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.