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October 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

HBO, which has long resisted making its hit shows available outside of the cable systems that sell the pay-TV channel, said on Tuesday that it has begun putting several of its hit shows on sale via Google Play. Priced at $3 for for a single episode or $30 for an entire season, the shows include Game of Thrones, True Blood, and The Newsroom as well as several other lesser-known series. The unavailability of these shows to non-HBO subscribers has helped fuel illegal downloads and has made Game of Thrones what Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes called “the most pirated show in the world.” (In August Bewkes feigned not to be concerned with the piracy, saying that it led to more word-of-mouth discussion of the series. “Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs[cribers].”