Foxtel subscribers will be able to see the first episode of GoT’s fifth season on April 13th at 11:00 am; with a prime time encore at 7:30 pm, only on showcase. This simulcast is part of a broader effort from HBO to offer Game of Thrones without delay in over 170 countries and territories, to combat piracy. After all, GoT was named the most illegally downloaded series of 2014, and consistently leads among pirated shows ever since its premiere back in 2011.
Not only that, but the entire season will be available simultaneously in all 170 countries. Somehow, we predict a considerable number of Australians calling in sick to work every Monday morning for the next couple of months…
On the other hand, HBO and Apple TV have just announced that HBO will be available on the Apple TV as an a la carte subscription for $US15. Apple CEO Tim Cook told the press that this deal, “will reinvent the way you watch television.” This new way to access HBO, without a subscription to a larger cable service, will be called HBO Now and will debut in April.
While HBO Now will technically only be available in the US, Australians who have been accessing the US version of Netflix using VPN services were surely tempted to check out this new Apple TV offering. With the Game of Thrones simulcast though, chances are fewer of them will decide to satisfy their curiosity.
If you can’t wait to watch Game of Thrones season 5, compare the latest Foxtel offers.