Fans of the popular HBO TV series, Game of Thrones have been waiting for the upcoming Season 5 for some time now. Now even though the trailer of the Season is out, fans will be unable to check it out on YouTube since reports claim that it has been blocked on grounds of copyright infringements.
Foxtel, an Australian pay TV company, published an article along with the trailer of Season 5 but the embedded YouTube video has reportedly been blocked by HBO Singapore due to infringement of copyright.
Foxtel had cracked a deal with HBO that would allow it to be the exclusive provider of the TV show and in order to popularise the upcoming Season and increase the subscription, it had put up the teaser. "We hope you're hanging onto the edge of your iron throne, because Game of Thrones is back..." it noted on its article, reports TorrentFreak.
Sadly, it was pulled down as the trailer put up by Foxtel was claimed by HBO Singapore. Viewers in Asian countries will be able to view it but fans living in Australia, US, UK or anywhere else will not be able to watch it.
"This video contains content from Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte Ltd, which has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds," said a note on YouTube.
Copyright holders seem to be extra vigilant with any infringements since Game of Thrones has been one of the most pirated TV shows in history. The report also wonders why such geographical restrictions are even placed when the idea of a trailer is to popularize and promote the show further. This move has left many fans in the countries where it is blocked highly disappointed.