Torrent sites are reporting brisk business with illegal downloads closing in on two million – with the first episode only airing on HBO a couple of days ago.
There’s no specific data about whether the recent Dallas Buyers Club decision has changed the behaviour of local torrenters but it’s a fair bet there are some locals availing themselves to an early peak at the latest episodes.
According to a statement by HBO it’s believed the leak was an inside job that originated within a group approved by HBO to receive the new episodes. The company is “actively assessing” how the breach occurred. One assumes some jobs will be lost and a court case will ensue.
The leak is a significant blow to HBO. Having recently launched their own streaming service to go up against Netflix in the USA, they now face potential losses if the recent pre-release leak of Expendables 3 is anything to go by.