Tonight’s “Battle of the Bastards” might have been the biggest event of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, but for many fans it was something they had to read about on Twitter, as HBO’s streaming app HBO Now went down for a sizable number of viewers just as the episode became available to watch.
The outage appears to have been caused by overwhelming demand on the app, which launched in April, 2015 and costs $14.99 per month for access to HBO’s shows without a cable subscription, as fans swarmed to watch tonight’s Game of Thrones, a heavily promoted episode that promised (and I’ll admit, delivered) a series-changing sequence of events. Between 9 PM and 10 PM Eastern, more than 15,000 people reported inability to connect to the app,
HBO acknowledged the issue on Twitter and vowed to fix it as soon as possible, managing to do so shortly after 10 PM Easter.
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