Offering yet another indication that OTT delivery of some tent-pole TV events can have trouble scaling up at the point of impact, Sunday night’s season seven premiere of HBO’s Games of Thrones did not come out unscathed.
The HBO.com web site reportedly went down temporarily during the premiere, and several DirecTV Now customers also reported having troubles last night.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that the HBO.com web site returned during the second half of the episode’s premiere on the east coast, and that HBO Go, the programmer’s authenticated TV Everywhere service, ran into some issues in Latin America on Sunday night, though that service and HBO Now, the standalone OTT version of HBO, didn’t see any widespread problems in the U.S., the programmer told the pub.
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DirecTV Now, AT&T’s OTT TV service that sells subscriptions to HBO, hit a snag during last night’s GoT premiere, according to DownDetector.