The hit HBO series Game of Thrones continued its Season 5 run last night with "The House of Black and White" (CLICK HERE for our full recap). Patrons of a Brooklyn bar called Videology didn't get to watch the episode there last night, after the establishment was sent a cease and desist letter from HBO, asking them to stop its weekly viewing parties. Here's what an HBO representative had to say in a statement to the New York Daily News.
"As a pay subscription service, HBO should not be made available in public establishments. When it does happen, it is of particular concern when there is an attempt to profit off the programming. We have taken such actions for well over a decade."
Wendy Chamberlain, co-owner of the bar, said Videology is a paid HBO subscriber, and that they screened every Season 4 episode last year without incident. There are also several other bars in New York that screen Game of Thrones each week, but it isn't known if the network plans on stopping those viewing parties as well. Here's what Wendy Chamberlain had to say in a statement.
"Seeing that many other bars in the neighborhood and around the city were showing it, we made the assumption that HBO believed, as we do, that public screenings were in the best interest of both HBO and the fans, since GOT is enjoyed on a deeper level as a communal event. But in the end, it's not up to us."
Piracy has always been a concern for the HBO series, as the first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked onto the Internet before the season premiere. The Season 4 finale, which reportedly cost $6 million to produce, was pirated 1.5 million times in just 12 hours. Last week's Season 5 was watched on HBO by more than 8 million viewers. Do you think HBO should cancel these viewing parties? Or would they be something you would actually like to attend? Let us know what you think below.
Sorry guys. No Game of Thrones showing tonight. Or ever. Not our choice. #WinterIsHere— VideologyBar&Cinema (@Videology) April 19, 2015