How To Watch The “Game Of Thrones” ?
The wait is almost over as around a week is left for the release of the new season (Sixth Season) of the most popular show on the planet, “Game Of Thrones” and every body is looking for the options where and when they can catch the show as soon as possible. Recently I encountered a lot of buzz about how to watch game of thrones online or with cable networks, on different social platforms twitter, Facebook, Quora… which is quite obvious as this is the Game Of Thrones we are talking about.
So guys I have dedicated this complete article of how you can access or watch Game Of Thrones in different online and offline platforms in different regions across the world. I will also give you a brief insight of all the services and how you can access them and other info related to them. So lets have a look at, what you will find in this article.
- How to watch Game Of Thrones Online for free?
- Where to watch Game Of Thrones in your region?
- Services that telecast GOT
- When will Game Of Thrones season 6 will be available in your region?
- Where to watch all the seasons of GOT?
So these are few most asked questions, which are going to be the highlight of this article. Lets began with the most asked query, How to Watch Game Of Thrones Online for free?
How To Watch Game Of Thrones Online for Free?
There are very few legal platforms in which you can watch Game Of Thrones online free, I did a little research and came up with two amazing services. Both the platforms are legit and safe to use. The first one is HBO’s official service HBO NOW and other one is Star Networks new online Streaming Service Hotstar. Lets start with HBO NOW.
As I told you earlier, that HBO NOW is Home Box Office Inc. official OTT VOD (Over-the-top Video-on-demand), service. The service was launched last year, just 2 or 3 months before the release of GOT season 5. HBO NOW is a monthly subscription based service, which cost around $15 per month. The reason why I added this service in the free streaming section is because of the free one month trial of the service.
The service of free streaming of all of HBO’s original content content both the ongoing and previous shows and movies. You can access the service by registering on their official website for the free trial. Follow some tricks to access the show for free.
- Create multiple accounts with different ID’s and get free trial for each account.
- HBO NOW also allows to create multiple profile with same account, in which you can access the show in around 3 to 4 screens, which you can access simultaneously on different devices. So you can pool your account with your friends.
HBO NOW is a great service, but nothing is perfect, and there is a drawback that the service is available only for the audience of the United States and few selected countries. Yes you can access the service with the help of VPNs as a lot of people of Australia, Canada… do, but it is not easy as HBO NOW is a little strict with VPNs.
Hotstar is an Indian Platform owned by Star Network (a FOX Subsidiary). The service offers a lot of regional and english shows like Modern Family, Louie. Star Cracked a deal for the telecast of Game Of Thrones in India, which will also be available on Hotstar, along with the cable network. The service is totally free, legal and need no registration. You can easily watch it on PC or Hotstar App on your android or iOS devices.
As Hotstar is an Indian Platform so it may not be available in your country due to geo restriction, so you might need a VPN service to access it from your country. The platform is great with easy to navigate interface and HD quality content.
Borrow a Cable ID
Almost all the cable services provides their customers with a cable subscription ID and a unique password. These IDs and passwords can be used to access any of the TV channels available on that particular package online. These channels are free to stream, and all the networks offers this service on their official page. So what you can do is, ask your family or friends for their ID to access HBO online. It might not be that hard to find a friend with a cable subscription. This is one of the easiest way to watch any show for free.
Networks Offering Game Of Thrones in Different Countries
Being the most popular ongoing TV show in the world, HBO has the responsibility to spread the show to each every fan around the world. Although HBO is a very popular media entertainment brand of the world, but as a TV channel it is not as popular in other countries as it is in US. This is the reason why HBO has made deals with a lot of other telecasting networks, which are more popular in their region (eg. Sky Network in Europe), to increase their reach for more and more audience.
The other reason is that HBO’s Game Of Thrones is one of the most pirated TV series in the world and by collaborating with the regional popular networks HBO can reduce this piracy by some factor. This is the reason why last year HBO launched the fifth season of Game Of Thrones in 170 countries around the world. The company has been working hard to expand the legal platforms for HBO’s originals.
Above is a I have created a list of legal OTT-VOD online streaming services, and the cable networks and channels offering the Game of Thrones and a brief info about the timing and the service.
United States has HBO NOW which I told you about earlier. The service will telecast the show at the same as it is aired on HBO’s official cable channel and HBO GO (24th of April, 9 pm).
