Yesterday’s Game of Thrones finale was perhaps the most highly anticipated episode in TV history. You can imagine how disappointed fans of the show in China would have been when they found out that the final episode would not air as per schedule. The broadcast was delayed by Tencent Video, presumably because of the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States.
Tencent Video owns the online broadcast rights for Game of Thrones in China. It was supposed to air the final episode of the series at 9 am Beijing time. However, an hour before the broadcast, an official Weibo account for Tencent Video confirmed that the broadcast had been postponed. Tencent Video signed a deal with HBO in 2014 to broadcast some of the cable giant’s content in China.
“Dear users, we regret to inform you that the sixth episode of the eighth season of Game of Thrones will not go online at the intended time due to media transfer issues,” the Weibo post mentioned, adding that “We will keep you informed of the broadcast time.”
No further information was offered by the company but the speculation is that this delay may have something to do with the recent uptick in the trade dispute between the two countries. Subscribers were understandably upset with many demanding refunds for their subscription.
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