Can you watch Game of Thrones on Netflix in 2019 and will season 8 be coming to Netflix? The answer is, unfortunately, the same as when we first covered it 5 years ago. Here’s why Game of Thrones isn’t on Netflix, where you can stream instead and some alternatives on Netflix.
Game of Thrones is the TV adaptation of the world famous books from George R.R Martin and is undoubtedly one of the most popular shows in the 21st Century. The first episode premiered all the way back in 2011 and is set to conclude its main storyline this coming April.
The eighth season won’t be the final story told in Westeros with a slew of spin-off series planned for release after the final season of Game of Thrones. The final season is due out on April 14th and will consist of only six episodes but will be larger than traditional episodes in length.
Is Game of Thrones on Netflix?
The simple answer to this question is no. Game of Thrones seasons one to eight are not available on Netflix. Let’s now look into why.
First, we need to give you a bit of background at how Netflix and HBO are positioned in the market. HBO views Netflix as a big rival in the premium entertainment space and therefore in the very early days of Netflix vowed to never put any of its titles on its platform instead opting for its own.
This has continued right up to the current day with a few exceptions here and there.
For a few years, HBO did have some of their older content on Amazon Prime but that’s since expired resulting in the removal of any titles that were streaming there.
That sadly means that Game of Thrones, however desirable to be on Netflix will never end up streaming on Netflix simply because HBO won’t even entertain the option to.
There is one exception to the rule. Netflix’s DVD rental service does carry the boxsets. It’ll likely get season 8 of Game of Thrones by Christmas 2019.
Is Game of Thrones on Netflix on other regions?
The story continues around the world. HBO in the majority of regions either operates under its own name or has existing commercial arrangements.
Where else is Game of Thrones Streaming?
Streaming options are available for the show, though. In the US, HBO GO and HBO Now both carry the show and will stream both new and old episodes. That’s in addition to the fact you can also pick up add-ons on Hulu and Amazon Prime for HBO content too.
In the United Kingdom, NowTV regularly carries older seasons and also gets brand new episodes added shortly after it airs on HBO in the US.
In Canada, the series is only available on streaming through a service called Crave.
What’s similar to Game of Thrones on Netflix?
Netflix isn’t without great fantasy dramas though. In fact, it’s put a significant investment in coming up with its own Game of Thrones over the years.
Big budget historical and fantasy dramas for Netflix have come in the form of titles like Marco Polo, The Last Kingdom and plenty more are available. We’ve compiled a more complete list of other titles you may like if you love Game of Thrones.
Netflix also hasn’t been shy in poaching Game of Thrones talent for its own productions either. Some of the show’s biggest stars have featured in Netflix Originals.
The streaming giant is also investing in content from Game of Thrones writer too. Nightflyers is due out on Netflix come February 1st, 2019 around the world.
Are you excited for the next season of Game of Thrones but sad it’s not on Netflix nor coming? Let us know below!