Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Final Episode of Game of Thrones Delayed by Tencent

Final Episode of Game of Thrones Delayed by Tencent

"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", read the notice posted on Weibo, a microblogging website.

Tencent Video officially attributed the broadcast problems to "media transfer issues", according to Reuters. Game of Thrones might have gone up in metaphorical (and literal) flames, but, apart from joining the chorus of angry voices demanding a do-over, there's another way fans can channel their disappointment and rage: laughing and marveling at how utterly ridiculous our last recap gets. "We will keep you informed of the broadcast time".

An open letter signed by 173 companies urged Trump to end the trade dispute, saying the policy would be 'catastrophic for our consumers, our companies and the American economy as a whole, ' according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Is it the result of the trade war between the USA and China?" a commenter wrote on Weibo.

The "Game of Thrones" finale airing was postponed in China.

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Tencent, on the other hand, seems to have been unable to convey the episode as one of the consequences of the ongoing trade war with the US.

The Trump administration has accused China of halting progress on trade negotiations, resulting in 25pc tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods.

"Game of Thrones" is also heavily censored in China, whose social-media platforms screen and erase content that the government might consider politically sensitive or obscene. "And I said, "That's okay, we're going to tariff their products".

Fans in China not being able to stream Game of Thrones is just another example of how increasingly tense the trade disputes between the United States and China have become over the last few weeks. The announcement was made an hour before the episode was scheduled to air 9 a.m. Monday in Beijing.

Tencent Video, the subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Ltd, reportedly blocked access to Sunday's "Game of Thrones" finale due to China's trade war with the US.

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