It just so happens that the finale of True Detective’s first season fell in the middle of our spring break. None of the ten friends I was with thought this would be a problem. We were staying at our friend Sutton’s house in Big Sky, Montana and without thinking much about it, we assumed he had HBO. He didn’t. Sutton couldn’t even believe it, and it’s his house.
Missing the finale was not an option. We knew if we waited to watch until we got home, somehow we would hear what went down, whether that be on twitter or word of mouth.
First, Sutton called up his Dad to attempt to convince him to buy HBO. Not a chance.
After the failed hail-mary, we quickly opted for the HBO GO avenue and decided to huddle around a computer screen to watch. We had two MacBooks in the TV room ready to go. Buffering, buffering . . . nothing. We reloaded the page at least twenty times hoping to get through, but the worst had happened, HBO GO crashed.
This is when the viewing crew split. A few guys went to sleep, exhausted after a full day of skiing. A few continued to reload the page, refusing to be snubbed of the season finale. I opted for the hot tub with a view of the valley (not a bad second choice).
I was only in there for a few minutes when I heard some commotion from inside. My friend Mark got through on his iPhone. He isolated, put some headphones on and zoned in.
The other guys continued to reload the page on their laptops, further fueled by Mark’s success. Finally, they got through. One of the guys in the hot tub scrambled to get out and secure a spot around the screen. The two other guys in the hot tub hadn’t followed the show, but knew I did.
“Fordo, you not gonna watch?”
“Nah, it’s not going anywhere.”
I stayed in the hot tub and enjoyed the view along with a few beers. Honestly, I was pretty proud of myself. I had been anxiously awaiting the finale all week and even re-watched a few episodes. But I was lucky enough to be in one of the more beautiful parts of the country and decided to take it all in while I was there. Or, at least until the next day when my friends were talking about it so much I had to watch on my own.
Even when it comes to HBO, live matters. Every True Detective follower I know wanted to watch the finale live. The HBO GO crash caused an outrage on Twitter. Fans wanted to watch, and they wanted to watch it LIVE!
Whether or not you have the ability to record or watch later, there are some things that will always cause fans to watch live. True Detective is one of those things. Sure it’s not the Super Bowl, or the Oscars, but its got quality content and a dedicated following. Whoever can figure out that equation will bring in the viewers.
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