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'True Detective' finale busts HBO Go

Published March 11, 2014 2:01 pm

TV • Demand was so great for crime drama that video service temporarily goes down.
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It looks like "True Detective's" Rust Cohle and Marty Hart broke the Internet while on the prowl for a serial killer.

Fans of the HBO crime drama who tried to catch the first season's finale through the video streaming service HBO Go were instead met with a frustrating spinning circle Sunday night.

HBO tweeted to its 66,000 followers Sunday during the finale that its video service just couldn't keep up. "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon," HBO Go's Twitter account said.

By Monday morning, long after the finale was over, HBO then tweeted: "The issues affecting HBO GO last night have been resolved. Thank you for being patient."

But fans who missed the concluding episode in which Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson) attempt to solve the case of a serial killer can try again. The episode is being repeated through the week on HBO and is permanently available for streaming on HBO Go.

HBO Go is the network's service that makes nearly all of its shows and movies available for streaming to computers, mobile devices and televisions through set top boxes such as a Roku or video game console.

"True Detective" has been the subject of television's top water-cooler talk for its existential and dark depiction of a serial killer case in the backwoods of Louisiana. The eight-episode season concluded Sunday night.

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