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'True Detective' finale crashes HBO Go

Posted by Rachel Raczka  March 10, 2014 09:55 AM

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Couldn't stream the season finale of HBO's "True Detective" last night?

You're not alone.


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The Nic Pizzolatto-created series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson caused HBO's online streaming service to temporarily crash due to excessive demand. The network sent out a humble brag tweet apologizing for the disruption:

Twitter obviously erupted, but despite the inconvenience, the temporary issue brought two talking points to light:

"The disruption reaffirms True Detective's status of a pop culture phenomenon, which it has been able to achieve in only eight episodes," said Deadline. "It also underlines how inherently irrelevant traditional overnight ratings are with so many HBO subscribers preferring to watch online, they overwhelmed the network’s server."

HBO Go resumed regular service within a few hours.

We're still waiting to hear the official viewership numbers for the finale, but we want to know: did you get to see the finale? What did you think? Are you mad at HBO Go, too? Weigh in here.

[h/t WSJ Speakeasy]

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