DirecTV Now subscribers got a little bonus early Sunday evening: Around 5pm EST, it was revealed they could watch the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones, four hours before its HBO airing was scheduled to begin.
The Wrap caught the social media frenzy, as DirecTV Now people posted smartphone notifications from their cable/streaming provider, bragging about their sudden windfall.
Actually, it wasn’t just the first episode, but also the second one, which won’t even air until next Sunday.
Of course, mixed in with the rejoicing were non-Direct TV people, who got to turn into green-eyed monsters.
Alas, it may have been too good to be true. Some people claimed that the episode had already been taken down from the site, implying that it was an accident.
DirecTV Now is owned by AT&T, and they hashed out a deal with HBO that offers their subscribers premium content — like being able to watch one of the most hotly anticipated season premieres of the year, if not all time, out of nowhere.