Heidi Finigan | 14 Mar 2019
With the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones airing in just a few weeks, waiting days or weeks for the release of each episode in Australia isn’t an option. We know how frustrating it can be to miss out on the first few episodes and be bombarded with spoilers which can ruin the entire experience for you.
To avoid spoilers, you could just delete all of your social media apps along with Safari or Google Chrome and become a digital recluse – just kidding. If you’re here to find out how to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 outside of the US then you’re in the right place. We’ll go over the easiest legal ways to get Game of Thrones Season 8 on your screens when it airs on April 15th.
Unlike previous seasons of Game of Thrones, getting your hands on the latest episodes in Australia has become a whole lot easier. Foxtel has upped their game and various VPN services now allow for easy international tunnelling to authorised global live streams of the show.
If you’re already a Foxtel customer, looking to invest in Foxtel Now for the duration of Season 8 or wanting to access Game of Thrones via HBO Now we have all of the information for you below.
Up first is the most simple, legal way to get your hands on Game of Thrones Season 8 in Australia. Just use your existing Foxtel subscription or sign up to the service. If you’re overseas at the time of the broadcast, you can also use a VPN to unblock Foxtel’s Australian websites. You’ll find Game of Thrones Season 8 on Foxtel’s Fox Showcase channel.
On Fox Showcase, Game of Thrones initially airs at the same time as the US, which in Australia is generally sometime during the day around 1pm. Later in the evening, the show will be broadcast at local times, generally around 10pm.
To make watching the series a little easier, set your iQ Box to record the initial live broadcast from the US and you’ll be able to watch it ad-free when you’re home from work or school. If you don’t have an iQ box, the Foxtel Now app will have an on-demand feature that allows you to stream the latest Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes.
For Aussie’s who don’t have a Foxtel subscription, you’re able to sign up to the service on the foxtel.com.au website. Be sure to check which package you’re signing up to and make sure that it offers access to the Fox Showcase channel. At the time of writing, the ‘SPORT + DRAMA + ENTERTAINMENT’ package comes in at $58 a month and offers Game of Thrones Season 8 to Australians.
Foxtel Now is a standalone service. You’re able to sign up to Foxtel Now on the foxtel.com.au/now website. The Foxtel Now platform works across all major devices and gives subscribers access to live TV as well as on-demand content. The Foxtel Now subscription starts at $25 per month for the base Pop and Lifestyle package which does include access to Fox Showcase and Game of Thrones.
*If you have an active Foxtel subscription you will automatically have access to the Foxtel Go platform for mobile, desktop, PlayStation and more. There’s no further information or signup needed, simply download Foxtel Go and sign in with your Foxtel ID.
If you’re an Aussie overseas during the Game of Thrones Season 8 broadcast, you may find that you’re unable to log into the Foxtel service – even if you’re paying for it. This is down to Foxtel being geoblocked in all countries outside of Australia.
To get full access to the Foxtel and Foxtel Now service outside of Australia all you’ll need to do is subscribe to a VPN service and install the program on your chosen device. Use the VPN to spoof your location by connecting to Foxtel through an Australian server and you’ll be able to watch all of the latest episodes of Game of Thrones Season 8.
We recommended using a VPN service that has excellent server speed (to facilitate smooth video streaming), as well as that has proven experience in bypassing geoblocks that broadcasters love to put in place. Our list of preferred vpn service providers for this is:
These are all legitimate vpn service providers with a solid vpn app (iOS, Android, PC). Each of them will do what you need them to to (ie. watch Game Of Thrones Season 8 online), so your choice will come down to personal preference and price.
Before you write iTunes off your list of ways to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 in Australia, hear us out. On a Foxtel Now or Foxtel subscription, you’re going to be paying anywhere from $50 to access the entire season, all the way to $120 for a standard terrestrial subscription. On iTunes however, you could purchase a season’s pass for around $34.99 – depending on final pricing.
Besides the fact that Season 8 on iTunes could be delayed until the finale airs, iTunes is still a fantastic way to get your hands on a copy of Games of Thrones Season 8 at a great price.
If you’ve never purchased a season’s pass on iTunes before, the process is pretty simple. Log into your iTunes account on any device, find Game of Thrones Season 8 and you’ll have the option to purchase a season’s pass or the entire box set in one go.
If you’re visiting Australia from the US and have an active HBO Now subscription, you can also use a geo-lock-bypassing VPN. For HBO Now users outside the US looking to stream Game of Thrones Season 8 in Australia all you’ll need to do is subscribe to one of the top VPN providers like NordVPN, ExpressVPN or VyprVPN.
Once subscribed to a VPN, install its software or application on your chosen device, whether it be a TV, smartphone, tablet or computer. Select a US server to browse through and then log into your HBO Now account as you would normally. This way you’ll have direct access to your HBO subscription from Australia.
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