Film watchers in China were not allowed to see the final episode of Game Of Throne on Sunday, over the nation’s growing trade war with the US and President Donald Trump.
Instead of finding out who ended up sitting on the Iron Throne, Chinese ‘Thrones’ watchers received a message informing them of ‘transmission medium problems.’
The message was posted by Tencent Video, the subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Ltd, which has had exclusive streaming rights to the premium cable network’s content in China since 2014.
‘We will notify you of another broadcasting time,’ Tencent said in a more detailed communique posted on its Weibo social media account one hour before the last episode was supposed to air.
HBO told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that the China Thrones blackout wasn’t a technical issue on the company’s part.
An HBO spokesperson confirmed Tencent blocked transmission of the series finale.
The Verge reports that thousands of Chinese Thrones fans have vented their frustrations on Weibo, China’s largest social media company.
Many threatened to cancel their Tencent accounts if their monthly subscription fees weren’t refunded.
The debacle is the latest fallout in the intensifying battle over US trade tariffs placed on Chinese goods by the Trump administration.