Season five of HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones hasn’t exactly gone smoothly. Despite an exclusive deal with Apple to launch a stand alone HBO Go app, there have been some other less-than-awesome hiccups.
The first four episodes of the highly anticipated season were leaked online just days before the season premiere. They were instantly shared to all the major file sharing spots online. Game of Thrones is already the most pirated show of 2015, according to antipiracy firm Irdeto.
Now HBO has issues a cease and desist warning to Videology, a bar in Brooklyn that doubles as a screening room.
“They said that it’s not allowed to be shown in a public setting,” says the bar’s co-owner James Leet, according to Village Voice. “It’s hard for us not to show it, because our fans love it. And there are probably a dozen bars within a three-block radius of us that will be showing it. For them to single us out and tell us that we can’t show it is very disappointing.”
This isn’t the first time HBO has tried to reign in their content being shown publicly. They sent out similar cease and desist warnings in 2002 to establishments that were airing episodes of The Sopranos.
Videology has decided not to try to fight the warning, saying they will stop showing the insanely popular fantasy series on Sunday nights. They will continue their screenings of other popular shows though, like AMC’s Mad Men.
“We’re sorry that our fans will not be able to see it in the future here,” said Leet. “We know they really enjoyed it, and we’re sorry we can’t do that for them anymore.”