As the eagerly awaited seventh season of Game of Thrones is under way, taking viewers back once again to the realm of ice, fire and the occasional dragon, there’s one question that’s been asked quite a lot – can you stream Game of Thrones to the big screen with Google Chromecast? Although that wasn’t possible until now, things have changed.
The new Foxtel Now comes with Chromecast support, so you can use the low-cost gadget to stream on the big screen and watch in style.
*The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was announced by HBO in July 2016. Season 8 will comprise of six episodes and will air in 2019.
Game of Thrones is Foxtel’s Most-Watched Drama Series
Foxtel has paid what is surely a very large sum of money for the exclusive rights to broadcast the show, and in the case of seasons 5 and 6, for those rights to be completely exclusive – in other words, while a season is airing on Foxtel, you can’t get it anywhere else.
It’s not available to buy on iTunes, Google Play, Stan, Netflix, Quickflix or any of the other digital sites. The DVD and Blu-Ray sets won’t show up until next year. This much-desired series has the ability to pull in viewers like few others can, and for Foxtel, that means more customers.
This used to be a bit frustrating for Foxtel Now customers, since the app was available on a limited number of devices and in SD only. Luckily, since the arrival of Foxtel Now, things have changed.
It’s valuable to HBO, too
But former seasons weren’t available on the now demised Presto, either? That’s very true, and the fact that they don’t may lie within the conditions that HBO has imposed on Foxtel in return for the rights. In the US, HBO launched its own streaming service last year, HBO Now. That service – available on the usual streaming platforms like Apple TV – gives customers access to the entire HBO library, current and past, for a monthly fee.
There’s long been rumours that HBO wants to expand that service beyond the US – we’d say it’s not a question of “if”, but “when” – and they know all too well the lasting value of their content. HBO makes ongoing money from the old seasons of Game of Thrones by selling it on home video and through digital retailers, and if they were to allow it on an on-demand streaming service, they’d want some money in return to make up for lost sales.
However, you can currently watch previous seasons of Game of Thrones on demand whether you have a Foxtel or Foxtel Now subscription.
On Chromecast? Yes!
So where can you watch Game of Thrones live outside of Foxtel? Well, you’ll have to wait out the remaining weeks of the season, when you’ll find it turning up on the usual digital retailers, where seasons 1 through 6 are already available. Otherwise, it’s Foxtel for you; whether through a full subscription, or a streaming subscription with Foxtel Now.
If you choose Foxtel Now, the good news is that you’ll be able to watch Game of Thrones in HD – something that wasn’t possible with the former Foxtel Play. Moreover, the app comes with Chomecast support, so you can use the gadget to stream to the big screen and watch in style.
Game of Thrones Season 7 Schedule and Replays
New Game of Thrones episodes air every Monday at 11am, the same time as the US, on the Showcase channel. There are also replays scheduled throughout the week:
Tuesday: 12pm and 9.15pm
With Foxtel Now, however, you’re not tied to this schedule. While you can watch episodes as they air, you can also access the On Demand section, search for Game of Thrones, and watch fresh Season 7 episodes at your convenience.
Stream Game of Thrones Live – 2 Weeks Free Trial Offer
The Foxtel Now Drama and Pop packs, both including Game of Thrones, are available at only $15/month each. And the first two weeks are completely free if you use the special 14-day trial offer that’s available. There’s no contract at all, so if all you want is Westeros, you can cancel at any time during or after the season’s done.
So if you want to stream previous seasons of Game of Thrones right now – and new episodes every Monday at 11:00 am AEST live from the US starting July 17, or wait until Monday night at 8:30 pm AEST for a replay of the latest episode on Showcase – you can. All you need is a Foxtel Now subscription. The service is available on PC/Mac and mobile devices. Use your Google Chromecast to stream on the big screen, or get a Telstra TV or PS4, where Foxtel Now is also available. You’ll be able to watch on the big screen in no time.
Six Shows to Watch When You Can’t Watch Game of Thrones
Planning to wait until the Blu-rays come out and binge-watch Game of Thrones season 7? To tie you over, Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now all offer several shows worthy of your attention. So if you feel like waiting, here are some amazing series to catch up on in the meantime.
House of Cards (Netflix)
One of Netflix’s first original series is still going strong. The show follows the ruthless rise to power of Frank Underwood and his wife, Claire. Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching these two manipulate their way to the top. Season 5 recently hit Netflix, so you have plenty of episodes to binge until Game of Thrones returns.
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Another popular and acclaimed Netflix original series, Orange Is the New Black started off revolving around Piper, a 30-something woman who is sentenced to 15 months in a minimum-security women’s federal prison. As the series progressed, however, it began to focus on the other inmates as well, each getting their turn in the spotlight. Season 5 premieres June 9.
Twin Peaks (Stan)
If there’s one show that might have gotten more attention than Game of Thrones this year, it’s the new Twin Peaks. The revival is currently streaming on Stan and it picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen got murdered. All episodes are written by David Lynch and Mark Frost. Ready, set, binge!
If you’re into weird stuff, Fringe is the show for you. What initially started as a procedural tackling impossible events became a complex series about identity and parallel universes. It may have ended in 2013, but it’s still as relevant as ever. With five seasons to binge, there’s a lot of material to go through. You can stream the series on Stan.
12 Monkeys (Foxtel Now)
Ready for even more weirdness? 12 Monkeys is a science fiction mystery drama with a time traveling plot loosely based on the 1995 film of the same name. Let’s see if you can keep up. The series is currently in its third season. You can tune in via Foxtel Now.
The Americans (Foxtel Now)
One of the most acclaimed dramas currently on the air, The Americans is set in the early 1980s during the Cold War. It tells the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple. Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Watch the series, now in its fifth season, on Foxtel Now.