Tomorrow (Monday) at 9:00 a.m. Foxtel Showcase will transmit Season 5 Episode 1 of Game of Thrones (GoT).
For those that can't catch it at 9:00 a.m. due to work or whatever it will be repeated on Showcase at 5:30 p.m.
It is going to be interesting. But not for the reasons you might immediately expect. Not due to the Game of Thrones story line.
It is going to be interesting to see how the Internet holds up.
Thousands of people across Australia are joining up with Foxtel and Sling TV (which I understand will broadcast GoT in Australia via HBO Now). They are all joining in order to watch GoT. Foxtel have a sort of special deal where you can get Showcase via Foxtel Play for 3.5 months for $90 total.
Now, by and large, streaming video is heavy on bandwidth and every person who streams GoT will have their very own data stream going to their playback device—whatever that may be.
So, it is quite likely, that at 9:00 a.m. and/or 5:30 p.m. tomorrow Australia's sub-Internet is going to experience the highest ever traffic loads—by a very big margin.
Will Australia's Internet cope? Or will we all suffer stop-start viewing of Game of Thrones?
I'll let you know tomorrow evening because I will be one of those trying to watch GoT at 9:00 a.m.