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"Game of Thrones" bludgeons HBO Go

Published April 7, 2014 9:15 am

TV • Streaming service crashes from over demand during show's season premiere.
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Forget about worrying whether George R. R. Martin can finish writing his fantasy opus "Game of Thrones." Worry about whether HBO can even broadcast its prized television series based on the show.

For the second time in a month, the pay-TV network's Internet-based streaming service crashed due to over demand. In this case, it was during the season four premiere of "Game of Thrones" Sunday night.

"Looks like there's trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We'll be providing updates, so please stay tuned," the network tweeted about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Then things got desperate when HBO began tweeting to subscribers that there are alternatives to watching it Sunday night. "Having trouble accessing @HBO GO? Send a raven. @GameOfThrones will be available soon on HBO On Demand with some cable providers," it tweeted an hour later.

Two hours later, the network alerted subscribers that the service was getting back up platform by platform. It was fully restored by midnight.

So for those who managed to see it, no spoilers please.

HBO Go is the network's streaming service that allows cable and satellite subscribers to watch any HBO show on computers, mobile devices and TVs through set top boxes like a Roku or video game console.

A crash with HBO Go also occurred March 9 when the season finale of its newest hit series, "True Detective," aired.

vince@sltrib.com

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