buy the DVDs when they come out, which I always do.

    What do you think people are more likely to do?

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