Game of Thrones Tops List of Most Pirated TV Shows for 2012

HBO's "Game of Thrones" was the most pirated TV show this year. In fact, more people illegally downloaded an episode of the show than watched it when it originally aired.

I think part of the reason why the numbers are so high may have to do with the fact that the only way to watch Game of Thrones legally is to subscribe to a television provider like Time Warner or DIRECTV. But to do that means that you have to subscribe to a bunch of other cable channels most people are never going to watch. For decades, cable companies have been kicking around the idea of "a al carte programming" instead of the package deals they currently offer.  But in doing this, they know that that certain channels would never get any viewers. This has always been a sore spot for most HBO viewers. Why do I have to buy other channels to see one or two shows on HBO? Why doesnt HBO simply offer their content online a day or even a week after it airs, like most other television networks?

As for me, I dont watch much television anymore. I cancelled my service to DIRECTV several years ago to save money and figured I would just watch stuff over the air or through the internet. And this scenario is not that uncommon. More and more people are dropping their bullshit cable services and watching what they want either through Netflix, streaming stuff online directly from the networks or torrents.

It's time for networks like HBO to seriously re-think the way they distribute their content.

Here's the full list of the top torrented TV shows for 2012, according to Aceshowbiz.com:

1. Game of Thrones - 4.28 million downloads
2. Dexter - 3.85 million
3. Big Bang Theory - 3.2 million
4. How I Met Your Mother - 2.96 million
5. Breaking Bad - 2.58 million
6. The Walking Dead - 2.55 million
7. Homeland - 2.4 million
8. House M.D. - 2.34 million
9. Fringe - 2.9 28 million
10. Revolution - 2.13 million

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