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 premiere of the eighth and final season of this fantasy drama TV series is fast approaching and fans are eagerly awaiting to get their hands on the last six-episode run of Game of Thrones. Much to their delight, HBO has recently released a full-length trailer, which finally gives viewers a better glimpse of what’s in store this season. Check out the trailer below and make sure to tune in to Foxtel when season 8 premieres on April 15.
Is Game of Thrones on Netflix, Prime Video, or Stan?
Foxtel has paid what is surely a very large sum of money for the exclusive rights to broadcast the show, and 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, Amazon Prime, Quickflix or any of the other digital sites. The DVD and Blu-Ray sets won’t show up until next year as well. 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 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.
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It’s valuable to HBO, too
In the US, you can only watch Game of Thrones on HBO and its own streaming service, HBO Now. This 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 8 Live Airing Schedule and Replays
New Game of Thrones episodes air every Monday at 11am, the same time as the US, on the Fox Showcase channel. Here are the live airing schedule of each episode of Game of Thrones season 8:
- Episode 1: Mon 15 Apr 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 2: Mon 22 Apr 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 3: Mon 29 Apr 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 4: Mon 6 May 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 5: Mon 13 May 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 6: Mon 20 May 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
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 8 episodes at your convenience.
Stream Game of Thrones Live – 10 Days Free Trial Offer
The Foxtel Now Essentials pack, which includes Game of Thrones, is available at only $25/month each. And the first ten days are completely free if you use the special 10-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 AEDT live from the US starting April 15, 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 subscription of the Essentials pack from Foxtel Now. 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.
For the complete list of eligible Foxtel Now devices, check out the table below:
|Foxtel Now Box||Yes|
|Sony Android TV||Yes (2015 models and above)|
|iOS Mobiles/Tablets||Yes, via native app (iPhone 4s or above, iPad 2 or above – using iOS9 or above)|
|Android Mobiles/Tablets||Yes, via native app (Jellybean 4.1 or above)|
|PC/Mac||Yes, web browser only (Google Chrome and Safari)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes, via casting|
|Apple TV||Yes, via AirPlay|
|Telstra TV||Yes, all models|
|PlayStation 4||Yes, all models (Foxtel Play on PlayStation 3)|
|Xbox One||No – legacy Foxtel Play app only|
|Selected Samsung, LG Smart TVs||No – legacy Foxtel Play app only|
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 8? To tide 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.
Secret City: Under the Eagle (Foxtel)
Foxtel’s award-winning original series, Secret City, is back for a more thrilling second season. Secret City: Under the Eagle sees Harriet Dunkley wanting to put Canberra politics behind her, but is all of a sudden thrusted into a political and military cover-up that not even the Prime Minister knows about. This begs the question of who really is running the country. Find out how it all unravels with new episodes every Monday, only on FOX Showcase.
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. However, on its sixth and final season, it’s only Claire who’s left standing and at the helm of The White House. House of Cards is truly a top contender if you’re a fan of extreme power play and manipulation in the name of claiming the “throne.”
Season 4 of this highly acclaimed series promises even higher stakes as Chuck and Bobby find themselves forced to join together to take down a common enemy. The ever-feuding pair puts their differences to the side to prioritise a common goal that they intend to see through till the end. Actors John Malkovich and Clancy Brown also join the powerhouse cast this new season, which you can catch every Mondays starting March 18 only on Stan.