I'm not sure what the content providers expect. I pay for Internet but don't have cable TV. In order to have HBO Go, Charter requires cable TV…. which makes no sense as HBO Go is for Internet. If I had cable TV I could just watch it on TV. There will always be that will pirate but for a fair price people would pay for it. But nobody I know who doesn't have cable is going to subscribe, THEN pay for HBO on top of it, just to see one show…. even one with dragons. The gatekeepers need to step into the modern times with the rest of us.
According to"The latest episode of Game of Thrones has broken the record for the most people sharing a file simultaneously via BitTorrent. More than 193,000 people shared a single copy yesterday evening, and roughly 1.5 million people downloaded the episode during the first day."