Illegal downloads of Game of Thrones soar before new season

The series is an adaptation of books by George RR Martin

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Epic fantasy series Game of Thrones has been named the most pirated show on television with illegal downloads jumping 45 percent in the three months leading up to the April 12 season five premiere.

Rights management and piracy protection firm Irdeto found that episodes in season one to four had been illegally downloaded more than 7 million times in 2015 so far, compared with 4.9 million during the same period in 2014, Sky News reported.

The study focuses on the period between February 5 – April 6 and shows that Brazil-based fans were most engaged in illegal downloading, with France and the U.S. second and third respectively.

According to file-sharing news site TorrentFreak, the HBO-produced season four finale was illegally downloaded 8 million times last year.

The series is an adaptation of books by George RR Martin and revolves around the struggle between noble families who seek a place on the Iron Throne in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

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