The HBO Go crash during the Game of Thrones’ season premiere was unthinkable. Its like having the lights go out during a Super Bowl. Wait, that did happen. The service crashed because the demand was too much. Millions of viewers were unable to watch the show via the service. The crashed affected HBO Go on all platforms. Xbox 360 to iPads, everything was down. The service returned later last night but by then viewers might have moved on to other means of getting the show.
“HBO GO did experience issues due to overwhelming demand around the premiere of Game of Thrones. The service has returned to several platforms and we are working hard towards full recovery, which we expect soon.” ~HBO Go representative
We don’t know how many people tried to watch the show via the service but this is not the first time the service has crashed. There have been other highly anticipated shows that have brought the service down. Just last month the show “True Detective” crashed the service. Rumors have it that HBO lets the service crash and become overwhelmed as a way to stop people from sharing their logins. HBO has repeatedly said that is not the case but its stating to be a pattern.