Where You Can (And Can’t) Watch Your Fave TV Shows This Year

Where You Can (And Can’t) Watch Your Fave TV Shows This Year

The US non-ratings season is nearly over, which means all your favourite TV shows will soon be returning to television screens. However, whether you’ll actually get to watch them depends on the entertainment services you subscribe to. With that in mind, here are five of the most popular shows in Australia — as voted by our readers — along with the only places you can (legally) access them.

During last year’s Lifehacker Awards, we asked you to vote for your favourite TV Shows of 2014. In no particular order, the top five included Game Of Thrones, Silicon Valley, House of Cards, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who. Unfortunately, the majority of these programs will not be available on free-to-air television. If you refuse to pirate, here’s where you’ll need to go to watch them during their maiden run.

Game Of Thrones: April 12, Foxtel

Game Of Thronesmost popular download

Silicon Valley: April 12, Foxel

House Of Cards: February 27, Netflix

House Of Cards

The Walking Dead: February 8, Foxtel

The Walking DeadGame Of Thrones

Doctor Who: Mid-year, ABC

Doctor Who

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  • With respect to “The Walking Dead”, the wait for it to appear on iTunes is one whole day after the US broadcast – not exactly a deal-breaker (unless they changed something since the mid-season hiatus).

    • As someone who owns no apple devices, there is literally no reason I’d ever want iTunes on my computer. Unless they’ve gone and made them some transferable non locked down filetype so I can watch them when I want where I want without joining the apple army while I wasn’t looking?

  • Fair enough, I was just pointing out that the article didn’t really convey the true situation. Also, my understanding is that “The Walking Dead” is also available on GooglePlay if Android is more your thing. 🙂

    • Well, except Doctor Who.

      It appears on iView as soon as it has aired in the UK, and last year they showed it on TV at the same time as the UK (at 4:00 in the morning), and then again at 7:00 at night.

      Which means that if you miss the 4:00 screening, but want to watch it before the 7:00 screening, you can simply go online to iView (which is available on all platforms) and stream it. I did that twice last season, and the quality wasn’t too bad either.

      There’s no reason to torrent Doctor Who, since it’s available to stream for free as soon as it’s aired thanks to iView.

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