View Finder: Did Foxtel Now “Theon” on Game of Thrones Episode 2?
Plus, Netflix channels Groening and Fetch grabs some new content.
As we discussed last week, the return of Game of Thrones was in so much demand that Foxtel Now collapsed under the weight of new signups to its two-week trial. The platform promised a significant update to its servers for the second episode on Monday, but did it manage to deliver?
Anecdotally, here at finder towers, we had no issues logging in at around 7pm and watching things turn bloody and sexy in Westeros (not necessarily in that order). But it seems that just like the Game of Thrones played out in the show, not everything went to plan. While the technical issues were a far cry from the first week, according to TV Tonight there was an issue with the SD on-demand version of the show, with no audio for Mac and PC browsers watching through Chrome.
According to Foxtel's statement, the issue only lasted about an hour, was quickly rectified and didn't affect the HD version.
The lack of mass outcry is definitely good news for the streaming platform, but there would undoubtedly be a drop in demand for the second episode, both in terms of people not making time to watch it on the Monday as well as those who gave up and switched to channel Torrent to watch the show.
I'd expect the worst of the platform's login troubles are behind it, at least until the season's finale anyway.
Disenchanted with Netflix?
While Game of Thrones is no doubt the most popular streaming show of the week, the most exciting streaming news over the past few days is undoubtedly the launch of a new Matt Groening animation on Netflix.
Disenchantment is a comedy animation series from the brain behind The Simpsons and Futurama. The show will hit Netflix around the world next year. Given Groening's massive success rate and Netflix's freedom to bend the rules of animation (if you don't believe it, just go and watch the "fish out of water" episode of Bojack Horseman), Disenchantment promises to be next year's best show. Especially if it takes Rick & Morty another two years to get to season four.
Apparently, the show will "explore themes of life, death, love and sex, with a focus on how to find the bright side in a world plagued by fools and suffering." Or in other words, be the ultimate escape to real life.
Fetching new audiences
Internet pay TV service Fetch has lifted its game in a big way this week. First, there was the news that UFC fans can get exclusive access to the brutal sport through the platform, followed by the launch of Hayu on Fetch.
While neither of these additions would necessarily make Fetch a sudden must-buy purchase, it does make the streaming box a more compelling product. You can now stream Netflix, Stan, YouTube and Hayu on Fetch, alongside catch-up TV from all the main free-to-air Australian networks. Throw in affordable channel packs starting at $6/month and the ability to watch in HD streams on demand and the Fetch has become a very enticing box indeed.
Trailer of the week: All about Discovery
It came at the tail end of Comic-Con, but Star Trek Discovery got its Netflix launch date, plus a first trailer. And it's pretty epic.
Fans of Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams or the I.T. Crowd will enjoy the first full trailer for The Incredible Jessica James, which lands on Netflix today.
- Still looking for something to watch? Why not check out our full round-up of the shows launching in August?
Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in TV and movie streaming in Australia.