HBO’s Miniseries Chernobyl Airs June 2019 in Australia


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 as lethal as the tragedy it attempts to alleviate through cover-up.

Chernobyl is now officially the highest-rated TV show, beating out the likes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Wire. It won’t be a surprise if it bags Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations this year.

Where to Watch or Stream Chernobyl

If you’re looking for something to stream after the conflicting finale of Game of Thrones, Chernobyl is HBO’s another must-watch. Starting June 12, Wednesday at 8:30 PM, the limited series will be available on FOX SHOWCASE as part of Foxtel’s Drama Pack. Even better — episodes are already arriving weekly to watch On Demand. Catch the gripping limited series as it hits your screen this June — only from Foxtel. Sign up to Foxtel’s Entertainment + Drama pack and get your first 2 months free! Offer ends June 30, 2019.

Alternatively, you can stream the Chernobyl series if you’re out and about with the Foxtel Go app. For the complete list of compatible devices for Foxtel Go, check out the table below:

Device Available? User Guide
iQ2YesNo streaming option, or apps. No HD playback
iQ3YesNo app access
iQ4YesAccess to 4K content included
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)
Telstra TVYesFoxtel only
Smart TVsYesVia casting only (only on Multiroom service)
Gaming Consoles YesPS4 and Xbox One (Foxtel only)
Fetch TVNoNo casting available
Amazon Fire TV StickNoNo app available
Nintendo SwitchNoNo app available

Chernobyl is not available on free to air TV in Australia due to broadcasting and licensing rights. Check out the live airing schedule of all five episodes of Chernobyl:

After the live airing of every episode, viewers can also catch the show on replays also on FOX SHOWCASE. Only consisting of five episodes, it’s also streaming on Foxtel Now as part of the Essentials Pack, which comprises the Pop & Lifestyle packs at only $25/month. What’s more, you can take advantage of Foxtel Now’s 10 day free trial so you can get started and even watch all the episodes for free. Plus get access to more acclaimed shows, including Big Little Lies, Veep, and Wentworth, among others.

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Must See TV for Chernobyl fans

Many wondered what they’ll watch after Game of Thrones’ eventful final season or if there’ll be another program as addicting as GOT. And then HBO delivered Chernobyl and audiences and critics alike were blown away. The bottom line? There’s always something to watch. Luckily, all the good ones are available on Foxtel and its streaming counterpart Foxtel Now. Since Chernobyl only lasts 5 episodes, let’s check other shows that are just as excellent.


Westworld (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

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.

Luckily for you, Westworld is available on Fox Showcase on demand. For streaming on the go, you can catch the previous seasons on Foxtel Now as part of the Entry pack with a 10 day free trial. Alternatively, you can enjoy the acclaimed series on Telstra TV Box Office so you’ll only pay for what you watch, no plan subscription needed.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

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.  

Ready for some Game of Thrones replays? You can watch or stream seasons 1-8 available on demand on Fox Showcase or stream even when you’re out and about with Foxtel Now. For replays of the final season, catch it on June 9, from 9:00 AM up until 2:55 PM for the last and sixth episode, also on Fox Showcase. As another option, all the seasons of the show are now available on Telstra TV Box Office where you can buy an entire season from $19.99.


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. Catch all episodes when you subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Drama pack, which you can also access with a 10 day free trial offer.