Sydney Pub Banned From Holding Game Of Thrones Screenings
Watching Game of Thrones can be an awesome experience. Whether you like to do it by yourself, with your housemates or with a bunch of strangers, it will illicit the same exciting response when all the thrills and spills happen.
But it seems like people who have been relying on a Sydney pub for their GoT entertainment will have to find somewhere else after Foxtel came down hard on the establishment.
According to Broadsheet, the streaming service wasn't happy when it found out it was selling tickets (which didn't cost anything but were designed for crowd control) to watch the episodes on the big screen.
The events were so popular at The Balmain Hotel that they've been sold out.
Pub licensee Danielle Simpson has told the Sydney Morning Herald: "We had 160 people in there last week. You couldn't move, we ran out of chairs.
"All the lights go off, there's not a sound, we even WD40'd the doors so they don't make a noise, we switch the food buzzers to only buzz once. Everyone stays and chats about the episode afterwards."
That's some serious dedication.
Footage has gone viral of people in America watching the moment Arya plunged the Valryian steel dagger into the Night King and erupting with joy. Who wouldn't want to have those moments replicated across the world? Isn't that what the joy of television is all about?
But Foxtel said that it was the only provider that's licensed to show the HBO series and technically The Balmain Hotel was breaking the rules.
It sent an email to the pub, saying: "No venues, whether Foxtel Business subscribers or otherwise, should be advertising that patrons can watch Game of Thrones at their venue.
"FOX Showcase is available to Foxtel residential and personal use subscribers only, and a residential Foxtel subscription cannot be used for exhibition of any Foxtel channel in a commercial or public venue.
"Any examples of Game of Thrones being aired via a residential or personal use account will be escalated to the Foxtel fraud team for investigation and action."
Ms Simpson says the future episode screenings have been cancelled and everyone has to find somewhere else to cheer and scream about dragons and the Seven Kingdoms.
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