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Winter isn t coming! Games of Thrones fans' fury as Foxtel streaming site CRASHES as thousands of people log on to watch the season 7 premiere

  • Angry Foxtel users have lashed out over the service's online platform crashing
  • The customers were all trying to watch the seventh season of Game of Thrones
  • Foxtel's social media channels have reported a 'technical issue with our service'
  • Fans in the US and Latin America faced the same problem trying to stream HBO

Australians eagerly holding out for the new season of Game of Thrones have been left bitterly disappointed.

Angry Foxtel customers took to Twitter to vent their rage as the pay-tv company's online service Foxtel Go crashed as thousands tried to watch the series at the same time.

The popular television show is in its seventh series, and has been long awaited by devoted fans.

Game of Thrones fans have been left bitterly disappointed after Foxtel's streaming service crashed for thousands trying to watch the new season

Game of Thrones fans have been left bitterly disappointed after Foxtel's streaming service crashed for thousands trying to watch the new season

According to error messages shared on social media, most fans were wiped out by a technical issue.

But for one frustrated devotee, all hopes of finding the video appeared to be dashed when their screen flashed an error message telling her 'this video is not currently available'.

Another fan told her Twitter followers she was reminded of Census night, when the Government's new online system crashed under the pressure – meaning thousands were not able to complete their forms.

Others said the failure was a direct example of why Australia had such a high rate of piracy when it came to television shows and movies.

More than one million people illegally downloaded the season six premiere of the show last year, with 12.5 per cent of the pirates being Australians.

One woman said she had 'census night deja vu' after Foxtel Go crashed around the country

One woman said she had 'census night deja vu' after Foxtel Go crashed around the country

One woman was shown an error message telling her the video was not available at all

One woman was shown an error message telling her the video was not available at all

One man said by failing fans in their time of dire need: 'Foxtel has likely extended Australia's status as a leader in online piracy for years'.

Some users said Foxtel should not have been given exclusive rights to show the episode.

In a particularly damning Tweet, one woman said the system failure had turned Australia into a 'hell hole'.

As thousands complain on social media, the official Foxtel Help account is responding with a copied message to everyone.

It tells enraged customers: 'We're currently experiencing technical issues with our services'.

'Our engineering team is investigating the issue and are working to have it resolved as soon as possible. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.'

Angry Game of Thrones fans lamented their decision to use a paid service to access the new season instead of pirating it

Angry Game of Thrones fans lamented their decision to use a paid service to access the new season instead of pirating it

More than one million people illegally downloaded the season six premiere of the show last year, with 12.5 per cent of the pirates being Australians

More than one million people illegally downloaded the season six premiere of the show last year, with 12.5 per cent of the pirates being Australians

Australians may find some comfort in knowing they are not the only ones who were left high and dry on Monday.

Users in the US and Latin America were also given nothing but error messages as HBO Go and HBO Now buckled under the heavy traffic.

Foxtel released a statement through their Facebook account, telling customers: 'We are devastated that due to unprecedented demand, we are experiencing problems with our online services this evening'.

'Obviously this comes at a time when so many of our customers are wanting to watch the first episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones,' it read.

'We can assure you that we are doing everything we can to resolve these problems.

'We can also assure customers that as soon as the issue is resolved they will be able to watch the episode using the On Demand features of our service.'

 The first episode of the seventh season was released through Foxtel in Australia on Monday, but customers were not able to access it

The first episode of the seventh season was released through Foxtel in Australia on Monday, but customers were not able to access it

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