View Finder: Dragon out the Game of Thrones suspense
As HBO leaks its own show, Netflix signs up some big names from American broadcast television.
It was a screw up that Robert Baratheon could be proud of had he not been gutted by a pig. For about an hour, HBO Spain made the next (and penultimate) episode of Game of Thrones season 7 available for download.
Though it was only available for an hour, that was all it took for rebroadcasts through live streaming platforms and bittorrent to make the episode widely available around the world.
This is the second leak of an episode this season, with a separate hacking also threatening to release scripts from this season's show in an extortion attempt.
HBO has blamed the leak on a third-party vendor, and while there was no official word that heads were going to roll, this is Game of Thrones we're talking about. There's sure to be tarred heads mounted on spikes before the end of the season.
Of course, the real tragedy here is the very real threat of spoilers from those who have seen the episode. Despite the leak, the broadcast schedule remains, so law-abiding Thrones fans have to try and survive until Monday without finding out what happens in Westeros.
Netflix getting creative (talent)
Netflix has been going gangbusters with its original content strategy (anyone else got a weekend of The Defenders planned?), but things seem to be stepping up even further.
While the streaming service is already doing really well, some recent announcements show that the company is not only succeeding in attracting customers, but also the creative geniuses that make some of the best TV we've seen.
In the past few weeks, we've seen the first trailer for Chuck Lorre (of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory fame)'s new sitcom, Disjointed, starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates. Then there was the news that Shonda Rhimes was leaving ABC in a four-year deal with the streaming platform.
Plus, the Coen brothers are making a Netflix original movie. And all of this is on top of the signing of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and, of course, Adam Sandler.
With Netflix throwing so much time, effort (and undoubtedly money) at the creative minds that have made some of the world's most successful TV shows, you have to wonder how other streaming services are going to compete.
Trailer of the week: The biggest Netflix hero is Claire Temple
I don't think there's any argument across the Netflix Marvel TV shows that the best character on any of the shows is Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple. And so while it's not really a trailer, given that The Defenders launches today and Netflix released this little video, it definitely claims top spot here.
Also streaming today is Stan's latest, The Other Guy, so make sure you check that out this weekend.
- Still looking for something to watch? Why not check out our full round-up of the shows launching in August?
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