Entertainment and BitTorrent websites are reporting the first four episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones are available, unofficially, online. The series, with its fifth season set to begin officially later today, is one of the most heavily pirated shows around the world.

HBO confirmed the leak, stating, “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”

Message boards are speculating that the leak may have come from a subtitle service that translates the show into other languages. In addition, viewers who need their fix of dragons, white walkers and copious nudity right now should know the torrents’ image quality is less than HD.

The cable network plans on broadcasting the first season five episode simultaneously around the world at 9 pm Eastern Time. It is also set to start streaming through HBO Now, its streaming and on-demand service for subscribers, and HBO Go, its new stand-alone streaming and on-demand service, a few minutes after that.

Via Torrent Freak and Variety. Photo by Rogier Noort/flickr.

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