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How To Watch Game of Thrones Online In The UK

How To Watch Game of Thrones Online In The UK

The long wait is over, and Game of Thrones Season 7 is finally here. More than a year after Season 6 of GoT ended with multiple cliffhangers (as usual), the series is back – but with just seven episodes.

Season 8, set to air sometime in 2018 (or possible even in 2019 according to some reports), will be the last ever season of Game of Thrones – but we still have a long way to go.

For those who need a refresher, Game of Thrones is an American fantasy programme based on the A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The TV version was created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The series premiered in 2011, and is now one of the most talked about programmes in the world.

Where Can I Watch Game of Thrones In The UK – Past And Current Episodes?

In the US, Game of Thrones airs on HBO, a premium cable network. In the UK it normally airs on Sky Atlantic. Cord cutters, however, also have several options for watching the show – both past seasons and the latest one. First, no – Game of Thrones does NOT air on Netflix in the UK, despite repeated questions.

While Game of Thrones The Independent reportsis one of the most pirated shows on Earth, you really shouldn’t try to watch it illegally  – first and foremost because it’s not a moral thing to do, but also because you run the risk of getting caught. Recently, HBO and their anti-piracy partner, IP Echelon, have started targeting users who download torrents of the series, reporting their IPs to their internet service providers.

Game of Thrones - Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Photo: HBO

Thankfully, there are several legal ways to watch Game of Thrones in the UK, even without cable:

NOW TV – New and Old Episodes (Limited Time)

Sky’s on-demand service, meant to compete with Netflix, offers a cheaper price over Sky’s cable TV offerings.

NOW TV Occasionally offers box-sets of all the previous seasons of Game of Thrones, but those are usually time-limited, so check their catalogue before you subscribe, if you’re in the market for old seasons.

Episodes of Season 7 of Game of Thrones are released weekly, along with their US broadcast – and they even offer subtitles (unlike most other programmes on NOW TV at the moment.)

Pros: 

  • Cheap, monthly subscription (£6.99 a month, £7.99 starting August 15) – includes Game of Thrones and many other programmes.
  • Includes the newest episodes, each one added shortly after airing in the US.

Cons:

  • Picture Quality: Only gets up to 720p, without Full HD (that’s a current limitation of NOW TV)
  • Past seasons are not always available, and don’t have subtitles.

Watch On: NOW TV Box, Chromecast, Apple TV, Gaming consoles, Certain models of Smart TVs (No Amazon Fire TV)

Click Here to check NOW TV’s current offers.

Amazon Instant Video – Older Episodes 

Amazon’s video on demand library only offers the older seasons (currently up to Season 6). Season 7 is likely to be added shortly after the end of its run.

Note that Game of Thrones is NOT available as part of the Prime Video subscription – you have to buy the seasons directly.

Pros: 

  • Full HD quality (1080p)
  • Episodes are yours to keep forever
  • Subtitles!

Cons:

  • Buying all the seasons can get expensive.

Watch On: Amazon’s website, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Smartphones, Gaming consoles (NO Chromecast or Apple TV).

Click Here To Check The Purchase Price For past seasons of Game of Thrones.

Google Play Store – Older Episodes

Google’s play store offers all past seasons of Game of Thrones as part of their Video on Demand store. Season 7 is likely to be available once the current run ends.

Pros: 

  • Full HD (1080p) quality
  • Episodes are yours to keep forever.
  • Subtitles

Cons: 

  • Buying all the seasons can get expensive.

Watch On: Chromecast, certain models of Smart TVs, Roku, smartphones and certain other devices via the YouTube app (No direct Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV support).

Click Here To Check Prices On The Google Play Store.

Happy Watching, and remember – in the UK, Winter is ALWAYS Coming…

Writer and news editor based in London, I cut the TV cord back in 2014 and never looked back. I watch A LOT of TV, and thankfully I can choose whatever I want to watch without depending on archaic channels.

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