House of the Dragon Episode 1 leaked to torrent sites and piracy networks ahead of release

Home of the Dragon Episode 1 has been leaked on torrent websites and other piracy-enabled networks, in different variants of high quality and file size (from 262MB to 2.29GB). While most copies of the Recreation of Thrones prequel footage are arguably real, given the logged in screenshots and consumer reviews attesting to their legitimacy, some are fraudulent and only exist as a decoy to load viruses and malware on the computer systems of unsuspecting people. And since Home of the Dragon is launching immediately online – available on HBO Max and Disney+ Hotstar – the real pirated copies have good video and audio quality. Devices 360 does not condone illegal file sharing. It’s down to regulation and filmmakers have to be paid for the content they create.

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The leaked first pro version of Home of the Dragon episode 1 was released on torrent sites around 8:20 am IST on Sunday, August 21 – almost 24 hours before launch – in Full HD 1080p resolution and includes audio . (House of the Dragon airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Max wherever available and 6:30 a.m. IST on Disney+ Hotstar in India.) High-definition piracy is an ongoing concern for TV shows, as they are more simply recorded than movies on the large display screen. Plus, Recreation of Thrones is no stranger to leaks. For what it’s worth, Home of the Dragon is also available in 4K HDR – at least on HBO Max – but there’s no leaked 4K version at the time of writing.

Created by Ryan Condal (Colony) and George RR Martin – the latter is the author of A Track of Ice and Hearth, the series of books that have been adapted for the eight seasons of Recreation of Thrones – Home of the Dragon is about about 200 years before its father or mother sequence. It chronicles the beginning of Home Targaryen’s peak, which culminated in the famous Targaryen succession dispute, often known as the Dance of the Dragons. Unlike Recreation of Thrones, Home of the Dragon will roll out a number of time jumps throughout its 10-episode first season, with the cast also swapping roles over the course of the season. The Thrones spin-off could tackle an anthology format as early as season 2.

In Home of the Dragon, Paddy Considine stars as the fifth ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, King Viserys I Targaryen, Matt Smith as Viserys’ younger brother and heir apparent, Prince Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy and Milly Alcock as Viserys’ firstborn, Princess Rhaenyra. Targaryen, Olivia Cooke and Emily Carey as Rhaenyra Girl’s best friend Alicent Hightower, Steve Toussaint as famed sailor Lord Corlys “Sea Snake” Velaryon, Eve Finest as Corlys’ wife and queen who never was, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Fabien Frankel as expert swordsman Ser Criston Cole, Sonoya Mizuno as Daemon Mysaria’s trusted ally and Rhys Ifans as Alice’s father and the Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower.

Episode 1 of Home of the Dragon premieres August 22 at 6:30 a.m. IST on Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes air every Monday at 6:30 a.m. until October 24.

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