Where to watch Game of Thrones season 7 online in Australia

Brodie Fogg 28 June 2016

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Here's where you can catch season 7 of Game of Thrones in Australia when it airs later this year.

The wait between seasons of Game of Thrones always feels like a lifetime (spare a thought for the book fans) but now. a quarter of the way through 2017, we finally have a release date for the final season of Game of Thrones, Monday 17 July.

As per usual for the Game of Thrones series, Foxtel has the broadcasting rights locked down tight so you're going to want to sign up for a free trial of Foxtel Play if you're going to catch it as it airs.

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Once the season has totally wrapped up (there will only be seven episodes this season), you'll be able to download Game of Thrones through all the usual avenues, like iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft movies and PlayStation movies.

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.'

Where can I watch Game of Thrones Season 7 legally and how 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 Play.

This service works much like other streaming services like Netflix in that you stream video content directly through your internet connection.

Where Foxtel Play differs, however, is in its pricing model. To stream Game of Thrones, you will 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).

Do you still want to know more about Foxtel Play? Check out our comprehensive guide to Foxtel's on-demand streaming service.

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.

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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 costs $15 per month.

What time does Game of Thrones air in Australia?

Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7 will air on HBO on Sunday nights in the US. Foxtel shows Game of Thrones the moment it airs in the US (Mondays in Australia).

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6 Responses to Where to watch Game of Thrones season 7 online in Australia

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    Rosalyn | October 22, 2016

    I am on a old pension and I would like to find out how to get the game of thrones and overlander we have no land line just mobile and lap top com. can anyone advise me which way to go

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      Brodie | October 31, 2016

      Hi Rosalyn,

      May I ask how much data you get per month? It’s hard to recommend streaming/downloading on a mobile plan as they typically have small data allowances and high excess fees.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    Byron | May 2, 2016

    Hi Brodie,

    Do you happen to know the best place for a guy like me to catch up on the previous seasons of GoT?
    Love your stuff, btw.

    Warm regards,
    Byron

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      Brodie | May 3, 2016

      Hi Byz,

      You can stream older seasons of Game of Thrones through Foxtel Play’s Boxsets channel or purchase individual episodes/seasons through a digital media store like iTunes. Alternatively, a tech-savvy guy like yourself could use a VPN like UnblockUS to access HBO GO on your Apple or Android device.

      Thanks for your kind words Byz,
      Brodie

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    Sukhi | April 9, 2016

    When will we be able to get a season pass for season 6 GoT in services like windows store or Google play? I’m guessing they won’t have the episode available for streaming as soon as it airs right?

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      Brodie | April 11, 2016

      Hi Sukhi,

      Unfortunately, Foxtel or Foxtel Play are the only options for catching Game of Thrones as soon as it airs.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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