The hotly-anticipated fourth season of HBO's Game Of Thrones is set to debut in April. To the annoyance of many Australians, this year's season will be shown exclusively on Foxtel, which means you no longer have the option of buying the episodes on iTunes shortly after transmission. Foxtel is offering an olive branch in the form of a Premium Movies & Drama package spearheaded by Game Of Thrones for just $10 per month. The downside is that you need to be a Foxtel Play customer to take advantage of the deal.
From April 1, new and existing Foxtel Play customers will be able to access Premium Movies & Drama content for just $10 per month. The $10 deal will remain active for the full run of Game Of Thrones season four, along with other popular shows such as Mad Men, Girls, House of Cards and True Blood.
Even if you ignore all the other goodies, this still works out at a very reasonable $3 per episode. However, you'll also need a Foxtel Play subscription which brings the total to a minimum of $35 per month. That's a lot of dosh to pay if you're only interested in Game Of Thrones and nothing else.
It also limits what kind of hardware you can view the content on compared to the old iTunes model. (Access to Foxtel Play requires a broadband connection and only works on a handful of compatible devices including LG or Samsung smart TVs, the Xbox 360 and Macs/PCs.)
Unfortunately, the only non-illegal way to access the show immediately is via Foxtel -- your other options are to pirate from a torrent service or wait for the Blu-ray/DVD. On the plus side, Foxtel Play has no lock-in contract which means you can cancel your subscription as soon as Game Of Thrones finishes. It's not ideal, but better than paying $74 per month for Foxtel proper.
Do you think Foxtel Play's Game Of Thrones deal is good value for money? What else would the company need to offer to make your pay for the show? Share your opinions in the comments section below.
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