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Hotstar Had Serious Issues Streaming The Game Of Thrones Premiere And Indians Just Fucking Went In

"I can't see! I CAN'T SEE!" – Everyone trying to watch Game of Thrones on Hotstar this morning.

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Season 7 of Game of Thrones is finally HERE, which means that you're probably scrambling to download a torrent right about now.


Or maybe you're not being a complete cheapskate and signing up for Hotstar Premium, which is the only way you can watch the show legally in India.

Turns out that paying up was actually the worst way to watch the premiere in India. At 7:30am, the time when everyone was hitting Hotstar trying to stream the first episode, the company's servers choked.


People were 😡😡😡 AF.

@hotstartweets I signed up to watch @GameOfThrones early morning but you tell "Somethin went wrong" .Now have to look for torrents .WTF .

Minutes after the world,Hours before torrents My foot. Thank god its a one month free trial #Hotstar @hotstartweets

This is what trying to watch your shows legally in India gets you. #GameOfThrones

Hotstar's servers right now! #GoTS7 #TorrentMorghulis @hotstartweets

There's no better way to fail than @hotstartweets did. Marketing = Lit Technology = Lol #GamesOfThrones #GoTS7 #Hotstar #SomethingWentWrong

Let just all rise up and give a standing fucking ovation to hotstar . So much hype so little work . #Hotstar #GoT

Come on #Hotstar this is not done #GOT

Hotstar had actively dissed illegal torrents in the days leading up to the season premiere.


Which, tbh, didn't go over so well.

The company spent the entire morning telling customers to "clear browser cookies" to fix the problem.

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Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan released a statement saying that "Server Morghulis was not the desired outcome at all!"

"We faced an unprecedented surge in interest around the opening of the new season of Game of Thrones which resulted in a service disruption of about 8 minutes," he said. "While we are delighted that fans around the country wholeheartedly embraced our message of Torrents Morghulis [Torrents Must Die], we are deeply apologetic for the service disruption."

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