Home Streaming DIRECTV NOW AT&T/DIRECTVNOW Streamed Game of Thrones S8 Premiere Early

AT&T/DIRECTVNOW Streamed Game of Thrones S8 Premiere Early

game-of-thrones-season-8-first-footage-still-daenerys-jon-snow-2180pxYesterday, AT&T accidentally started streaming the premiere episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 yesterday four hours early. As fans awaited the first episode scheduled for 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT, Twitter lit-up with some DirecTV Now customers posting images of the show to prove it. This started at around 5 pm ET, four hours before the official premiere time.

Subscribers were even invited to view the premiere. DIRECTV Now sent out an auto email telling customers it was time to watch the premiere episode. AT&T said in a quickly-released statement “Apparently our system was as excited as we were for ‘Game of Thrones’ last night and gave a few DIRECTV Now customers early access to the episode by mistake.”

One might immediately think this was a slip-up on time zones, and if it were a 3-hour difference (Eastern vs. Pacific time) that might have been the case. But a full four hours seems like an odd mistake.

Is AT&T in trouble for the goof up? If GOT was from a different network, maybe. But since HBO is owned by AT&T there probably won’t be any repercussions — unless evidence points to a single employee who goofed.

We just hope that person doesn’t get into too much trouble because in the end, does it really matter? Fans on Pacific Time can already watch premieres earlier than those who live in Eastern Time zones. So what’s another hour?

What HBO really needs to look out for are leaks of any future episodes of GOT to torrent websites prior to airing. Those kinds of leaks hurt AT&T in the long run in terms of subscribers and home media sales, and on a larger scale the entertainment industry.

Many episodes and scripts of Game of Thrones have been leaked in the past, like when the first 4 episodes of Season 5 were uploaded to pirate sites. In 2017, a hack of HBO’s servers included outlines of several episodes of Season 7.

contributor
HD Report frequently features articles written by guest contributors who are experts in the industry. Our publication is listed in Google News as well as other tech and entertainment forums. If you would like to write a news article, review, or editorial please contact us.

1 COMMENT

  1. “Fans on Pacific Time can already watch premieres earlier than those who live in Eastern Time zones. ”

    No, we can’t. We can watch them earlier by the clock, but it is not before people who live on the east coast. This is literally how time zones work.

Leave a Reply to John Cancel reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

4k TV Deals

Hot Pre-orders!

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4k Blu-ray
The Hobbit: Motion Picture Trilogy 4k Blu-ray

1-Month Free!

Hot Blu-rays!

New Articles

Ip Man The Complete Collection presents all 4 films on 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray

Ip Man: The Complete Collection is releasing to 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set on December 15, 2020. The 8-disc collection from Well Go...

Get a Black Friday Deal on this Sony 4k Blu-ray Player

Sony’s X800M2 4k Blu-ray player is on sale during Black Friday for just $198 - a savings of about $100 off the list price...

Verizon Fios TV offers Free Preview of HBO & Cinemax for Thanksgiving

Verizon is offering a free preview of HBO and Cinemax for Thanksgiving weekend. The free preview starts on Wednesday, November 25th and runs through...

Black Friday Huge 4k HDR TV Deals

We've hand-picked these 4k TVs from Amazon's stock that are great deals during Black Friday. These are mostly 2020 models so you can be...

Support Us!