The season premiere of Showtime’s Homeland has been leaked onto the interwebs, and subtle finger pointing is aimed at journalists. According to Variety:
The circulating copy resembles the screener handed to critics at July’s Television Critics Association event in Los Angeles. The version in question is missing both the opening credits and a few special effects.
The version of the hit series starring Claire Danes has been downloaded off BitTorrent over 100,000 times. While Showtime declined to comment, last month Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of Time-Warner, Inc. waxed rapturous over HBO’s Game of Thrones ranking high as one of the most in globally pirated television shows, saying
that’s better than an Emmy.
So, wait, global piracy is good? But…but…I haz a confused. Aren’t all the pirates cutting into profits? Hasn’t Hollywood–the film and music business–been railing against piracy since file sharing began? Napster? Pirate Bay? Online pirates are the supposedly bane of the entertainment conglomerates who have tried to stamp out sharing sites through legislation, fines, and imprisonment. But wait, according to Time-Warner’s Bewkes, piracy builds word of mouth and actually increases subscriptions to HBO for those (like me) who are too technologically inept or chicken to use BitTorrent and other sharing sites.
Of course a leaked tape is good for business. Just ask Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian!
So one has to wonder, tin foil firmly in place, tongue firmly in cheek, if someone at Showtime leaked the television critic version of Homeland’s season 3 premiere episode to gin up interest and hopes that the blame will fall on the teevee typers.