The Cheapest Way To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 In Australia

The Cheapest Way To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 In Australia
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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.

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!

Fast NBN 100 plans:

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  • I prefer to watch in HD, so Foxtel is out. Given the greedy and rather ruthless attitude of rights holders to date, I’ll be getting it for free in “HD” thanks anyway Foxtel!

    • Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go are all available in HD so that’s no excuse to pirate. Given the season will cost $115 million isn’t it fair that HBO (and the rights holders who pay HBO) recoup some of that cost?

      Or do you like many look for any excuse not to pay no matter how flimsy the rationale?

      • How much extra do you need to pay for HD and can you get it as part of the free trial mentioned above? Somehow I doubt it, but if so I’ll check it out.
        Sure, I have no problem with HBO making money from it and I hope they make a good profit but that’s not the issue here is it. In Australia in particular, but all over the world, the so-called rights holders are holding everyone to ransom. When I can watch it in HD via a provider of my choice, then I’ll pay and willingly. After all, it’s way easier to do it that way.

      • I’d happily PPV with, I hope, a big slice going to HBO. What I don’t want to do is sign up to a monthly committment for several tens of dollars to watch 1 hour a week (the rest of their scheduling isn’t for me, and even after paying you still get ads) and have HBO only get a tiny slice.

      • Subscription fees go to Foxtel. Not HBO.

        HBO gets its money when Foxtel buys the rights to it in Australia. HBO already has its money.

        So the only one loosing money is Foxtel which is fine by me.

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