His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman’s fantasy novels of the same name, was one of the real success stories of 2019. Now the second season has arrived in Australia, and you can find out exactly when and where to watch it here.
His Dark Materials Season 2 TV Preview
This second series is based on The Subtle Knife, which takes place in a unique multiverse, populated with alternative universes (let’s just say it is easier to follow when you watch!).
In one of these universes, humans are bound to talking animals called ‘daemons’. The narrative depicts the life of Lyra Belacqua, a young girl trying to save the existence of those her around her, guided by her alethiometer, who can see into the future.
Starring James McAvoy (X-Files), Dafne Keen, (Logan) Clarke Peters (The Wire), and Ruth Wilson (Luther), the much anticipated second series of His Dark Materials is set to arrive in Australia, and using the options listed in this TV guide you won’t have to miss a key moment.
Where to Watch or Stream His Dark Materials S2
His Dark Materials aired exclusively on FOX SHOWCASE and BINGE, and is now available On Demand. Here in Australia, there are several options for watching including 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 His Dark Materials season 2 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. His Dark Materials 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 His Dark Materials S2 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 His Dark Materials with BINGE
Every episode of His Dark Materials S2 can also be watched with Australia’s newest streaming service, BINGE. BINGE is offering a 14 day free trial for new customers and will televise every season and every new episode of His Dark Materials, 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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His Dark Materials Season 2 Episode Listing
Each episode of Season 2 aired on Foxtel SHOWCASE and BINGE. Season 2 has 8 episodes in total. There is no His Dark Materials TV show free to air coverage in Australia, it is exclusively available with Foxtel (Foxtel Now / Foxtel from Telstra) and BINGE. Here’s the TV and on demand schedule for season 2:
|Episode||Av. Running Time||Provider|
|S2 Episode 1||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 2||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 3||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 4||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 5||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 6||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 7||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
|S2 Episode 8||40 minutes||Foxtel / Foxtel Now / BINGE|
Must See TV for His Dark Materials fans
His Dark Materials consists of eight episodes and looks set to be a hit with audiences around the world and create some truly gripping storylines. Once you’ve watched all the episodes, we have suggested a few series below that may also take your fancy
Raised By Wolves (Foxtel / BINGE)
This sci-fi narrative focuses on two androids who are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious, distant planet. But as they grow older, the new colony develops differences in both politics and religion. The androids slowly realise that trying to control the beliefs of the human race is a monumental task, and fear they will eventually lose control. Read more.
Watchmen (Foxtel / BINGE)
Based on the popular DC Comics series of the same name, Watchmen is a HBO exclusive series that takes place in an alternate contemporary reality in the United States, in which superheroes and masked vigilantes were outlawed due to their violent methods, but some of them gather around to start a revolution while others attempt to stop it. Read more.
neXt (Foxtel / BINGE)
Paul is a Silicon Valley pioneer who has created one of the most sought-after pieces of AI in the world, but it has led him to alienate those around him, including his daughter and younger brother. When he discovers that his invention could obliterate mankind as we know it, he tries to shut down the project. Read more.
Devices for watching His Dark Materials
The following are the list of compatible mobile and internet-connected devices for which you can stream His Dark Materials 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.