It wasn’t a hack. More a leak. An own goal by HBO.
Fans of “Game of Thrones” were fuming and throwing virtual tomatoes at HBO Spain on Wednesday after the video streaming service accidentally broadcast Season 7, Episode 6, four days early. According to media reports, the episode, “Death Is the Enemy,” was available for about an hour and then taken down.
Some reported on Twitter that file-sharing links were showing up, though not all great quality. But it is a black eye for Time Warner’s
premier cable network HBO, which has been struggling to keep the popular show under wraps since a massive cyberattack in which hackers say they got hold of HBO scripts, including from “Game of Thrones,” and have demanded $6 million to stop further leaks.
Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen, vice president of public relations for HBO Europe, said the leak wasn’t in connection with the U.S. hacking incident. “We have learned that the upcoming episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO España platforms. The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized,” he said in an emailed statement.
Some Reddit fans mocked Spain for the fact that the episode had failed to surface online outside of a number of clips. “And yet despite having the entire episode air in its entirety, in HD, and in English, it is now seven hours later and not a single soul in Spain has been able to figure out how to upload the episode. All we got was a drunk Spaniard pointing his phone at his TV and streaming the entire episode but only for mobile users (because … people using computers or who don’t have Instagram amirite?) while tipping his phone this way and that and jabbering and laughing in Spanish,” writes Reddit user Le_Rekt_Guy.
Others grumbled about what the incident means for their lives, both online and in real life. “As a Mexican, all I can say is that Spain took away all our gold and I can live with that. But tonight, they just took all my hope away, [and] now I must hide in the dark until Sunday to avoid spoilers,” said Reddit user namelessghoul7
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