Winter Is Buffering: HBO GO Down During ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere

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Most of the time, HBO GO works great. You choose what you want to watch and it streams to your television, computer, phone, or tablet. As many people discovered last night, however, the service is not flawless. During the highly anticipated premiere of the fourth season of Game of Thrones, HBO GO went dark, failing to load and leaving many fans none too happy.

This isn’t the first time HBO GO has let users down at extremely inconvenient times for fans of the network’s shows. The service also quit working during the also much anticipated True Detective finale in March. An HBO representative told TechCrunch that the outage was “due to overwhelming demand around the premiere of Game of Thrones.”

Shortly after the service went down last night, the HBO GO Twitter account began offering status updates. “Looks like there’s trouble in the realm,” read one of the tweets. “Apologies for the inconvenience. We’ll be providing updates, so please stay tuned. #GameofThrones.”

Soon, it began suggesting alternate ways to view the episode. “Having trouble accessing @HBO GO? Send a raven. @GameOfThrones will be available soon on HBO On Demand with some cable providers.” Followed by, “We’re sorry for all of the trouble, but if you’re an @HBO subscriber, the @GameOfThrones premiere replays at 11 PM EST.”

It wasn’t until five hours after the 9 p.m. EST premiere that the service came back online everywhere, by which point the episode had already aired twice on the standard HBO channel.

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