You're wrong though. The problem is that the content (HBO Canada) is owned by the content distributor (Bell Canada), which also owns the streaming service I do pay for (CraveTV).
They use GoT and other programs as a method of enticing people to sign up to their cable service, which costs $100+ a month.
Is it legal for them to do this? Sure. But I cancelled my streaming service in protest and then proceeded to stream the first few episodes of GoT online for free.
Which, brings me to my second point: while downloading (uploading) a torrent is illegal, free online streaming site aren't (for the viewer).