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Baratheon vs Stark vs Targaryen vs Pirates

Game of Thrones exhibition at the O2 arena

There’s a right way and a wrong way to reduce digital piracy. Here’s the right way:

“In an unprecedented move, Game of Thrones will premiere in over 170 countries and territories across the globe simultaneously with HBO’s U.S. airing on Sunday, April 12 at 9:00pm ET,” HBO announced via press release. “The entire fifth season of the Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Peabody-winning series will be simulcast to HBO branded networks and broadcast partners across the world, creating a global television event week after week throughout the season’s 10-episode run.”

No more having to choose between waiting for the show in your market or pirating it, now everyone will be watching, and talking about, Game of Thrones at the same time, although the time zones will likely mean you’ll want to avoid social media a few hours in both directions if you’re sensitive to spoilers.

I’m always a year behind Game of Thrones, preferring to buy each season when it (finally) comes to the iTunes Store. It’s either that or deal with Comcast’s BS about adding and then deleting HBO — and like the former Secretary of State, I like to opt for convenience.

But HBO Now is coming to Apple TV next month as a standalone, á la carte purchase, which has me thinking that I might want to binge-watch the rest of Season 4 before April 12 comes around.