HBO’s new 5-part series takes television by storm with its haunting and heart-stopping portrayal of one of the worst man-made disasters in history – the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Here’s everything you need to know to watch or stream this hit show in Australia.
Chernobyl TV Series Preview
Nothing is terrifying a story as one that happened in real life. In that regard, HBO delivers yet another masterpiece in its chronicle of the events following the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl Power Plant. The first couple of minutes of the initial episode already brings you to the devastating catastrophe. Employees of the power plant struggle with the reality so grim to fathom as residents watch the fire, completely oblivious of the now poisonous air around them.
This dramatisation of the real-life events surrounding the disaster is both surreal and horrifying, but a must-see nonetheless. Many scenes are truthfully hard to watch yet necessary. The core of the series also goes beyond Chernobyl’s gruesome aftermath. Another disturbing message at play is how deception is just as lethal than tragedy.
Starring Jared Harris (Carnival Row), Stellan Skarsgård (River), Jessie Buckley (Fargo), and Emily Watson (Genius), the much anticipated Chernobyl TV miniseries has already started streaming in Australia.
Where to Watch or Stream Chernobyl
HBO’s mini series, Chernobyl, aired exclusively on FOX SHOWCASE from June 12, 2019. Here in Australia, there are several options for accessing FOX SHOWCASE including Foxtel, Foxtel Now or Foxtel from Telstra. To watch on Foxtel with a set-top box using a Standard or HD TV, the best option is the Foxtel Plus pack, which offers over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. Additionally, every Foxtel channel pack includes the option to stream the content free using the Foxtel Go app.
You also have the option to stream Chernobyl online using Foxtel Now. For good measure Foxtel Now currently offers a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check out all of its content before choosing your preferred pack (Pop, Lifestyle, Sport, Drama, Movies, Docos, Kids), and should you decide to subscribe you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. Chernobyl is available as part of the Foxtel Now Pop pack, which gives you instant access to hundreds of TV shows Live and on demand. Foxtel Now can be accessed using your favourite browser, or via the Foxtel Now app and a variety of internet connected devices (see table below). To watch on Foxtel Now with a Standard or HD TV, you can access the platform with a Foxtel Now Box.
Alternatively, you can access FOX SHOWCASE with Foxtel from Telstra. Foxtel from Telstra (including Foxtel Now from Telstra) offers the exact same programming as Foxtel, but is often available at reduced pricing or with no lock-in contract. With every Foxtel from Telstra package you can likewise stream Chernobyl for free using the Foxtel Go app, and one of the devices in the table below. Plus, you can also watch more binge worthy shows from other drama channels, including BBC First, Binge, Universal Channel, and more. For a list of episodes and their air dates, see the TV schedule below.
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Chernobyl Episode Listing
|Episode 1||60 Minutes||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|Episode 2||65 Minutes||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|Episode 3||65 Minutes||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|Episode 4||67 Minutes||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|Episode 5||72 Minutes||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
Mobile Device List (Foxtel and Foxtel Now)
The following are the list of compatible mobile and internet connected devices for which you can stream Chernobyl whether at home or on the go, with new apps and devices being added as they become available.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)|
|iOS Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)|
|Android Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (Android 5 and above)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Via casting (only on Multiroom service)|
|Apple TV||Yes||Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)|
|Smart TVs||Yes||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
Must See TV for Chernobyl fans
Chernobyl consists of five episodes. Once you’ve got through the entire series, you may want something else to watch, so we have made a few suggestions below.
Westworld (Foxtel Now)
With Game of Thrones wrapping up, it’s time to prepare for HBO’s next big series. Westworld’s first ever trailer for the third season has been recently released and fans of the show couldn’t be more thrilled. Its third season makes its much-awaited premiere in 2020 and while that seems like a really long time, it won’t be if you watch the show again from how it began back in its first and second season.
Game of Thrones (Foxtel Now)
After eight seasons, eight years, Game of Thrones is over. No more scouring the internet for GOT theories and anything that involves the beloved show. Mondays may feel a bit different with no new episodes to look forward to now. So, if you’re one of those fans who’s feeling nostalgic already, you know what you need to do. Just re-watch it from the very beginning and you’ll surely enjoy it as much as you did the first time. Not that the Red Wedding was enjoyable but you can skip that part if that scene still hurts you bad.
Gunpowder TV Show (Foxtel Now)
Gunpowder tells the story of the famous Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in London, England, which is known as the failed assassination attempt against King James I of England during the State Opening of England’s Parliament that happened on November 5th. It was plotted by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby, who is played by Kit Harrington. Interestingly enough, Kit himself is a direct descendant of the character he’s playing in this 3-episode mini-series from BBC.