The most expensive series ever made: it’s available on Amazon Prime

Amazon’s highly anticipated big-budget prequel, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is finally here. It’s the most expensive series ever made.

After nearly 10 million people watched HBO’s long-awaited series premiere, House of the Dragon, Amazon scores with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The plan was for Amazon to release the first two episodes in a simultaneous release on its Prime Video streaming platform, a fairly common practice.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, on Amazon Prime

But the streamer’s execution was a bit unorthodox, to say the least. At the start of the double release, episode one was – for some users – literally unwatchable. That’s no exaggeration, as it was completely missing a play button, and instead users were given a message saying “the video is currently unavailable”. In the meantime, episode two has been made widely available.

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Fortunately, it seems that this bug didn’t affect everyone and was fixed within minutes. Whether this can be blamed on a server overload from the millions who wanted to watch the premiere at the same time, or an intern who forgot to press a button. But from one of the world’s most prominent tech companies and at a crucial time in its ongoing venture into streaming entertainment, it’s a pretty embarrassing slip-up, either way.

With Amazon paying $465 million for the first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, it’s apparently the most expensive series ever made. And that huge budget doesn’t even include the $250 million Amazon had to pay for the rights to the Tolkien property in 2017.

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Obviously, expectations are high. It’s an incredibly high expectation to surpass Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, which was one of the most critically, commercially and culturally successful entertainment projects of all time.

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