Game of Thrones

Now TV: Game of Thrones gets triple the views of any other show

Game of Thrones has proved the most successful TV show “by far” on Sky’s four-year old over-the-top service Now TV, IBC delegates heard yesterday. Speaking on a panel named ‘What do audiences really want? The truth about changing TV consumption’, Now TV’s strategy and proposition director, James Alexander, said while some individual movies can return […]

HBO calls time on Game of Thrones after eight seasons

As expected, flagship HBO drama Game of Thrones will end after its eighth season. Showrunner David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had previously indicated the story would wrap after eight seasons, though US premium cabler HBO had hoped to extend the run to ten. HBO president of programming Casey Bloys has now confirmed Benioff and Weiss’ […]

UK media reacts to Brexit

Industry groups and companies are continuing to react to, and weigh the impact of, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. With the two main political parties in the UK involved in leadership battles and sterling and share indexes taking a post-Brexit hit, the media and creative industries have reacted to last Thursday’s vote. […]

‘Netflix effect’ forces shorter windows for drama

Release windows for drama programming are shortening dramatically in key territories, with a ‘pronounced change’ in the time between US shows airing domestically and hitting international channels. Research house IHS Technology has analysed the release patterns of US series in international markets. “Research clearly indicates that ‘the Netflix effect’—the policy of the streaming service to […]

Game of Thrones tops global TV Twitter traffic

Game of Thrones generated the most Tweets globally among 16 of the World’s most popular TV shows last year, with 16.646 million Tweets, according to research commissioned by UK electronics retailer Currys/PC World. Game of Thrones Tweets generated 133 billion potential total impressions, according to the survey. The Walking Dead came second in the list […]

HBO, Netflix ‘lead Amazon’ in terms of original content

Demand for key original series from HBO Now and Netflix far outstrips that for Amazon Prime Instant Video shows internationally, according to new research. Parrot Analytics’ study of the UK, US and Australian markets showed HBO’s Game of Thrones is by far the most demanded originally-produced series from an SVoD provider. The results were reached […]

Sky Deutschland reveals viewing habit variations

Viewing habits for different top titles vary hugely amongst Sky Deutschland’s base, with non-linear and binge viewing much more popular in the case of some series than for others, according to Jörg Allgäuer, VP, corporate communications, speaking at the Connected TV World Summit yesterday. Allgäuer said that 53% of viewers watch HBO’s Game of Thrones […]

BT strikes download-to-own deal for HBO shows

BT TV is to become the first UK pay TV provider to offer a buy-to-keep box collection of Game of Thrones and other premium shows shows through a new partnership with HBO Home Entertainment. BT said the deal would enable it to offer download-to-own versions of seasons one to four of Game of Thrones, with […]

Illegal downloads of Game of Thrones up 45%

Illegal downloads of episodes of Game of Thrones increase more than 45% year-on-year in the weeks before its season five premiere, according to data collected by content security firm Irdeto.  Episodes of seasons one to four of the HBO fantasy drama were illegally downloaded more than 7 million times between February 5 and April 6, […]

HBO Go adds to Romanian reach with RCS&RDS deal

HBO’s TV Everywhere service HBO Go has launched on the Digi Net and Digi TV platforms in Romania, adding to its existing footprint in the country.  HBO Go is available to authenticated customers of the RCS&RDS-owned Digi pay TV services that have the Maxpak package or pay for HBO as part of their subscription. They […]