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Winter Is Coming....

... to the United Kingdom, courtesy of our friends at Sky Atlantic.

It will arrive at April 18 on the dot. One day after the American premiere.

So keep your swords sharp, boys and girls, and sign up for Sky Atlantic.


Feb. 22nd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Also, for those who don't know, Sky is owned by Rupert Murdoch, to some known as the Evil Media Baron. I have a Brit friend who was very much looking forward to the arrival of "Game of Thrones" and of "Treme" in the UK, only to learn that they're both on Sky, a network to which she refuses to subscribe as a result of the Evil Media Baron connection.

Glad I don't have that problem in Canada!
Feb. 22nd, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I am no fan of Murdock's politics either, but I tend to think such boycotts are pointless, and often do more harm to innocents than to their intended targets. Rupert isn't going to miss your friend, but your friend will miss some good shows, the product of the labor and creativity of hundreds of decent people, many of whom likely share the same values as your friend.

To be consistent, your friend must be refusing to read the UK editions of my books as well. HarperCollins Voyager is also owned by Rupert Murdock's News Corp.
Ian Haigh
Feb. 22nd, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Apologies for this long post:

I see the points you're raising and it has made me think a little harder before just blindly saying no to Sky. However, with the books, you are buying just the book whereas, with a Sky subscription you are paying for various programmes, most which I have no interest in whatsoever. I am not going to pay however much it is for a Sky subscription just to see one show, despite the fact I anticipate it'll be the best show for a long time, if not for all time...

So, two options seem open to me: wait for a DVD release (which could take an agonisingly long time but would still be worth it) or the other option which I have heard mentioned. I would rather not resort to viewing it online though, as that's not fair on all those who have put so much effort into GOT.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
He owns EVERYTHING!!! :o

Is he truly that terrible, I ask you. Does he lead a tyrannical police-state that oppresses the masses and executes dissidents?
The Chinese government does, among many others, but everybody seems to buy from them regardless. Hypocrisy at its worst*.

*That last part is directed at Thefirsalicat's Brit friend, not at GRRM, of course.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
It *is* rumoured he owns a political party...
(has the role of Lord Tywin Lannister been cast yet? Oh yes Charles Dance. Scotch that rumour!)
Feb. 22nd, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that your were politically inclined Mr. Martin. I think it would be great if you made some policical blog posts during the NFL off-season. That would be great! I am sure that your millions of fans would love to hear more about your personal politics.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Uh... I've made plenty of political posts.

They usually set off a storm of comments, a fair amount of flaming (the worst flames are removed by my assistant Ty), and the usual handful of "I am never buying your books again, you dirty commie liberal" declarations.

Nonetheless, I intend to keep on commenting.

When I have the time, that is. Right now I don't.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: politics
Go George! Don't let those idiots silence you! It's good to see that at least someone is standing up for themselves in a world where people who speak freely are being silenced by the powers that be.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
I am no fan of Murdock's politics either, but I tend to think such boycotts are pointless, and often do more harm to innocents than to their intended targets

Yes, I lean more toward your view of this kind of boycott, but I do admire my friend for remaining true to her principles, even though it means she's missing some excellent telly - and books! Not sure how she's managed to read AGOT, now you point that out....
Feb. 22nd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I also disagree with Murdochs political views. I didnt know that about HarperCollins. Fingers crossed that Murdoch changes his political views by the time the next book comes out. I like to take a favorable view of humanity and believe and hope that given enough time anyone can change.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Isn't the entire purpose of the boycott to advocate/cajole/harrass others who derive income, etc. from the perpetrators (Murdoch in this case) in order to galvanize more people to your cause? All the citizens who bravely spoke up against Don Imus did so with the obvious potential cost to all the employees of his sponsors, not to mention his tv and radio stations...but in doing so, they put sufficient pressure on these companies to get rid of him? Sure, its obvious that protesting against Murdoch in this manner wouldn't get results as quickly, but that doesn't make it any less 'right' to protest in the same manner. I'm pretty sure that when the Civil Rights movement led protests against businesses, it had an impact on many "innocent" parties too, but that is what leads to change.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
Re: Boycott
Suggestion: Ser Martin could threaten to stop working on "A Dance with Dragons" to bring down Harper Collins and Rupert Murdoch`s evil empire. We all could threaten Harper Collins not to buy the book (once it comes out) to bring down this abominable Media Czar.


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