In Great Britain, they do things a little differently. For instance, if a UK broadcaster wants to air an episode of a television series that includes swearing before 9 p.m. GMT, it has to lock the episode with a passcode, lest young ears be exposed to potty words. Viewers can then enter the passcode to watch the show.
So when Sky Atlantic aired a rerun of Game of Thrones at 7:35 a.m. with no password protection, it was in for trouble.
Apparently, the oversight was the result of a technical glitch. Ofcom reassured people that “measures have been put in place to prevent a reoccurrence.” Sky, for its part, was contrite. It said that it “fully [accepts] strong content should not be broadcast before the watershed without the necessary mandatory PIN protection. It is never our intention to offend or upset our viewers.”