How much will it cost you to legally watch Game of Thrones Season 6?
Game Of Thrones Season 6 has concluded, which means that your options for watching it legally have expanded considerably. Here's what you'll pay across multiple providers.
Update 1 December 2016Foxtel Play has just overhauled its offerings, including dropping its entry price to just $10. What's more, the base price to get Game of Thrones is now just $15, with either the Pop or Drama starter pack, both of which include Showcase, the home of HBO on Foxtel.
Update 28 June 2016 Game of Thrones Season 6 has aired in Australia in its entirety -- and we won't be spoiling anything if you're concerned about that. If you want to catch up on the latest in the hit HBO series, the end of transmission on Foxtel opens up your avenues to legally buy and watch the entire series.
The entire season six is now available on Google Play, where it will cost you $2.99 per episode with a slight discount if you buy the whole series at $23.49 in Standard definition or $27.99 in High Definition. It’s the cheapest streaming way to buy the entire season, as iTunes also offers it but charges $30.99 for the high definition version or $25.99 for the standard definition version.
The conclusion of season six also means that the entire season is available to Foxtel Play, Foxtel Anytime and Foxtel Go subscribers to watch at their leisure, along with other seasons of the hit HBO show.
UPDATE 18 April 2016: Foxtel has just announced a discount that targets Game of Thrones fans specifically. For the three months that Game of Thrones airs, Foxtel Play customers can access the Premium Movie and Drama pack (usually priced at $20 per month) to just $5 per month.
It's worth noting that you still need to pay for one of the base channel packs (Entertainment, Drama, Documentaries, and Kids), which will set you back an additional $25 per month. All up, Game of Thrones fans can expect to pay $90.00 to watch Game of Thrones Season 6 in its entirety, that's $45.00 cheaper than the previous cost of $135.00.
Why don’t other services offer Game of Thrones?
Back in 2012, HBO offered the Australian provider, Foxtel, an exclusive output deal. This agreement granted Foxtel the first-run rights to HBO’s stellar lineup, including, but far from limited to Game of Thrones.
Immediately, we saw the ripples of this decision affect our free-to-air channels as SBS had to pull the popular Boardwalk Empire and trash any plans for future reruns on its network.
There was a time when you could pay for the latest episode of GoT on iTunes the day after it aired, but after season 3, Foxtel and HBO’s agreement stopped iTunes from fast-tracking episodes to Australian consumers. There were even whispers that HBO Now would available for Apple TV users in Australia – but it never came, and HBO went as far as 'cutting-off' Australian VPN users. Whether or not Foxtel had anything to do with HBO Now cutting off Australian geo-dodgers is anyone’s guess, but Foxtel’s statement below is dubious at best:
'HBO license content on a territory by territory basis… This action has been taken by them to preserve that model. It is not specific to Australia. They do however regularly communicate with Foxtel about their plans.'Back to top
Where can I watch Game of Thrones Season 6 legally and why will it cost $135?
Unless you want to go all out with a Foxtel subscription (set-top box and all), the next best (and cheaper) option is signing up to Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Play. This service works much like other streaming services such as Presto and Netflix, in that you stream video content directly through your internet connection.
Where Foxtel Play differs, however, is in its pricing model. To get started you will need to select at least one Genre Pick (valued at $25 each with discounts for multiple genres), then, to get Game of Thrones, you will need to pay an additional $20 a month for the Premium Movies and Drama pack (where you’ll find Game of Thrones). Typically, a season of Game of Thrones will last three months and the minimum cost you can expect to pay for three months of Foxtel Play with GoT included is $135. If you opted for additional genre picks that figure could be higher.Back to top
Why it's not all bad
Obviously, $135 is a lot to pay to watch one season of your favourite show – there’s no debating that. However, it would be unfair to omit the fact that you also get access to a massive range of premium TV shows and movies within that price bracket. Below are some the best TV shows you’ll also have access to when signing up to Foxtel Play.
In addition to the premium content you get access to when signing up to Foxtel Play, there’s also no archaic lock-in contracts, meaning you can cancel the service as soon as Game of Thrones ends if you like.
What channel is Game of Thrones on in Australia?
If you're already a subscriber to Foxtel, you catch Game of Thrones on the showcase channel. The showcase channel is available through the Drama Pack, which is included in the Drama Combo ($46.00 p/month), Platinum HD ($50.00 p/month) or Sports and Drama Combo ($71.00 p/month).
What time does Game of Thrones air in Australia?
Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 6 air on HBO at 9:00PM Sunday night in the US. Foxtel shows Game of Thrones the moment it airs in the US, 11:00AM AEST on Monday.
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