Game Of Thrones Season 7: All The Ways To Watch In Australia [Updated]

Game Of Thrones streaming in Australia

The wait is finally over: on July 17, the seventh season of HBO's award-winning fantasy series Game Of Thrones will premiere around the world. It promises to be the most action-packed season yet, with the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens and White Walkers all marching towards their penultimate endgames. We have no idea who's going to survive and we can't wait to find out!

In Australia, the only "official" way to watch Game Of Thrones at the same time as the US is via Foxtel. However, there are a few options available that don't require you to sign up to a costly pay TV subscription. In addition, Foxtel Now has new entry-level pricing to coincide with the return of the show. Here are all the ways to watch Game Of Thrones Season 7 in Australia.

Game Of Thrones On Pay TV

As we pointed out last year, only an idiot would sign up for Foxtel's $46 Drama Combo just to watch Game Of Thrones. While the company has finally removed lock-in contracts (yay!), you're still looking at a minimum of $92 for the full season, plus a $100 installation fee. If you have no interest in Foxtel's other Pay TV content, this is obviously a dumb way to go.

Game Of Thrones On Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now (formerly Foxtel Play) is Foxtel's revamped on-demand streaming service. Previously, you needed to spend at least $45 per month to access Game Of Thrones this way, which worked out to around $112 for the full season run. Thankfully, the show is now available in the entry-level Pop pack for $15 a month. Because this season has a shorter episode count (seven instead of ten), you should be able to watch the whole thing for just $30. As an added bonus, it will also stream in HD for the first time.

Because Foxtel Now allows two simultaneous streams, you can go halves with a friend and watch the whole thing for just $15 - which is cheaper than renting from iTunes or Google Play. Also, if you're willing to wait until just before the final two episodes air, you can watch the whole thing for free!

Foxtel Now: Is Foxtel's New Streaming Service Worth The Money?

Foxtel has announced a revamped high-definition video streaming service dubbed Foxtel Now - and it's priced competitively with Stan and Netflix. With subscriptions starting at just $10 per month, it's a far cry from the company's prohibitively expensive Pay TV offerings. (In fact, it's actually cheaper than Netflix's HD tiers which start at $11.99.)

But what do you actually get for your ten dollarydoos? Does Foxtel Now include Game Of Thrones? Do you still need to add a bunch of additional packs to make it worthwhile? We take a look at the prices, inclusions and your frequently asked questions.

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Game Of Thrones On HBO Now

HBO Now is a Netflix-style streaming service that is not currently available in Australia. However, it's technically possible to scam your way in using an Apple TV media player, a VPN service and a fake US iTunes account.

The service comes with a 30-day free trial and then costs $14.99 per month. Just be mindful that the legalities of geo-blocking circumvention are a bit murky.

Game Of Thrones On iTunes / Google Play

Foxtel's exclusive rights to Game Of Thrones only last for the duration of the season's run. After that, it becomes available to rent or purchase digitally from Google Play and iTunes. If pricing is the same as last year, you can expect to pay $27.99 for the full season in standard definition, or $32.99 in high definition.

The downside to this method is that you'll need to wait until the final episode airs. On the plus side, you can then binge-watch the whole thing in one go and you'll have (more-or-less) permanent copies.

Game Of Thrones On DVD / Blu-ray

They say physical media is dead - we beg to differ. The Blu-ray release of Game Of Thrones always has a superb transfer, offering the very best audio and video quality on the market. Plus, you get exclusive special features and dinky packaging to put on your shelf. The only downside is the wait: you're looking at around ten months after the final episode airs, which is a long time to avoid spoilers!

Game Of Thrones Torrents

Rest assured, every episode of Game Of Thrones will be appearing on imitations of The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents and various piracy streaming sites. There's no stopping the spread of torrents: for every site that gets knocked offline or banned by the government, two seem to spring up in its place. And like Jon Snow, they often refuse to stay dead - and bypassing the government blocks is easy.

Are You Planning To Pirate Game Of Thrones This Year?

Each year, Australia is crowned the pirate capital of the world in response to our insatiable appetite for Game Of Thrones torrents. A recent study by Finder found a whopping 32 per cent of Aussie 'GoT' fans plan to pirate season 7.

We're not sure this is such a good idea. Following the passing of anti-piracy legislation in Australia, where do you now stand on pirating the show?

