The time of year that fans of all things Westeros wait impatiently for is almost here – Game of Thrones is back for a sixth season, and thanks to Foxtel Now, you can watch it for 14 Days absolutely Free of charge!
Yes, the HBO show that gets everyone talking about treachery, murder, revenge and dragons around the water cooler is back! And just like in previous years, Foxtel’s Showcase channel – “the home of HBO” – will be getting each episode to you at the same time it’s screened in the USA, letting you take in the story without anyone spoiling it on you.
While you won’t find the Game of Thrones on Free to Air, those without Foxtel don’t need to miss out, as the Showcase channel is a part of the Premium Movies and Drama pack and available on Foxtel Now using their Free Live TV Trial Offer. Foxtel Now is the online streaming service that brings real-time episodes to you, viewable on your computer or TV.
Tightly integrated with Play is Foxtel Go, a free companion app for iOS and Android phones and tablets that lets you take your Foxtel Now channels with you. Handily, it also includes access to Foxtel Anytime, allowing you to stream Game of Thrones episodes any time you like after they’ve aired.
Foxtel Now members get access to the same Foxtel Go app that conventional Foxtel subscribers do. And it’s a great little app, as you can see in our recent review of it. All you need to do is grab the app from the iTunes Store or Google Play store, log into it using your Foxtel Now credentials and just like that, you can stream Game of Thrones on your phone or tablet, with access to all of the channels you’ve picked as part of your Foxtel Now subscription. So when 11:00 am rolls around on the 25th, you can just grab your phone, pop on some headphones and catch the new Game of Thrones season no matter where you are. Handy!
The Foxtel Go app is also available for Windows and MacOS, for those whose portable device of choice is a laptop – just head over to the Foxtel Go web site to grab it.
The two connected services mean that you can catch the new Game of Thrones season – as well as the other great HBO content on Showcase – without the hassle of installation. You get access to Foxtel via Play and Go immediately after signing up, and just like the traditional Foxtel service you can add or change channel packages any month you like.
Game of Thrones Live Streaming and a Free Trial
To give you an idea of the versatility of the Play/Go combination, Foxtel’s got a Free 2 week trial Offerhappening which gives you 14 days of complete access to Foxtel Now – with every single channel pack enabled so you can try them all out – completely free. It takes the guesswork out of choosing the channel packages you want in your Foxtel Now subscription, and gets you a bunch of free high-quality television and movies at the same time, but for the Game of Thrones be sure to select the Premium Movies and Drama Pack.
The Game of Thrones season 6 kicks off at 11:00 am on Monday April 25th on Showcase, streamed live from the US; each week’s episode is also replayed on the channel in prime time that evening.
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Six Shows to Watch When You Can’t Watch Game of Thrones
It seems everyone’s watching and talking about Game of Thrones right now – not surprising, considering it’s one of the world’s most-watched TV dramas. Each new season is eagerly anticipated by the show’s legion of fans, and not even a federal election can distract the faithful from analysing each week’s journey into Westeros.
But what do you do if you don’t have access to each new episode of Game of Thrones as it airs? Maybe you’ve decided you’d rather wait and buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out, maybe you’re waiting for it to appear as a full season on iTunes so you can binge-watch the entire thing in one sitting – or maybe you’re a few seasons behind and taking your time. There’s plenty of options to satisfy your craving for high drama – here’s just a few suggestions.
Sons of Anarchy (Presto)
Kurt Sutter was one of the men behind the groundbreaking TV series The Shield, and with Sons of Anarchy he turned his attention to the world of motorcycle gangs, to great acclaim. Sons of Anarchy centres around a fictional outlaw bike club in California, with all the rivalry and violence you’d expect from the setting – it’s Game of Thrones on wheels! Superb acting from a stellar cast elevate this one above the pack; you can find six seasons of it on Presto.
The Knick (Foxtel Now)
Set in 1900 when modern medicine had yet to be invented, The Knick is named for the Knickerbocker Hospital in which it’s set, where the doctors have to use whatever ideas they can come up with to try to save patients’ lives. It can get gruesome. Clive Owen heads the cast as Dr John Thackery, who happily helps himself to his own supply of drugs while operating on patients. Directed by award winner Steven Soderbergh, it’s first-class television.
Check out The Kick and many other excellent dramas on Foxtel Now.
As the title suggests, Grimm takes its inspiration from the world of Grimm’s Fairy Tales – but with a twist. This one’s a police drama where lead character Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective in the Portland police department, discovers that he is descended from a long line of monster hunters known as Grimms. He has powers to connect with the supernatural that he wasn’t even aware of, and his job is to battle bizarre creatures from another world. CSI this ain’t! Foxtel Now has the first two full seasons of this highly original drama.
Mr Robot (Presto, Foxtel Now)
One of the best new shows of last year, Mr Robot tells the story of Elliot Alderson, a slightly dysfunctional computer and internet specialist who is recruited by a mysterious organisation to help take down the world’s biggest, evilest corporation (which is quite literally named Evil Corp) Smart, loaded with great characters and filmed like a big-budget movie, the show won a Golden Globe for Best Drama. Game of Thrones didn’t win that one!
The Walking Dead (Presto, Foxtel Now)
Zombies, they’re everywhere. Well, they certainly have been in the world of TV and movies in recent years, but it’s this show that’s got a lot to do with the zombie comeback. Following people surviving in a world overrun by the undead, it’s gritty, smart and occasionally, absolutely terrifying. If you haven’t discovered this one yet, there’s five entire seasons of it waiting for you on Presto – and if you’ve already seen it all, check out the companion prequel series, Fear The Walking Dead, which you can stream on Foxtel Now.
All the drama, intrigue and tensions of Game of Thrones transplanted to the New York music industry – that’s what Empire basically is. It’s centred around record company and entertainment powerhouse Empire Entertainment, run by Lucious Lyon, who discovers at the start of the series that he’s become seriously ill and will have to hand control of the company to a family member. And of course, none of those family members can agree on who it should be. Music overseen by Timbaland gives the whole thing even more authenticity.