Game of Thrones Season Premiere Crashes HBO Go

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HBO's video-on-demand service HBO Go crashed last night, as it was overwhelmed by user demand for the season premiere of Game of Thrones.

The same thing happened just a few weeks ago when True Detective's Season One finale also crashed the system.

According to HBO's Twitter account, the service was down for around four hours:

Of course, the on-demand and rerun offers may not have helped some subscribers who weren't at home or, as is even harder to quantify, who are using HBO Go accounts to access content on the cable account of a friend or family member. It's widely speculated that these crashes may be used as a justification for increasing security and making it more difficult for non-subscribers to use the Go service with another person's password.

“We’re investing in HBO Go,” said Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes at Deutsche Bank’s Media, Internet and Telecom Conference shortly after the True Detective crash. “That’s good news for those of you that tried to watch True Detective last week....We want to make HBO Go stronger.”