Sky TV has admitted to the NBR that they were the ones that tipped off HBO that the first episode of Banshee was available for everyone in the world to see.
“Yes we pointed out the error. I’m sure they would have realised before long,”
Wonderful. Backward looking stupidity that will win them no friends.
An opportunity to generate some positive buzz from what was perceived as marketing genius and the eventual arrival of the future of television is now nothing more than a giant cock up.
I get that there are rights issues but it’s incredibly stingy and detrimental to deliberately undermine the goodwill generated by an apparent “mistake”. Why they didn’t just roll with it and gather some insight is simply beyond me.
There is absolutely no way that allowing the pilot to be left freely available would impact negatively on subscribers and it beggars belief that anyone in the pay television industry could see how it would do so.
This could have been a fantastic opportunity to introduce everyone to Antony Starr’s new character and ultimately convert them into subscribers.
Short-sightedness is such an unfortunate thing.