The Walking Dead is not only one of the biggest shows on television it is also the third most pirated according to a report released by TorrentFreak. 3.6 million fans downloaded The Walking Dead in 2013 which is a staggering number. This makes The Walking Dead the third most pirated TV show of 2013 behind Game of Thrones with 5.9million and Breaking Bad with 4.2million.
Dexter also made the list landing at number 5 on the list just behind The Big Bang Theory.
The question I have is does piracy help or hurt the TV shows? Game of Thrones landed at #1 on the most pirated list and Game of Thrones Director David Petrarca is thankful that people are pirating the show helping to build ‘cultural buzz’ according to the Independent.
That to me is a pretty shocking statement that a director is happy to see viewers steal it off the internet versus pay to see it on HBO which is how the show makes money and can afford those extravagant set pieces, great writers, and cast.
How does stealing the show help the shows creators? Is the director out of touch? David Petrarca is not alone in his thinking since the CEO of Time Warner Jeff Bewkes which owns HBO said its better than winning an Emmy.
Gale Anne Hurd who is one of the producers of The Walking Dead does not agree with Time Warner’s CEO or Game of Thrones director one bit when it comes to pirating her show. Variety quotes her as saying the following in response to show creators who support piracy
“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,”
“I’m not sure they really understand other than anecdotal evidence that their ratings go up that the people who pirate are not then going to choose legal downloads or legal viewing in the future.”
Do you agree with Gale? Do you download shows to see if you like them and then go and buy them when they are released as a boxset? Where I live I can not watch Game of Thrones without paying for a super expensive cable package which is why I have to wait to buy the box set to see any episodes.
The Walking Dead on the other hand I stream on my Xbox for $30 a season completely legal. If Game of Thrones offered the same viewing opportunities would you stop pirating it? Would you like me pay to see it in a heart beat on streaming services like Itunes and Xbox?
What are your thoughts on Piracy? Does it help or hurt shows like The Walking Dead And Dexter?