This is the penultimate season and it will revolve around the show’s various factions beginning the battle for the Iron Throne. Techly had a look at who might win that battle.
But first things first: when and how can we watch it in Australia?
To answer the first question, here is a time and date to mark in your calendar: Monday, July 17th, 11 am AEST, which is when the show will officially air.
There are several solutions to the second question so let’s take a look at your options.
Streaming: Foxtel and HBO Now
Within Foxtel, there are a further two choices: The Foxtel Drama Combo and Foxtel Now, which is the company’s new streaming service.
You’d have to be richer than the Iron Bank of Braavos to buy the Drama Combo just for Game of Thrones.
According to Foxtel, it costs $46 per month, but signing up will incur a minimum cost of $501 once you have paid the 6-month direct debit and installation and equipment fees. Nah.
Foxtel Now makes more sense, and it has a new Pop pack priced at just $15 a month.
Since this season will be shorter (seven episodes), you should be able to nail it in two months, so it will cost you $30. It’s worth noting that Foxtel is also offering a two week free trial for the Pop pack, but you’d still need to pay for two months to watch it all cos math.
iTunes/ Google Play/ Blu-ray
Some people don’t like watching from week to week and prefer to binge a season all in one go.
But to do so they must also effectively become hermits: as the world around them discusses the world’s biggest show, they hide away desperately trying to avoid spoilers. For the next seven weeks, Facebook – the home of spoilers – will be a no-go zone for these poor sods.
If you are one of them, you will be purchasing the show either on iTunes, Google Play of DVD. Using the pricing from last year as a guide, you can expect to pay around $30 for the whole season on iTunes or Google Play. The episodes should all be available straight after the final episode airs.
If you are a real masochist and you want to wait even longer, you can get it on DVD. Season 6 is currently going for $30, so expect to pay that much for it.
The classic argument for pirates has always been that they wouldn’t mind paying as long as they had access to the content that was well priced, timely and of high quality. To some extent, Netflix has proved this and led to a decline in the piracy of some shows.
One thing that doesn’t work is the government’s absurd blocking of certain sites. Internet piracy is often compared to the mythical Hydra: cut off one head and ten more will sprout up in its place. Hey, government: you are doing it wrong.
Perhaps torrent numbers will go down since Foxtel is offering immediate access to the season for a decent price. It will be interesting to see.
For the more technically minded, it is possible to use a VPN service and a fake US iTunes account to get HBO Now. The service offers a free 30-day trial and then costs $14.99 (AUD $19.39) a month. So it will cost you about $20 and some hassle. And although it’s a bit of a grey area, the whole thing is kinda illegal.
But if you don’t mind splitting the cost with a friend and fiddling with the air times a little, Lifehacker came up with a way to watch it for just $7.50 per person. You can see how that works here.