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Game Of Thrones Season 6 Premiere Triggers Piracy Craze

Data gathered by TorrentFreak estimates that after half a day, over a million people have downloaded the episode via BitTorrent. At the time of writing, more than 200,000 people are actively sharing one of the three most-popular torrents. […] A brief inspection of the download locations of the most popular torrent shows that Game of Thrones pirates come from all over the world, as we’ve seen previously. The show is particularly popular in Australia (12.5%), India (9.7%), United States (8.5%) and the United Kingdom (6.9%). The top 10 is completed by the Philippines, Canada, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

‘The Godfather Epic’ Seven-Hour Cut Streaming on HBO Now

HBO NOW is good for many things: for catching up on those shows you’ve been missing, for watching films exclusively airing on the premium network (including pretty much all the Police Academy movies, if that’s your thing, sure), for using your parents’ password to take advantage of their disposable income… But there’s something else the streaming service has that you won’t find anywhere else: a seven-hour cut of the first two Godfather films, edited in chronological order. – Britt Hayes, ScreenCrush

HBO’s Sesame Street is the battlefield in the streaming wars for kids’ TV

Just how much does kids content matter to streaming services? Research firm eMarketer estimates that by 2019, digital video penetration among kids aged 11 and under will reach 74%, up from 68% in 2013. They also say that most kids are gifted an electronic device capable of streaming video between the ages of eight and 11. Netflix says that roughly half of all of their subscribers (more than 30 million people worldwide) regularly watch kids’ content. That’s way more than the number of people who will slog through Marco Polo. – Brian Moylan, The Guardian

HBO Isn’t Netflix. Which Is Why It Should Stay With Time Warner.

While HBO sort of looks like Netflix — HBO has about 95 million subscribers and probably generated $5.6 billion in revenue last year; Netflix has 70 million subs and probably did $6.8 billion — Wall Street loves Netflix because Netflix is growing very, very fast. And HBO isn’t[.] – Peter Kafka, Re/code

Hackers are selling lifetime access to Netflix, HBO Go, Spotify and more for just a few dollars

photo: BGR

These underground services can only be accessed using TOR, but once you’re inside, you can purchase access to pretty much whatever you’re interested in getting. Access to stolen HBO Now and HBO Go accounts sells for less than $10 while premium pro sports services costs under $15. Spotify access sells for under $2. […] Interestingly, the hackers selling these services provide “guarantees” that buyers will have access to lifetime subscriptions, meaning that the original buyer isn’t likely to cancel his or her streaming subscription service. – Chris Smith, BGR

HBO Chief Richard Plepler Makes Case for Big Providers to Offer Its Streaming Product

photo: The Wall Street Journal

Amid growing industry concerns about cord-cutting, Mr. Plepler said he believes the pay-TV industry is moving toward offering “skinny” bundles, smaller packages of channels. He said that outcome would benefit HBO, putting it in reach for more households. “What people really want are bundles that don’t have 500 channels,” he said. – Amol Sharma, The Wall Street Journal

HBO can’t do anything to stop Game of Thrones piracy

Depending on how one looks at it, Game of Thrones piracy is a problem HBO is lucky to be dealing with. After all, the show nets more viewers via illicit means than many other shows attract altogether. From that perspective, Game of Thrones is so good, so compelling, and ultimately so addicting that those without HBO will do any and everything in their power to catch the latest episodes just after they air. Of course, HBO doesn’t quite look at it that way. As we reported a few weeks ago, HBO in April began going after individual pirates, sending thousands of warnings to suspected pirates via their corresponding ISP. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Netflix’s not-so-secret plan to kill TV

At the heart of Netflix’s plan to take on TV, aside from its affordable monthly rate, is original content. In a relatively short amount of time, Netflix was able to pivot from a company that primarily sent subscribers DVDs to a media powerhouse with an impressive stable of its own original programming. From House of Cards and Marvel’s Daredevil to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Arrested Development, the value proposition of Netflix’s exclusive content is slowly but surely starting to rival HBO. – Yoni Heisler, BGR

HBO Cracks Down on Paying VPN “Pirates”

Although they are paying customers, using HBO Now from outside the U.S. is not permitted under the company’s terms of use. While Netflix is still fairly lax about geo-unblocking, HBO is now cracking down on the practice. A few days ago thousands of VPN and proxy “pirates” started to receive worrying email warnings. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

HBO Now: Opening the Floodgates for Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Services

The HBO GO and Crackle examples show how content producers can avoid cannibalization of revenues from an established customer base: Avoid going direct, or go direct with lower quality content. But if you don’t go direct, you may forgo opportunities for customer acquisition and customer data collection. Ultimately, HBO’s leap of faith to go direct may succeed because HBO has prime content to attract cord-cutters or cord-nevers who don’t value pay-TV subscriptions, validating the old adage, “content is king.” – Nelson Granados, Forbes
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