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HBO's website was no match for the White Walkers on Sunday night. 

The cable network's main website, HBO.com, was down during the seventh-season premiere of Game of Thrones.

People who attempted to go to the website were met with an error message saying there was a problem loading the page.

But the website returned to working order during the final half of the episode's East Coast premiere.

Some fans trying to watch the premiere took to Twitter to express their displeasure, some tweeting pictures of their television screens and complaining about their inability to watch the show.

Sunday evening's Game of Thrones premiere has been much anticipated after HBO delayed production on the seventh season, ultimately pushing back the show's return to television airwaves.  hollywoodreporter.com
Comcast’s “Broadcast TV Fee” has long been a source of controversy, even leading to a class-action lawsuit.

Tens of millions of subscribers are paying the cable company (and to be fair, many other cable companies charge this fee as well) additional fees every month all for the privilege of watching local channels — like FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS — that are available for free with an antenna.

Many critics argue that broadcast TV fees are nothing more than a way for cable companies to shake customers down for more money.

Recent estimates show that Comcast currently has about 22,508,000 customers subscribed to its cable TV service.

As of January 1, 2017, Comcast raised its “Broadcast TV Fee” from $5 a month to $7 a month. 

Over the course of a year, Comcast gets about $1.9 billion from its Broadcast TV Fee. billgeeks.com
Pay TV subscribers who don’t want ESPN are still paying over $4.5 billion annually to have the channel in their packages.

In fact, the majority of people who have ESPN don’t even care to have the channel, but due to the nature of pay TV packages, they’re still paying for it.

A recent survey found that 53% of people don’t care whether or not their TV package includes live sports channels, like ESPN and ESPN2 which are included in nearly every basic pay TV package.

According to the most recent estimates, 87,349,000 people have ESPN and ESPN2 in their pay TV packages, and those channels make up $8.11 of a pay TV bill (ESPN is $7.21 per subscriber per month, while ESPN2 is charged at a rate of $0.90). streamingobserver.com