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Sky viewers who stayed home today to watch the first episode of Game of Thrones' fifth season at the promised time of 1pm say they've been "trolled" by the network.

The highly anticipated new episode of the top-rating HBO show hadn't started airing by 1.40pm on Soho, with Sky blaming "technical difficulties".

A press release said the network was "working as hard as we can" to fix the problem.

"Our suppliers are experiencing technical difficulties getting the live Game of Thrones feed to us - we're working as hard as we can to get it on screen as soon as possible this afternoon."

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The network directed viewers to watch tonight's 8.30pm screening of the episode.

Angry viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustration.

Four episodes of Thrones' fifth season reportedly leaked online over the weekend.

- nzherald.co.nz