Game of Thrones – a Drag on the Internet
July 17th’s global premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones reportedly caused technical glitches around the world, with online sites crashing in the United States, Latin America and Australia.
The show’s producer and U.S. broadcaster, HBO, reported its technical systems could not cope and in Australia, the surge of demand for Foxtel’s recently launched over-the-top product, Foxtel Now, also experienced “customer meltdown”.
Foxtel spokesman, Bruce Meagher said on the night, “We are devastated that some customers experienced technical issues tonight. As was the case in the U.S. and Latin America, the unprecedented rush for a subscription just prior to the telecast, crashed the system. Foxtel engineers are working through the night to resolve the issue. It’s most unfortunate and we apologise to those affected. We are committed to resolving the technical faults immediately and together with our broadcast partners around the world, we are giving this the same degree of priority. We assure anyone impacted that they will be able to watch the first episode of Season 7 either On Demand or via one of our encore screenings throughout the week. We will continue to communicate with affected customers to ensure they are fully informed.”
Foxtel’s announcement then went on to detail the schedule of “encore screenings” for the next five days.
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