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Game of Thrones is third most pirated TV show

By Staff Reporter

Game Of Thrones was the third most illegally downloaded TV show of 2014 - for the third year in a row.

The last episode of the fourth season of the HBO fantasy drama filmed in Northern Ireland was downloaded more than eight million times - around double the number of the second place show.

Website Torrentfreak also reported that Game Of Thrones broke an all-time piracy record in 2014 when more than 254,114 people shared it with others simultaneously. More people now watch the show illegally than it has US TV viewers - 8.1m to 7.1m.

Despite this, Jeff Bewkes, CEO of HBO's parent company Time Warner, has said that piracy resulted in more subscriptions, and that receiving the title of "most-pirated" was "better than an Emmy".

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