Does Netflix have Game of Thrones Season 7?
While Australia continues to illegally download the most popular show on television in record numbers, Foxtel shows no signs of letting it go.
UPDATE 21/07/2017: It's 2017 now. Game of Thrones Season 7 is here and it is blindingly obvious Game of Thrones is not coming to Netflix anytime soon. However, there are a few options at your disposal, including but not limited to Foxtel's revamped streaming service, Foxtel Now.
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With Australia’s long awaited Netflix launch yesterday’s news, we’re finally getting a taste for the joys of content streaming, which our TV binging counterparts in the USA have been enjoying for years. The question on everyone’s lips – shortly after “where’s my credit card?” and “can my broadband handle what is about to happen?” – was if the television phenomenon that is Game of Thrones would ever make the jump from Foxtel to Netflix in Australia. The short answer is no. The long answer is no, not ever.
We spoke to Jamie Campbell, media liaison at Foxtel to get clarification on this very subject and were advised that Foxtel would be showing Game of Thrones right through to “the end of the series.” Word on the street was that the license for Game of Thrones was set to expire on October 31 this year, leaving the door open for a bidding war, however, it appears Foxtel wasn’t about to lose its marquee IP, and secured the rights to Game of Thrones till the end of the series last year.
This means that as long as showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benihoff keep the tales of Westeros on the small screen, Foxtel will keep showing it to Aussies – at a price. If you’re clever about it, you could pay as little as $15 for the new season on Foxtel Now, Foxtel’s IPTV service. In a bid to win new subscribers, Foxtel is offering its Drama and Pop packages – both of which include Game of Thrones – for just $15 a month. Both subscribers and non-subscribers can make use of the no lock-in contract to sign up a single month, watch Season 5, and get out again. It’s the worst kept secret in Australian, however, that nefarious other means of accessing Game of Thrones episodes occur in spades.
As a country, we continue to make headlines for illegally downloading the show, with the Season 3 finale downloaded a record one million times within 24 hours. In previous years, this was partly due to Australian audiences wanting to watch the show as soon as it became available; Game of Thrones is notorious for its heart-wrenching and gobsmacking spoilers. This is set to change in 2015. HBO, who produce Game of Thrones, will simulcast the new season in 170 countries, which means Australians can get their GoT fix on April 13 at 11am AEST on Foxtel, at exactly the same time as millions of other fans round the world.
It’s no doubt a bid to reduce piracy, but will it have any effect in Australia? With an influx of streaming services entering the market at a more attractive price point than Foxtel (Netflix starts at $8.99 per month, Presto at $9.99 per month, and Stan at $10 per month), Aussies have more choice than ever when it comes to a good old TV viewing binge. Guide: which TV shows are on Netflix, Presto, and Stan?
We’ll have to wait until April 13 to find out for sure. But no, Game of Thrones will never be making it’s way to Netflix. Game of Thrones is available on Foxtel Now at 11am AEST on April 13, and will be broadcast on Foxtel Prime at 7:30pm the same day.