Game of Thrones BThe unsurprising news that Game of Thrones piracy is up for the fourth season premiere should come as no surprise to anyone.

Piracy tracking firm Excipio detected 1.17 million unique IP addresses accessing torrents of the season premiere within the first 15 hours of the episode popping up online. That’s more than “Thrones” racked up in the first 24 hours following its April 1 release of the third season last year, which reached 1.15 million.

But will that number be up the same as HBO’s ratings?  It’s got a long way to go if they are based on this:

 After waiting more than nine months for a fresh hour, roughly 6.6 million of them showed up for its fourth-season premiere, according to Nielsen estimates — up 50% from its year-ago opener (4.37 million) and triple the 2.2 million who watched the show’s inaugural telecast in April 2011.

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Apparently the lesson from the season finale of True Detective wasn’t enough for HBO to fix their streaming infrastructure after the season premiere of Game of Thrones crashed HBO Go again last night to the frustration of viewers.

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This might be the best twitter taunt I have ever seen

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III for BBC Two telemovie

Barbara Walters will retire from The View on May 16 – source

Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) will join Covert Affairs for season five – source


Welcome to Tuesday and our daily general discussion thread for anything and everything you wish to discuss about Television.

Here is today’s list of TV people with birthday’s today.

Skai Jackson (Jessie) 12
John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville) 54
Kirsten Storms (Days of our Lives) 30
Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) 33
Patricia Arquette (Medium) 46
Shelby Young (Days of our Lives) 22
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) 34
Sadie Calvano (Mom) 17
Shecky Greene (Mad About You, Laverne and Shirley) 88
Ty Panitz (Bones) 15
Richard Hatch (Survivor) 53
Trent Sullivan (H2O: Just Add Water) 21
J.R. Bourne (Stargate SG-1, Teen Wolf) 44
Emma Caulfield (Beverly Hills 90210) 41

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Tanisha and Verena

2nd: Karina and Kasey

3rd equal: Jaimie and Bec and Nikki and Jordan

5th: Trudie and Shelley

From now I think it comes down to each challenge.  If the challenge is up their alley, the duos will be at an advantage.  It is still anyone’s game.  I am glad we don’t have any dud pairings left.

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nicole-shortland-streetSteven Reid from Pleasant Point raises an interesting question in his letter to the editor of the Timaru Herald and asks:

I would like to know in Shortland Street why overt lesbian kissing and displays of same-sex affection, one in an Emergency Department (their workplace), are allowed to be aired on TVNZ by Channel 2 at prime viewing time.

This is an interesting question.  How many work places have you been in where there were fairly strict rules like “don’t screw the crew”?  I was under the impression that most employers regarded a little nookie on work time as a big no no.  Steven goes on, however: Continue reading »