The Wolfhall takes a look at whether making it to the headlines is always good news or not?
Friday was quite a happening day for the TV show industry. An unaired episode of the Game of Thrones latest season was released online and HBO had nothing to do with it. The episode as expected took the internet by storm as millions of individuals made remarks on social media of how great the episode was. Hackers earlier in the week had managed to gain access of HBO’s servers but the leak apparently was from a different source.
As reported by the Verge the episode leak came from the distribution end Star India. One of the spokesman of Star India regarding the issue in an interview to the verge mentioned that “This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” he added that “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”
Yesterday I saw numerous posts on Facebook about how Game of Thrones was the best show ever produced. Game of Thrones certainly made the headlines on Friday but the question is that whether HBO wants this kind of publicity? The leaked episode’s quality was extremely poor and fans just for the fear of not coming across any spoilers had to either shut off their social media accounts or watch the episode in poor quality.
HBO utilizes the services of Star India to carry out its operations in India. HBO would now need to reconsider their policy as there are also reports that Star India through its website Smartprix allows people to download Game of Thrones episodes freely. This is a serious dilemma for the entertainment company and it would need to consider a way out of this problem too soon.