The fourth and arguably best season of Game Of Thrones has just ended its run on Foxtel. You can now purchase the show from other content providers without paying an exorbitant monthly fee. Here are the details and pricing for each option, along with our verdict for which is best.
This year, Australians were denied access to Game Of Thrones on iTunes, which meant the only way to watch the show legally was through Foxtel. Thankfully, the exclusivity deal has now run its course, which means there are finally some alternative purchasing options available for people who refuse to pirate.
If you're keen to sign up for Foxtel specifically for Game Of Thrones, you probably should have done so before the Season 4 premiere. That said, you can still access the episodes via this method if you want to.
The cheapest Foxtel Pay TV package which includes Game Of Thrones is $74 a month: in other words, it's only worth considering if you enjoy a wide selection of their content. Alternatively, you can opt for Foxtel Play with a Premium Movies & Drama package for a total $35 per month. Again, this is really only worth considering if you're a big consumer of TV shows and movies. Visit Foxtel for a deeper overview of what's on offer.
Quickflix is one of the first Aussie streaming services to offer Game Of Thrones Season 4. Quickflix customers can purchase and stream the entirety of Season 4 through Quickflix’s premium pay-per episode and season pass service.
Individual episodes cost $2.99 in standard definition or $3.48 in HD. The season pass will set you back $28.99 (SD) or $33.99 (HD). Quickflix's streaming service costs $9.95 per month, although you don't need to be a Quickflix customer to purchase individual seasons or episodes. (If you want access to the full service, there's currently a free two-week trial available.) Head to Quickflix's website for more information.
On Google Play, all ten episodes will cost you $28.99 in standard definition, or you can pay $2.99 per single episode. The HD version costs $3.49 per episode and $34.99 for the whole season.
Google Play's Season 4 package also includes over 25 minutes of exclusive content, including a guide to the new characters and locations and the featurette A Slave To Grammar: Creating the Valyrian Language. You can get the full season here.
DVD or Blu-ray
If you don't mind waiting a while longer, the show will be coming to physical media later in the year. You can expect the standard edition Blu-ray and DVDs to cost around the same as their digital equivalents, although there will likely be a bunch of special versions that cram in extra features and collectibles.
If Season 4 follows the same release schedule as previous seasons, you can expect the discs to appear sometime in February next year -- quite a long, wait in other words.
Winner: Google Play
It's a close match between Quickflix and Google Play, but the addition of exclusive video content makes Google the winner by a hair.