The final season of Game Of Thrones will be swooping onto TV screens this Monday (April 15.) We've worked out the most cost-effective way to watch the show legally in Australia.
With a friend in tow, it's possible to watch the series for as little as $12.50. With a little judicious timing, you can even watch the whole thing for free! Here's how it's done.
Optus is spruiking a new range of migratory NBN plans that purport to offer faster speeds and "Optus perks" to customers upgrading from regular broadband. However, when compared to equivalent NBN plans from rival telcos, the overall value isn't that great.
There are several ways to watch Game Of Thrones in Australia without Foxtel. However, most of them are legally dubious, require months of waiting or are flat-out illegal. If you'd prefer to keep things 100% above board, Foxtel is currently your only option.
Fortunately, it's possible to bring the price down significantly by recruiting a mate and using some clever timing.
How to watch Game Of Thrones for cheap in Australia
Foxtel's on-demand streaming service holds the exclusive streaming rights to Game Of Thrones in Australia. To get the show, you need to sign up to an Essentials pack, which will set you back $25 per month. The final episode is due to be broadcast on May 20, which means you're looking at a minimum of $50 to watch the whole thing.
But here's the trick - Foxtel Now comes with a free 10-day trial for new customers. If you sign up after April 15, you should be able to watch the whole season in a single billing session.
You can also slash the price by an additional 50% if you get a friend to split the cost with you. (Foxtel Now allows you to stream to two devices simultaneously, which means you can both watch the show at the same time in your own houses.)
This brings the total to just $12.50 for you and your friend - which is a lot cheaper and timelier than buying the Blu-ray or renting via iTunes/Google. And that's before you factor in all the other movies and shows that are included in the Foxtel Essentials pack. Just make sure you cancel your subscription after May 19 to avoid additional charges.
Watch Game Of Thrones free
If you're a super cheapskate, sign up to Foxtel's 10-day trial during the penultimate episode on May 13. You can then binge watch all of the previous episodes over a week, before enjoying the finale at the same time as everyone else on May 20. As long as you cancel before your free trial ends, you wont be charged anything. Bargain!
Wait, what about internet speeds?
If you're streaming Game Of Thrones season 8, you're naturally going to want the best possible picture quality. This requires a fast and reliable internet connection - especially if you're using a VPN which can lead to serious latency issues.
With that in mind, here are some of the best ADSL2, NBN and mobile broadband options currently available in Australia. Sign up to avoid disappointment!
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After two long years, it's finally happening: on April 14, the eighth and final season of HBO's award-winning fantasy series Game Of Thrones will premiere around the world. In Australia, the only "official" way to watch Game Of Thrones concurrently with the US is through Foxtel.
However, there are a few options available that don't require you to sign up to a costly pay TV subscription - some of which are technically legal. Here are all the ways to watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 in Australia.