Well, that didn’t take long. Just a day or so after essentially saying that piracy has helped build some positive momentum for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, director David Petrarca has clarified that is absolutely not what he meant to say.
Petrarca made waves with his comment that piracy has helped the show build some “cultural buzz,” as Thrones is both a massive hit and among the most torrented shows in existence.
In a followup with the Sydney Morning Herald, Petrarca made sure to let everyone know he is completely against any form of piracy:
“I am 100 percent, completely and utterly against people illegally downloading anything. Nobody wins by illegally downloading content.”
So, to the surprise of no one, the piracy debate rages on. But Game of Thrones fans are definitely in one of the most precarious positions. Aside from actually paying for HBO on cable or satellite, there aren’t really a lot of good options to watch the show. The network has an acclaimed streaming app in HBO GO, but it's only available for subscribers.
Fans have been clamoring for a standalone version they can pay for outside the TV ecosystem, though HBO argues it doesn’t make financial sense at this time. But if piracy keeps growing at this rate, that could change sooner rather than later.
What do you think HBO should do?