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Season Four!!!

HBO has officially renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season. (And I'm almost finished with the first draft of my script. No, sorry, not going to tell you which one it is).


Record ratings for our season three premiere, "Valar Dohaeris."


Also (sigh) record levels of piracy.


On other topics... no, no, Peter Dinklage is NOT being replaced by Warwick Davis in the role of Tyrion. That was just HBO's little April Fools joke. (I was so busy I forgot to make my own April Fools joke). So calm down, boys and girls. Peter is still with us.


Apr. 8th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Poor marketing begets piracy. That is my opinion having lived outside of US for last 15 years. In an era of global Internet and instant access to content, the studios (and HBO among others) stick to ancient formulas of staggered releases, waiting for "locally customized/translated" version, and often simply not even legally offering the content (because some exec has decided it will not sell in the particular market - relevant for many US TV shows). And it is not even the case of not having Cable subscription (like in US) to get HBO - in many places HBO is simply not even available. Worse - in many places even the BD or DVD versions are not available. I wish media industry finally entered 21st century. People who want the content will get it - it is not even that particularly difficult. If you don't want to sell to them then they will get it elsewhere (it is a general phenomenon anyway - war on drugs or prohibition example comes to mind). What is amazing me is that for all the complaints, media industry does not seem to want to make money and leaves it off to pirates without a fight. And yes, some of it is caused by legal constraints (say French requirements to dub everything which takes time and cost or Chinese censorship that simply bans any foreign content) but why not simply allow paid downloads of DRM content off US sites (or even allow some middle-men - say Amazon, to sell such downloads) - I would argue a lot of people worldwide would do so.


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