Where to watch the Game of Thrones season 7 finale in Australia
Find out how to watch Game of Thrones Season 7 for free using this two-week free trial.
UPDATE 28/02/2017: This is it, folks. After years of plodding along, putting all the pieces into place, Game of Thrones Season 7 came out of the gate with a fire in its belly, burning through the various plotlines with record pace. Now the finale is upon us and after last week's devastating end, it's set to be a big one. If you're up to date, lucky you. The finale is live and streaming now on Foxtel Now. Even if you do have some catching up to do, you can binge Season 7 in its entirety using Foxtel Now's two-week free trial.
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Where can I watch Game of Thrones Season 7 legally and does much will it cost?
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 Now.
This service works much like other streaming services like Netflix in that you stream video content directly through your internet connection and has a two-week free trial.
Where Foxtel Now differs, however, is in its pricing model. To stream Game of Thrones, you only need to subscribe to the Drama pack (valued at $15 per month) but if you're looking to expand your streaming options, you can add channel packs like sports and movies ($29 for sport, $20 for movies).
If you're looking to go all out with a set-top box, it will cost you $46 per month. However, you will also have to pay a $100 set-up fee. All up you will pay a minimum of $146 if you're getting a Foxtel IQ3 box just to watch Thrones.
However, now that Season 7 has finished, you can download the entire season is standard or high definition from iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation Movies and Microsoft Film and TV.
What channel is Game of Thrones on in Australia?
If you're already a subscriber to Foxtel, you would watch Game of Thrones on the showcase channel. The showcase channel is available through the Drama Pack, which costs $15 per month.
What time does Game of Thrones air in Australia?
Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7 aired on HBO on Sunday nights at 9pm in the US. Foxtel showed Game of Thrones the moment it aired in the US (Mondays in Australia at 11am).
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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.'
Why it's not all bad
Obviously, $146 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 Now.
In addition to the premium content you get access to when signing up to Foxtel Now, there’s also no archaic lock-in contracts, meaning you can cancel the service as soon as Game of Thrones ends if you like.