Andy Samberg's HBO Now Login Stopped Working?!

by Mary Grace Garis

It seems just like yesterday (when it was really two days ago) that Andy Samberg shared his HBO Now password with America, allowing millions without the not-TV channel to finally tune into True Detective like God intended. And, then, tragedy struck. After running into a myriad of snags and login limitations, Samberg's HBO Now Login is no longer active. Why, universe, have you hurt me in this way? What did I do to deserve this misery?

Let's rewind in case you missed this. Sunday night, during Samberg's hosting duties for the Emmy Awards, he noticed that, though HBO had the most nominations, a lot of viewers might not have a subscription. "But lucky for you, the CEO of HBO recently said he doesn't think password sharing for their streaming services is a problem," Samberg said. And thus he shared his username (khaleesifan3@emmyhost.com) and password (password1), a login that actually worked. And then, all was well. Until it wasn't.

Early on there was speculation that Samberg's gag was a hook by HBO to lure users to try out their new service, a kind of product placement, if you will. Turns out no: though HBO was alerted Samberg would make a joke about password sharing, they did not find out what the joke would be specifically until it went live. Therefore, the gag was just that, a gag. And, although HBO Now's Twitter handle was quick to spread the wealth, the account quickly reached its login limit and thusly got deactivated.

Soul crushing. Now, I may or may not have been password sharing across HBO Go for a while now, so I didn't feel the sting of this particular emotional roller coaster. But, as someone who has been routinely shut out of similar accounts, I can accurately pinpoint all the crushing emotions you probably went through during this whole ordeal. Starting from the moment Samberg announced his login, they are as such.

Stage One: Confusion

"Was that a... joke? An awkwardly placed joke?"

Stage Two: Tentative Excitement

"Well, it seems to be working for people on Twitter. Screw the Emmys, let's check this out."

Stage Three: Gentle Frustration

"Oh my god, did I not put the password in correctly? Was it a case sensitive "password1?" Was it an all caps "PASSWORDONE?" This is a lot of pressure.

Stage Four: Accomplishment

"I got in! The world is my oyster, and I am a golden goddess!"

Stage Five: Whatever Emotion Categorizes The Feeling You Get When You And Your Broke Roommate Can Finally Watch The Last Four Seasons Of Girls

"Once upon a time, we were scrounging our pennies to pay the Time Warner bill, but now we can afford the glamorous life."

Stage Six: Drunk And Catching Up On Game Of Thrones At 4 A.M.

Insert a few hour break when you have to, like, go to work and be a fully functional adult or something.

Stage Seven: Despair

"It's not working. WHY ISN'T IT WORKING? Emily, come in here, the password isn't working!"

Stage Eight: Devastation

"My life has no meaning. How on earth will I go on?!"

Stage Nine: Acceptance

"Well, at least we still have Emily's dad's Netflix password."

If you're still looking to invest in HBO Now, you can start a free 30 day trial here. Otherwise, well, maybe there are some other SNL alum feeling generous.

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