HBO Go crashed during the season finale of True Detective


Credit: dorkshelf

Credit: dorkshelf

At 10:50 on Sunday night, so many viewers tuned in to watch the season finale of True Detective that HBO Go, HBO’s direct-streaming service, crashed. Typically, episodes are only available on HBO Go after they have aired on TV. Last night, however, HBO let subscribers stream the episode through HBO Go as it was being broadcast live.

The Internet Phenomena Blog posted a graph that depicts HBO’s massive traffic spike:

As you can see, the spike occurred at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, the exact time True Detective started. Despite a flurry of furious tweets, the service remained offline until approximately 12:30 a.m., at which point viewership spiked for another hour and everyone went to bed angry. We were all in Carcosa, then.


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