Global demand for the premiere of HBO's seventh series of Game of Thrones caused world wide glitches and meltdowns, with Australian fans left fuming after Foxtel's transmission crashed.
Foxtel spokesman Bruce Meagher apologised to subscribers saying the incident was "most unfortunate".
"We are devastated that some customers experienced technical issues," Mr Meagher said in a statement.
"As was the case in the US and Latin America, the unprecedented rush for a subscription just prior to the telecast, crashed the system."HBO's technical systems couldn't cope and in Australia the surge of demand resulted "in customer meltdown".
Mr Meagher assured Foxtel subscribers they will be able to watch the first episode of Season 7 either On Demand or through one of its encore screenings throughout the week.Angry fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure, blasting Foxtel.
"Might go back to piracy considering Foxtel 's poor service with #GOT7. Nice work Foxtel. What a waste of my subscription. FOXTEL_Help," Oh, Em G said on Twitter.
Another fan, Mena, tweeted: "Here's to #foxtelnow. Failing spectacularly on the one night anyone would deign using it."