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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.


Graham Blake
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
I hope the piracy sigh was a sigh about how difficult (impossible) HBO makes it for people without cable to watch their shows. That significantly affects the piracy levels. This is not a cavalier "information wants to be free" fact. This is an "information wants to be convenient" fact. So long as piracy is more convenient than legitimate on-demand streaming, expect it to happen in huge numbers for such a popular show within the "Internet demographic".
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Yeah, we're struggling with our bills, and HBO was one of the luxuries we had to let go. I'm hoping to be able to hijack my parents' TV when I visit over there and catch up. I miss being able to watch the show, and wish there was some easy way to do so.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
This exactly. GRRM, I love your story, but HBO is nearly inaccessible to me due to financial restraints. I can only afford to purchase the DVD sets as they come out, which is what I plan on doing. But I simply cannot afford another $100/month or so on entertainment when I already have netflix and hulu subscriptions, as well as a family to feed, bills to pay, etc.

Especially when, for me, cable/satellite is useless otherwise.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Legitimate on-demand streaming of GoT isn't inconvenient, it's impossible. You get cable, or you get no legal GoT. HBOGo is practically useless because you can't buy it separately. It's HBO's right to do it this way, and supposedly it benefits them financially, but it means they make no money off me until the DVDs come out. I happily paid $1.99 for the new Dr. Who episode the other day. It's too bad HBO hasn't updated their business model since 1987.
Henning Bauer Westbye
Apr. 3rd, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
Here in Norway and some neighboring countries HBO just started an online service called HBO Nordic a couple months ago. It's the first time that HBO is available here, and episodes becomes available the day after they air in the US. It doesn't require any cable subscriptions or such for us, and it has a fair price IF you want to watch a lot of HBO programs and commit to a full year. If you committ to a full year it will cost 79 NOK a month (13.5 USD). But if you don't want to commit it will cost 129 NOK a month (22 USD). Since I'm currently only interested in watching Game of Thrones it would cost 66 USD (for three months), and I don't think it's worth it as it's about the same price as the Blu-ray set on the release day. So if you don't have a similar service in the US, they might be working on it releasing it some time in the future.

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Jake Blackwell
Apr. 4th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
This is so true. we were paying $80 a month to get cable just for HBO. I own collector's sets of the Blu-Ray version for both seasons but I just can't keep up that monthly upkeep. So I swab the decks of piracy every week.
Apr. 4th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh
I would definitely do that.


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