Look, send your prayers to whatever underpaid community management grunt has been left to sift through the wreckage of Foxtel‘s monumental failure to deliver the first episode of Game of Thrones seventh season without collapsing.
After many Aussies chose to do the noble thing, eschew the dark and dirty corners of the internet and sign up for Foxtel’s abysmal streaming service Foxtel Now so they could stream themselves some dragons and incest, the service promptly shat itself
Foxtel issued a statement about the horrorshow which… doesn’t quite take the blame for what went down. Let’s just look at the title of their press release, shall we?
Ah, yes. It wasn’t just Foxtel Now that exploded thanks to the entirely fanciful notion that many people would want to watch Game of Thrones. The release itself continues in a similar vein, via spokesperson Brian Meagher.
We are devastated that some customers experienced technical issues tonight. As was the case in the U.S. and Latin America, the unprecedented rush for a subscription just prior to the telecast, crashed the system. Foxtel engineers are working through the night to resolve the issue. It’s most unfortunate and we apologise to those affected. We are committed to resolving the technical faults immediately and together with our broadcast partners around the world, we are giving this the same degree of priority. We assure anyone impacted that they will be able to watch the first episode of Season 7 either On Demand or via one of our encore screenings throughout the week. We will continue to communicate with affected customers to ensure they are fully informed.

Of course, crashes in a system in Latin America has literally nothing to do with the fact that Foxtel scooped up the distribution rights for literally the most popular show on the planet without properly developing the infrastructure to actually deliver it to people who want to watch it.

As you might expect, people are… not entirely sold by this line of argument.

Ahh, well. Terrible news for Foxtel, wonderful news for The Pirate Bay.
Source: Foxtel.
Photo: Game of Thrones.