It’s the biggest and, arguably, the best television show series running, but where can you watch it? And which services offer a good alternative?
So many streaming services have hit our screens and each has something amazing to offer. Yet, none of it seems to matter unless they can give us one thing, Game of Thrones, on-demand, week-to-week.
Why doesn’t Presto stream Game Of Thrones?
Unfortunately, Foxtel still has Game Of Thrones nailed down. However, with the fifth season now over, there are a few ways you can catch up on Game Of Thrones (or even just re-watch the entire series) on the services listed below.
Netflix vs. Presto
Netflix is Foxtel’s number one enemy, and considering Foxtel’s tight grip on the popular series, if Netflix wants to get GOT they’ll have to pry it from News Corp's cold, dead hands, not to mention cut a deal with HBO, a company with its own (US-only) streaming service, HBO Now. It's not terribly likely, in other words.
Presto, however, is a joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media — the three companies are practically best buds. Still, to date, Foxtel hasn't put seasons of Game Of Thrones on Presto at all, although they are frequently available on other Foxtel-based streaming services.
Most notably, for the sixth season of Game Of Thrones, Foxtel is running a special deal that will see Foxtel Play, its Internet-delivered Foxtel service offered at a cut price rate. Usually, you have to pay $25 to add the Premium Movies and Drama pack to the base Foxtel Play pack for a combined monthly $45 access fee. For the next three months, new customers, and those adding the Premium Movies and Drama pack to an existing Foxtel Play subscription can slice that cost by $20, which means each month of access will only cost you $30. If you're a new customer, you can cut that price down even further with our 14 day free deal below:
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Foxtel Play may not be the cheapest way to watch Game Of Thrones, but it is definitely the best and most legitimate way to catch the latest episodes without paying for an entire Foxtel subscription. You will need to pay for a “Genre Pick” ($25) and a “Premium Movies and Drama Pack” (Usually $25 but for the three months that season six will be shown it'll only cost you $5 extra), totalling $30 per month. Keep in mind that there are some other great exclusives like Wayward Pines (in the Drama Pick). There’s also no contract, so you can simply cancel your plan when the season finishes.
Tunes also gives you the option of purchasing episodes individually or as a season, but you'll have to wait until all the episodes of season six are broadcast before you can watch them. If you're catching up and need previous season access, iTunes prices standard definition episodes at $2.99 and high definition episodes at $3.49. You can buy prior seasons of Game Of Thrones in standard definition for $27.99 or high definition for $32.99. As an added bonus, you can also buy a collection of Seasons 1-4 for $99.00.
Seasons 1-5 of Game Of Thrones are also available on the Google Play store, and like iTunes, Season 6 won't appear until all its episodes have been broadcast by Foxtel. They're typically at the same price as iTunes, but at the time of writing Google's promoting them for only $22.99 per season, although you'll still pay $2.99 per episode.
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What to watch when you can’t watch Game Of Thrones
Vikings (Netflix Australia)
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen and Gustaf Skarsgard
When The History Channel’s epic norse tale first aired, many were quick to assume this was another cheap cash-in on Game Of Thrones’ wild success. Before too long, though, it became clear that Vikings stood firmly on its own two feet.
Vikings follows Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel), a farmer and family man with an appetite for adventure. The saga of Ragnar (and his Viking brotherhood) depicts his rise to Viking royalty as he unites different tribes to fight a common enemy across Britain and France.
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House of Cards (Netflix Australia)
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara and Corey Stoll
House of Cards is the Netflix exclusive that has taken the world by storm. Probably the second biggest show on television behind Game Of Thrones, House of Cards follows the exploits of congressman and House majority whip, Francis Underwood (who is essentially the Littlefinger of Washington D.C.). After being denied his rightful position as Secretary of State, Frank (played magnificently by Spacey) and his equally power-hungry partner, Claire (Wright, also in spectacular form), devise a long and vicious plan to get Frank to the top of U.S congress.
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The Sopranos (Presto)
Cast: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli
Long before medieval-fantasy and zombies plagued our screens, it was mobsters and mafioso that gave us our kicks. Yet another tale of balancing precariously at the top, The Sopranos follows the lovable Tony Soprano as he climbs the ranks of New Jersey’s mob. Tony is one of the most complex characters ever to exist on the small-screen. He’s lazy, depressed, and easily angered. However, under all the killing, the cheating and the lying, Tony is actually a pretty relatable guy.
At times, you’re not sure whether to laugh, cry or wince — some episodes feel more like Curb Your Enthusiasm than Goodfellas. Watch one episode of The Sopranos and you will realise immediately why Gandolfini was one of the best actors to ever grace our television screens.
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The Wire (Presto)
Cast: Dominic West, Sonja Sohn, Lance Reddick, Idris Elba, Aidan Gillen (otherwise known as Littlefinger)
If it can be said about anyone, Petyr Baelish (as detestable as he is), knows how to play “the game”. Slowly spinning a web of lies and deceit, Littlefinger treats everyone he meets as just another pawn to manipulate.
The Wire follows the conflict between a drug kingpin and the Baltimore homicide and narcotics team. What makes The Wire so great, however, is that we get to see how all the pawns along the “drug chain” are affected. Another flawed protagonist, Detective McNulty has to contest with corrupt cops and politicians, junkies and dealers all while dealing with his own demons. The Wire is a gritty, realistic portrayal of the drug trade in Baltimore and has long been considered the greatest television series of all time.
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The Walking Dead (Presto)
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Dana Gurira, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus
Much like Game Of Thrones was adapted from the wildly popular fantasy novels, The Walking Dead has been adapted straight from the comic book series by Robert Kirkman.
The Walking Dead follows father and husband Rick Grimes after he awakes from a coma to find himself stranded in the zombie apocalypse. It sounds like pretty standard zombie-fare, but The Walking Dead separates itself by focusing on the interplay between human characters and groups.
A heads up though, Robert Kirkman might just be the second worse person when it comes to killing characters you love.
Sharpen your swords, and prepare the popcorn (and tissues), because The Walking Dead is available to stream on Presto today.