In Australia, HBO sold the rights of Game Of Thrones to Foxtel Cable Company. So Australians can watch the show on Foxtel Channel. Apart from the cable channel, Foxtel also has an app for the audience who don’t have cable subscription.
The app allows you to watch the show online with the help of internet. Foxtel Go app usually costs you around 45% a month, but last year there was an offer, just before the release of Game Of Thrones season 5, in which you need to $30 a month for a 3 month subscription. The app also offers a 15 days free trial, which I think is a great way to test the service, and also to watch atleast 2 episodes for free. The first episode of the show will be shown at 25th of April, 11 am.
In United Kingdom, the rights of the show are sold to Sky Network, which is one of the biggest cable networks of the Western Europe. The show will be aired on the channel Sky Atlantic. Sky also has an app to watch Sky Channels online and Sky Atlantic is one of them. So you can also pay $15 a month to access the show.
Another way to watch Game Of Thrones online in UK is NOW TV entertainment pass. The pass is of around 6.99 Pounds a month. In my opinion the Now TV is a better option to watch the show if you don’t have a cable connection, as it is relatively cheaper.
In Canada the rights of Telecasting Game of Thrones Season six are owned by Bell Telecommunications. The cable and Telecom company will air the show on its channel Crave TV.
Other countries like USA, Australia, UK… Canadian fans don’t any independent online streaming service to watch Game Of Thrones online. There is a service TMN-GO which offers Game of Thrones, but the service also needs a cable subscription ID to log in.
The problem doesn’t end here, the solo network of Bell Telecom is not available in all the parts of Canada. Many of the suburban and rural parts don’t have a choice to watch the show even if they pay for it. This is the reason why, in the past years, Canadians have chosen some less legal ways to watch the show.
Last year when HBO launched the show in 170 countries around the world, they offered the show on HBO Defined and HBO HD TV channels. The move was not very successful because of two reasons. Lack of proper promotion of HBO’s new channels and the other one is that tragedy happened with the first four episodes of the show.
This year HBO has signed a deal with Star Network (Owned By FOX), which is a very popular network in India. The show will be aired on Channels Star World and Star World HD. Another way to watch Game of Thrones online is an online streaming platform Hotstar which is free of cost.
Just a few months earlier the service Hulu has cracked a deal with HBO, which includes a lot of hit originals of HBO including Game Of Thrones. The service was a subsidiary of Hulu (An American OTT-VOD company) until it was sold to a Japanese media entertainment company Nippon TV. So Japanese fans ca watch Game of Thrones online with Hulu.
The show Game of Thrones has always been in controversies in Russia. Despite all the hate by their government on the show, the fan following of the show in Russia is great. The show is aired by a Video-On-Demand service Amedia, which is owned by Amediateka. The service cost 299 rubles for a month.
China has always opposed the show for its violence and nudity, which is because the show was not available legally for the fans until a service Tencent Holdings bought the rights of the show. The other problem for the audience of China is the episodes are censored by the Chinese laws, which cuts out more or less around 10 minutes of any episode.
West Europe (Germany, Itlay…)
As I told you earlier Sky Network is the biggest cable provider of Western Europe. SO most of the countries of Europe can assess Game of Thrones via Sky TV channels and Apps. (eg. – Sky Italia for Itlay)
In most of the Eastern European countries Game Of Thrones is offered by HBO Network channels and also with HBO GO.
Watch Game Of Thrones with a season pass (Rental)
There is an another way of watching Game of Thrones online, which is using the video rental services. These services sell the complete season pass of the show, which includes all the episodes of that particular season. Some of the services which offered Game Of Thrones last year are iTunes and Google Play Movies And TV.
These services also offer the latest episode the next day it is released, but the situation is different in case of Game Of Thrones due to the high popularity and few other business factors. The show is offered as a complete season package, the day after the end of the last episode. The complete season cost around $30, but you have to wait for about 2 and a 1/2 months.
For Seasons other than season 6, Vigangel is the cheapest platform available right now. The service offers a particular episode in just 1 Dollar for standard quality and $2 for the HD quality. You can also buy the season pass and save some bucks. All the five seasons are available to rent or buy.
So guys this was my article on How to watch Game Of Thrones online free legally and the networks telecasting Gae Of Thrones around the world. If you have any problem related to watching Game Of Thrones in your country, leave a comment below, I will try my best to help you.
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