We knew the Season 1 finale of True Detective would be bringing in a lot of viewers, as HBO has been teasing that the episode would reveal the identity of “The Yellow King” ritualistic serial killer. But what HBO apparently didn’t anticipate is that the popularity of this eighth and final episode of the season would cause its streaming service, HBO GO, to crash.
The season finale aired on HBO on Sunday night at 9pm and by 9:50pm, the HBO GO Twitter account had posted a status about their service being affected: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.”
This prompted a tirade of responses from frustrated users unable to log onto the streaming service, which is free to HBO cable TV subscribers. HBO GO didn’t elaborate on what the specific issues were, but some users posted to Twitter that the “Play” button wouldn’t function. Other users posted about how their live’s were ruined now — “You’ve ruined everything for me. Way to go, jerk,” while others were just plain bummed out – “Bummer! We want to know who is the Yellow King…”
At around 1am EST (that’s four hours after the initial airing on HBO), I tested my HBO Go, which I use through my Apple TV, and I got the “Accessing HBO GO” spinning wheel of death and impatience; after a few minutes, I got the whole “Try again later” error message. Thankfully, I already watched the episode when it aired at 9pm because seriously, I was like, I don’t even trust my DVR! If I had relied on HBO GO – like so many others – and this happened to me, you’d be sure to see me bitching on Twitter also. (See the HBO GO Twitter to see all the frantic responses.)
So, it looks like HBO GO is still down for some users (or possible ALL users?), which is what I believe The Yellow King intended — HBO GO’s spinning wheel of death and impatience is Carcosa!
Follow me on Twitter…into Carcosa.