Time Warner: “Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world, That’s better than an Emmy”


Salladhor Saan – Wealthy Pirate Lord from Lys

During yesterday morning’s earnings call, Time Warner CEO Alan Bewkes was making the usual pitch for higher affiliate fees, greater appreciation of the company’s TV shows and films and…. piracy?

In response to a question from investors as to whether the company see’s the mass theft of the show Game of Thrones as a compliment, Bewkes said:

I have to admit it, I think you’re right. The much-discussed fantasy series is HBO’s most popular TV show, and if you go to people who are watching it without subs, it’s a tremendous word-of-mouth thing….

We’ve been dealing with this for 20, 30 years—people sharing subs, running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you’re right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world and that’s better than an Emmy.

–  Alan Bewkes

We have always known that HBO take a more “unusual” approach in terms of tackling piracy, but to have the exec. of Time Warner come out and say that having the most pirated show in the world is “better than an Emmy” is completely unheard of.

Give us your thoughts on it in the comments below!



  1. Many of the fans (And me included) just love the show and want a better way of the show to be distributed globally. We have been driven down to our scurvy ways however they make their plunder when we buy their blurays and Dvd. I have all three season as special editions.

  2. I’m sure the execs read this thousands of times daily, but here it is again: Make HBOgo standalone, like netflix or huluplus, and watch your “subs” completely skyrocket.

    1. Sam Woodman,

      Figure out who owns HBO and then you’ll know why standalone HBOGo isn’t happening real soon.

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