It was announced this year that Game of Thrones had become the most pirated TV show of all time, with people downloading illegally left, right and centre. Not because everyone is such bad asses that they just love being the wrong side of the law, but really because there was nowhere to actually stream it properly.
Now though, the TV network behind the show are planning to change that with a standalone streaming service that will become available in 2015. They do already have HBO Go of course, which is available to cable subscribers, but this service will be available to all, well in the US anyways, but I'm sure they'll get to us lot eventually.
Chairman and CEO of HBO Richard Plepler said Wednesday at a Time Warner Inc. investor meeting; "That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” he said. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.”
"So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States,” Plepler continued. “We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them."
Of course, it's not only Game of Thrones that will be available on the service, with the network also behind a rake of other TV shows such as True Detective and The Leftovers. All of which are watched on Sky Atlantic over on this side of the pond, will they follow suit with a similar service? We'll have to wait and see.