Ryan Lawler for TechCrunch:
What’s clear from the data is that not all the pirated downloads are coming from markets that didn’t have access to the show in the hours immediately after airing, and in fact, there’s a large number of viewers in the U.S. who just aren’t paying to watch the show.
Those behind Game of Thrones have suggested that a lot of the piracy stems from places like Australia, where the show faces a very long window before it’s available. And there is clearly quite the piracy problem there. But it’s not the number one market when it comes to pirating the show. That would be the U.S.
And it will remain the U.S. until we can legally buy the show immediately without a cable subscription.