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 as terrifying as real life. And this HBO is as terrifying as it gets, chronicling of the events that led to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The first couple of minutes of episode 1 leads us right into the eye of the storm, as employees struggle with the grim, apocalyptic reality that nuclear radiation is spilling out into the atmosphere after a huge explosion.
This dramatisation of the real-life events are both surreal and horrifying, yet it is impossible to take your eyes away from the screen. The mini series also goes into Chernobyl’s harsh aftermath and the fact that those assisting in the clean up were basically involved in a suicide mission.
Starring Jared Harris (Carnival Row), Stellan Skarsgård (River), Jessie Buckley (Fargo), and Emily Watson (Genius), the critically acclaimed Chernobyl TV series is available to watch in Australia, and using the information in this guide you won’t have to miss a key moment.
Where to Watch or Stream Chernobyl
HBO’s mini series, Chernobyl, aired on FOX SHOWCASE and is now available On Demand with Foxtel Now and BINGE. 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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Stream Chernobyl with BINGE
Every episode of Chernobyl can also be watched with Australia’s newest streaming service, BINGE. BINGE is offering a 14 day free trial for new customers and will show every episode of Chernobyl, in both SD and HD. You can stream your favourite shows using compatible mobile devices such select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.
BINGE has no lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. BINGE will also provide on demand replays of new episodes that have just aired, as well as previous episodes and seasons. Other game changing features include Surprise Me, which allows users to skip through shows as if you were channel hopping for a more interesting way to come across new content. For full episode listings and on demand info, see the TV schedule below.
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Chernobyl Season 1 Live TV Schedule
Each episode of Season 1 aired on Fox SHOWCASE. Season 1 has 5 episodes in total. There is no Chernobyl TV show free to air coverage in Australia, it is exclusively available with Foxtel Now and BINGE. Here’s the TV and on demand schedule for season 1:
|Episode 1||60 Minutes||Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|Episode 2||65 Minutes||Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|Episode 3||65 Minutes||Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|Episode 4||67 Minutes||Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|Episode 5||72 Minutes||Foxtel Now / BINGE|
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 / BINGE)
With Game of Thrones wrapping up, it’s time to prepare for HBO’s next big series. Westworld’s 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 / BINGE)
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.
Wentworth (Foxtel Now)
Season 8 of Wentworth will pick up straight after the events of that shocking finale to Season 7. Not only was the siege a bit of a blood bath, but we also saw the tantalising return of Joan “The Freak” Ferguson, which has had everyone itching for new episodes. But along with all the usual suspects, there’s going to be a few new faces in 2020, which is shaping up already to be one of the best seasons yet. Watch Wentworth Season 8 with Foxtel Now.
Devices for watching Chernobyl
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.
For years, Apple TV devices have been an ideal instant streaming solution that does it all. There are two models available – Apple TV HD handles video up to 1080p, while Apple TV 4K adds full support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision. Kayo Sports is great on Apple TV, with flawless 4-way Split View.
A hugely popular low-cost streaming solution, Google’s Chromecast got a make-over in 2020, and now comes in two very different flavours. The basic Chromecast is still available, but the newer Google TV version (which replaces the Ultra) adds a remote control and an on-screen interface.
Foxtel Now Box
Foxtel’s own streaming box is an Android TV device that brings the Foxtel Now experience front and centre in its user interface – making it a natural choice if your preferred way of streaming sports is via the live channels that Foxtel Now offers, with on-demand streaming and live free-to-air channels as well.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
This easy alternative comes in three flavours – a budget Lite model, the standard one, and a 4K version. All of them are simple “plug in and go” stick-shaped devices that work similarly to Google’s newest Chromecast, except these use Amazon’s custom user interface and support Alexa voice control.
Nvidia Shield TV
A powerful Android TV streaming device from one of the world’s leading PC graphics companies comes in the form of a small “tube” with connections at either end, along with a slim backlit remote control. It can easily deal with every streaming app under the sun, including Kayo and Foxtel.