The Reason behind Game of Thrones’ Early Leak on TV Revealed

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Despite everything HBO® had tried to prevent the leak of “Game of Thrones”, the show’s Season 8, Episode 1, was still released around four hours before its scheduled time slot. GoT Season 8’s premiere was released by accident by DIRECTV®, AT&T’s subsidiary. For an uninitiated, HBO® is owned by Warner Media, which is the renamed Time Warner® acquired by AT&T® in one of the best cable deals last year.

The scheduled time slot for the show’s premiere was 09:00 pm E.T. on April 14, 2019. About 05:00 pm on Sunday, DIRECTV® sent a push notification to some users, which informed them that they had access to Game of Thrones hours before others around the world.

Are you wondering how this occurred, despite the efforts to keep it from released early? As per an AT&T® representative, it was basically a tragic glitch.

As per Variety, a spokesperson of the fastest internet provider said, “Apparently our system was as excited as we are for Game of Thrones tonight and gave a few DirecTV Now® customers early access to the episode by mistake. When we became aware of the error, we immediately fixed it and we look forward to tuning in this evening.”

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As you would expect, that did not keep some quick DIRECTV® viewers from watching it soon after they received its push alert, although many fans tweeted a still frame of the episode on their TV, likely due to its scramble to resolve the error.

According to Variety, DIRECTV® is not the only provider that faced a major GoT-themed issue. HBO was offered on Dish’s service until November 2018, when a dispute caused the satellite service to drop the subscription channel. Therefore, in a last-ditch try to keep more subscribers from switching to a cable service provider, Dish® had decided to encourage its users to sign up for the streaming service “HBO Now®”, besides their Dish® package. That way, explained the provider, users can still watch the channel (and more significantly, the last season of the show) while keeping Dish® as the main provider of them. It even shared a tutorial with customers that guide them through the HBO NOW® signing up process. While this kind of a move would affect Dish’s customer base, it will stanch the sheer number of people who shift to a different provider, with the most popular on TV as a bait.

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