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Russian pay-TV set for Game of Thrones boost

How on the heels of the announcement that Game of Thrones has added Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov has joined the series as Styr, the Magnar of Thenn, HBO has more good news for the show’s famously fervent Russian fanbase, with the news that next year the new series will debut in Russia at the same time it does in the US, as opposed to having to wait up to five months to see new episodes, as has previously been the case.

This is thanks to a new deal with Len Blavatnik’s Amedia pay-TV group, a deal many think could help with the threat of piracy: “Game of Thrones” is one of the most popular programs on Russian torrent sites.

Pay-TV channels have had difficulties in Russia partly due to the ready availability of pirated content, but in August a new law was introduced cracking down on websites hosting illegal film and TV content.

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