For Game of Thrones fans, the wait is almost over. On Monday 25th April here in the UK the first episode of Season 6 will air on Sky, the satellite TV service. It will be simulcast with the US at 2am on Sky Atlantic (so the really hardcore fans can avoid any spoilers) and then repeated at 9pm (for those of us who prefer to watch at a more civilised time!).
The geekdaddy and I cancelled our Sky TV subscription some years ago now. We decided we didn’t watch it enough to justify the cost, and on the whole have been happy with the content provided by the UK free-to-air television channels supplemented by Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Game of Thrones was the one show that we felt like we were missing out on, and found difficult to find anywhere else. So we were delighted to discover last year that Sky were making it available to customers of their streaming television service, NOW TV*, as well as their satellite subscribers.
Why is this such a great thing you ask? Well, because with NOW TV you aren’t locked in to a year-long contract – you can start and stop your subscription on a month-by-month basis. And it’s a lot cheaper than a full satellite contract – their Entertainment pass*, which is what you need to watch Game of Thrones, is just £6.99 per month. So last year about this time we signed up to Now TV, enjoyed series 5 of Game of Thrones, and then cancelled the service after the final episode.
Those of you who are unfamiliar with streaming television services may be wondering how you would watch NOW TV content. The good news is that there is a multitude of ways you can watch. If you already have a PlayStation (3 or 4), XBox (360 or One) or Apple TV connected to your home television you can download the NowTV app for that device and watch that way. If you have a Chromecast device, or Miracast-enabled smart TV you can “cast” the show from your mobile device (Android or iOS) to your television that way. And finally, if you don’t have any of those options you could purchase the NOW TV box* which plugs into your television and gives direct access to all your content, as well as some other streaming services like Netflix. This box costs just £14.99 on its own, or you can buy it with a 3-month Entertainment pass (perfect for all your Game of Thrones needs) for £24.99.
And with NOW TV you can set up 4 different devices, and watch on any 2 simultaneously for extra flexibility. So you could have your NOW TV box connected to your television, but also have the ability to watch from your mobile device in another room.
NOW TV has all episodes of Game of Thrones* seasons 1-5 available for streaming now if you need to catch up or re-watch any before season 6 starts. And episode 1 of Season 6 will be available at 2am on Monday 25th April, at exactly the same time as Sky Atlantic’s satellite broadcast.
If you’re a UK-based Game of Thrones fan who wants to watch Season 6 without a Sky satellite subscription, now is the time to set up your NOW TV Entertainment pass!
Disclosure: I am a member of the NOW TV Blog Squad, which means I get a free subscription to NOW TV in return for blogging about the service. I have also been provided with a NOW TV box for review purposes. If I didn’t have this relationship I would be paying for my own Entertainment pass to watch Game of Thrones, I can assure you. All words and opinions are my own. All NOW TV links within this post marked with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no additional cost to you.