Game Of Thrones Season Premiere Crashes HBO

From the Hollywood Reporter:

HBO’s website was no match for the White Walkers on Sunday night. The cable network’s main website,, was down during the seventh-season premiere of Game of Thrones. People who attempted to go to the website were met with an error message saying there was a problem loading the page. But the website returned to working order during the final half of the episode’s East Coast premiere.

HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top video streaming service, also wasn’t loading for some viewers during the first half of the episode, which becomes available for all viewers at the same time regardless of the time zone. Some viewers who logged into the service were met with a loading bar and could not access the new episode; others complained about slow buffering.

Some fans trying to watch the premiere took to Twitter to express their displeasure, some tweeting pictures of their television screens and complaining about their inability to watch the show. Others tweeted that they were able to view the episode on Now, indicating that the problem wasn’t affecting all users.

  • DaddyRay

    Thanks Obama

  • PickyPecker
  • heh, we avoided this by inaction. my sister gets the whole HBO package, go, now, cable, whatever. she usually DVRs the episodes, as it’s a rare moment when she, as a busy working mom, can start any show exactly on broadcast time. but last night she forgot to turn off the DRV’s kiddie filter, and so there was no recording. this was around halfway thru the show, and so when we went to GO instead, they had fixed the glitch and we were oblivious of the problems everyone else was having. i know the folks at the viewing party would’ve been apoplectic to find that they couldn’t watch it, if we’d turned it on on time.

  • OdieDenCO

    the horror!
    My electric’s gone out again, Clara!

    I’m gonna miss my soaps!

  • Ginger Snap

    Too bad Americans care more about seeing a TV show than participating in fixing our government.

    • Honey, normally i am that person to leave such a comment. but right now, for those of us involved in politics, burn out is very very real. i can’t take a new horror during every waking hour of every day, and that is the reality of this administration.

      breaks into fantasy and fun are more than just feel good indulgences, psychiatry agrees they are absolutely necessary during times of prolonged stress and fighting. so relax and skip this thread if you’re in a dedicated political mode today, and forgive the rest of us for lacking your stamina.

      • Ray Taylor

        I hear you. I can only read and watch so much crap that this govt. brings us. I take a break watching True Blood. I started last week, so I have a long way to go.

        • Ray Taylor

          Qwanten, Wow, what a cutie!

      • Ginger Snap

        Oh I totally get that CD but it is just mind numbing to me the outrage by some that HBO was down.

    • HZ81

      That’s sadly was/is/and will always be true. But, hey—it was Sunday night at 9pm. President Asswipe was probably in bed for his AM tweetstorm.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well, to be fair, most people can multitask…then again….

  • JoeMyGod

    My main HBO channel was frozen but I could watch in the premiere on HBO’s Spanish channel. Which didn’t have English subtitles. So I didn’t watch.

    • Miji

      That’s too bad. Worked fine in Brooklyn. I’ll have to check it out in Spanish sometime. El invierno esta aqui!

  • Nax

    Not a fan. But if that happens with Victoria next winter, I shall have no other choice than to write a very pointed letter to the Secretary of the PBS!

  • bambinoitaliano

    Ed Sheeran miss his calling from Lord of the Ring. :p

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I was secretly hoping Arya would needle him…yes, I am a bad man 😉

      • bambinoitaliano

        Hey! You leave my tiny ginger alone! ….People fall in love in a mysterious way…:P

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Now now, I love gingers too, it’s just you have to admit, it would have been a rather comical scene to see Arya lay waste to him…and I imagine he would have been up for it.

          • bambinoitaliano

            True. Those are Lannister’s soldiers, I doubt they will stay alive for very long.

  • TJay229

    It was EVERE!

  • Talisman

    I watch on HBO Now (I subscribe for the run of the series, since it’s too much of a hassle to add/remove it to/from my cable subscription). The stream crashed once, but restarted with minimal buffering, and then was fine.

  • TrueWords
  • TrueWords

    I have never watched any of the shows because we do not have cable…I do think Kit is HOT but the seasons seem to go on and on…I just don’t have that much invested

    • Diogenes Onionpants

      We don’t either; for pretty much anything not on Netflix or Amazon Prime we’re dependent on A show as popular as GoT will be uploaded within seconds of airing, so we’ve never had a problem.

      • TrueWords

        Netflix and Hulu here and that is it…my husband and I started to watch Season 1 and were bored to tears…

        • Diogenes Onionpants

          Yeah, my man feels the way you and yours do; at most he’ll concede “I can understand why you like it.” 🙂

          I have a much higher tolerance for fantasy lit & film than he does, and while I recognize that Martin is obviously not going to join the ranks of the world’s great authors, his plotting and world-building are pretty compulsive. But my hubby just rolls his eyes…. aborably.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    First off, really? This much outrage? Over GoT?

    Secondly, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan, but I’m also a rather patient creature. If I don’t see the episode of a show I like right away, I know it will be on my PVR or streaming later on. It’s a show, not surgery.

    Finally, having seen last night’s episode, I have to admit to being very pleased with how they’ve now set the game pieces into play; as Khaleesi said so laconically last night: “Shall We Begin?”