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Accessing Game Of Thrones this way obviously isn't legal, but we suspect it's what most non-Foxtel customers will end up doing. Many will justify the decision by either purchasing the Blu-ray at a later date or complaining that the availability options are too limited. (This is an unconvincing argument when you consider that most other markets are in the same boat. For example, if you want Game Of Thrones in the US, you need to subscribe to HBO; it's no different to Australia's Foxtel situation.)

With Foxtel and HBO stepping up the war on piracy - and our own government blocking websites at the behest of rights holders - you can expect your naughty downloads to be scrutinised more than ever. Proceed with caution.

Here's The Cheapest Way To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 7 (Legally)

The hugely popular TV series Game Of Thrones is set to return on July 17. If you're one of the many Aussies who have been spooked away from piracy, you're going to need a cheap and legal way to watch.

We've looked at the options and worked out the most cost-effective method. With a friend in tow, it's possible to get the entire series for as little as $7.50. Here's how it's done.

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Comments

    Torrent then buy on Google Play because morals.

    "This is an unconvincing argument when you consider that most other markets are in the same boat. For example, if you want Game Of Thrones in the US, you need to subscribe to HBO; it's no different to Australia's Foxtel situation."

    That's so BS. Do you even understand the word "Monopoly"? In America you have option to watch game of thrones. You have cable provider such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Directv etc. All these providers give you options to subscribe to hbo, with also giving you the option to watch online, because the cable providers in America also give you internet, and because there's no Foxtel over there, you can watch the football through cable tv or through the internet.

    You also don't have to get cable tv+hbo to watch game of thrones. You can watch game of throne on the internet in full hd, it's called HBO Now. HBO Now is $15/month and you can watch all hbo shows, all seasons, in full hd. If they had that in Australia for around $20, you would see piracy on game of thrones plumet. Unfortunately that will not happen because a monopoly called Foxtel.

    Have you notice that Netflix shows are rarely pirated? This is because of the 3 entertainment rules. 1. Pricing, 2. Quality, 3 Accessibility. Foxtel is the problem. $15/month for game of thrones on Foxtel is a good start but not good enough. Why would i pay money to watch a tv show in 720p on my 1080p tv.

    Foxtel need competition. They now have the rights to all nrl game, which is not good for sports fans, because when channel nine stops showing the nrl, the price of the sports channels will skyrocket. This is what monopolies do, they get rid of competition and then charge people a crazy amout for content that can only be found through them, and them only.

    If the government made a law stating that all entertainment is available to all companies and streaming services in Australia, and banning 1 companies from owning a tv show or movie unless they produced it themselves. This would destroy piracy. Netflix would have game of thrones, google play, amazon prime, quickflix, etc. Avoid Stan that is foxtel. A good amount of competition is what Australia needs. Unfortunately Foxtel will do everything they can to stop this happening. The government loves money which is why foxtel is always up their bums to stop the pirate websites, but because most ppl in the government are grampa's(ppl who know nothing about what day it is) they will never understand the real problem.

    You should do your research.

    If you're prepared to wait till the season's over to watch them, then don't waste money buying access via Google/Apple. Just sign up for the free 2 week trial with Foxtel Now and binge. Then just remember to cancel before the trial is up - and you've watched them for free.

    It should also be noted that subscribing to HBO Now cost 15 US dollars (i.e. $20 AU) per month.

    if Foxtel Now had of been 1080 i probably would have taken that option.

    The legit way, Foxtel Now, has no subtitles.

    I don't watch a lot of TV, but I love game of thrones. Is there any way for me to legally purchase and watch season 7 as it airs in the US (or close to) without signing up for an expensive Foxtel package that I'll never use?

      See the HBO Now section.

      Using a VPN to circumvent geoblocks is 100% legal, it just might be against the websites terms of service though.

    If Foxtel allowed me to stream a selection of their channels in HD1080 I would happily purchase a subscription. Their finger is so far off the pulse it's laughable and their losing lots of potential income as a result.

    I gave Foxtel Now a spin. The 720p was not terrible, although perhaps my TV is just very good at up-scaling. Confined to chromecast, almost bearable. The big letdown was only stereo sound. How can a fan be happy with this!

    How long does Foxtel Now keep episodes available? Could you jump in mid season and catch up, only needing to subscribe for one month?

    For months Foxtel has been running ads crowing about the fact that GOT was being shown in Australia at EXACTLY the same time as the US, in fact at 11.00am.

    This was a big fat lie, the torrent was available at 11.20am in Australia.

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