• Is ‘Game of Thrones’ on Netflix?

    Kasey Moore

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Since we originally wrote this article almost two years ago it remains one of the most read on the site and the one that most people think would be a massive win for Netflix to have it in their library. With the fifth season now starting back up we decided to give this article a refresh to give you an insight as to when and why Game of Thrones will ever hit Netflix.

Well as you probably know by now after searching Netflix, you cannot find the series streaming on Netflix at any capacity. So now you’re asking why. Here goes. Game of Thrones is a show broadcast in America by HBO which is a premium cable provider in the states. This means you have to have a subscription to HBO to watch some of the many shows it creates and distributes from over the years. Because of this business model they’ve adopted, which is awfully similar to Netflix’s if you think about it, they do not spread their content across other platforms without cause.


As you can imagine there’s a ton of people wanting to watch Game of Thrones which is where HBO has you ransom and why they want you to pay their fee. This and the fact that Netflix has never had a solid relationship with HBO means that there’s absolutely zero chance we’ll have Game of Thrones coming to Netflix.

But rather than tell you it’s all over and you’re going to have to go out and buy the expensive boxsets we’ve got some alternatives. If you’re in the states you’ll find all of the Game of Thrones series on the new service called HBO Now. This service allows you to watch all of the HBO content without a long term subscription or cable installation. In the UK a service called NowTV sometimes offers the series to watch in full but it’s often hit and miss.

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  • mrwho

    HBO should realise that if a TV show is not readily available on the internet for people at decent value, it will just get pirated. It’s pretty much either netflix or pirating.

    • KaseyMoore

      Yep I agree. If they released a sensible priced service it will encourage more people to purchase. HBO Go is basically this but it’s too much money to justify at the moment.

      • mrwho

        It’s also not available for the international audience that way, which I’d wager is very big.

        • KaseyMoore

          Yup, you can purchase individual episodes at £1.99 each on services such as BlinkBox in the United Kingdom.

          • mrwho

            Ah, I didn’t know that. £60 for all three seasons is pretty steep though.

    • http://Thisdamnsiteisreallyobsessedwithme.com ballsauce

      at the moment I’m watching pirated, bad move HBO

  • Christopher Hammer

    HBO… lol are they still playing Top Gun several times a day?

  • Just libéral

    HBO lost a lot of money with illegal download.. A lot of people that i know dowload this serie illegally because the blueray ou dvd are to expensive… So, they will make more money if Game of Thrones came at 20 $ like a lot of others series and not at 40-45 $ or go on netflix.. I just dont understand HBO… Game of thrones is the most pirated dowload around the world… So to bad for them….

  • Whatever

    I would love to ask where I could get a pirated download of the new season of GOT but I know that no one can tell me because that would give it away to the feds too easily. We just this week dropped cable and GOT is about the only thing I’m concerned about missing. I was able to see the first episode of this new season, but the rest are a toss up as to whether I’ll get to see them or not. Even my beloved Walking Dead is on Netflix so I don’t have to worry about that. I just wish HBO would get with the program. They’ve been teasing for a while that they are considering offering a version of HBO GO through internet providers without having to have an HBO cable subscription, but I haven’t heard anything reliable or new on that front in quite a while. I’m sure they’re holding off until they can get the best possible price (gouge) that they can get.

  • BoogerPicker

    I have watched the pirated torrent sites. HBO Go cost too much when you can get it for free. They are losing a lot of money by not letting Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu have access.

  • dank reefers

    so we just pirate it then ok

  • A

    They could look at joining Netflix as reaching a new market. In all my adulthood, I have never paid for TV and never will. If HBO wants any of my money, they can get it from Netflix – just like AMC, HGTV, etc.

  • B

    I hate HBO so much right now because I’m EXTREMELY late on watching GoT and I now have to go on a massive manhunt for a pirated version of the S1E2

  • Jake

    Yet you can watch it on Amazon for a very small cost. Same as paying for Netflix. Poor argument for HBO.

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