How to stream Game of Thrones Season 5 in Australia with NOW TV
We have friends in Australia that are really looking forward to seeing Game of Thrones Season 5 when it airs finally in April 2015. Unfortunately due to HBO being complete ass-holes, they have licensed the rights to air Season 5 exclusively to Foxtel. Which means unless you are a Foxtel subscriber, you are going to have to be on Foxtel's $124 per month package that includes “Premium Movies & Drama” to watch it.
BUT…. What if I said that you could instead stream Game of Thrones Season 5 online for under AUS$15 for 1 month of access in Australia??
NOW TV from Sky is a UK based online TV network. They are airing Game of Thrones Season 5 on the same day at 9pm, where you will be able to watch it LIVE or On-Demand. The only caveat to this, is that for Australian's, it will air for them a little later from 8am. A tad annoying, but if you can hold out a few extra hours you can stream Game of Thrones through NOW TV and save yourself a bundle of dosh!
Read further down how you can take advantage of this with a VPN and 1 month subscription with Sky's NOW TV!
Season 5 of Game of Thrones was commissioned by HBO in 2014, after a substantial increase in the ratings. People simply cannot get enough of this epic movie-like series. The new season is based on the third book by George R.R. Martin. Given the TV production is not 100% following the same structure of the books, you can expect to see some material originally sourced from the fifth and sixth book.
So what is going to happen in Season 5?
Not giving any spoilers away for those haven't read the books yet (even though you've had plenty of time to have since Season 5 :-p ). I think we can all see where things are generally going to head in the first few episodes, but the producers say there are some unexpected twists and turns to keep an eye out for! Whatever that actually means.
How can I watch Game of Thrones online, in Australia without a Foxtel subscription?
It's scarily easy! In fact you can be up and ready for April within 15 minutes, and it works out to be just under $15 for a month's access. Not only that, but when you buy your VPN you can also stream for free loads of online content from streaming websites such as hulu.com, CBS.com, BBC iPlayer, 4OD, Southparkstudios.com and any other geographically restricted content usually blocked in Australia!
STAGE 1 of 2, Buy 1 month subscription to VyprVPN
What is a VPN you might ask? Simply put, it is a internet connection that allows you to access the worldwide internet unrestricted and unblocked, securely. It secures your connection with 256bit securty, makes your surfing habits completely anonymous and allows you to access websites that are usually blocked in other countries. If you do online banking, have access to corporate networks for work purposes or simply want to watch online content in other countries that would normally be blocked to you in Australia.. It's perfect.
In my opinion, everyone should have a VPN, because it makes everything you do online safe and secure above all else. Read more about VPN's on Wikipedia.
We use VyprVPN because it's cheap, fast, has the best security and access to over 700+ Server Clusters in the United States, Europe, Asia & Oceania. You also get free online storage with DumpTruck (10GB with basic and 50GB with Premier), which is superb when your talking about it costing just $5 per month! Plus it's as easy as 1,2,3 to install and login and has applications for Mac, Windows, iOS (iPhone / iPad) and Android.
Follow the below instructions for setting up VyprVPN to allow you access to NOW TV by Sky in Australia.
|| STEP 1: Choose your VPN plan from VyprVPN, month plans start from $5 for first month (50% discount offer at the moment) with a 3 day free trial so you can test it out before paying for anything.
- Click here to go to the VyprVPN product page and select the plan (there are 3 options, we use pro, but basic works fine).
- Type in your details in the boxes provided, create a username and password, then continue to the payment page and pay for your selected service. It’s billed monthly and you have 3 days to try VyprVPN out, before payment comes out. (Just in case you came across problems when registering for NOW TV later on…)
- Once processed, you will have an account immediately available. And remember your username and password (username is always your email address).
|| STEP 2: Download the VPN software and install on your PC / Mac, iPhone or Tablet.
VyprVPN have software available for both PC & Mac, along with all iOS devices (iPhone & iPad) and Android phones and tablets.
- You can download the software here.
- If you have a iPhone or iPad, go to the App Store on your device, and search for ‘VyprVPN’ and click install.
|| STEP 3: Login with your username and password and connect to the right server
Now, remember your username and password you created earlier (email address is your username). Open the VyprVPN software up on your PC or Mac and it will prompt you for your login details, enter them, then choose the server you want to connect to.
- Connect to London (UK), because this is required for Stage 2, when registering for your NOW TV package with Sky.
If you are installing the App on your iPhone or iPad (or Android device), then enter your login details when you open the App for the first time. Once you click ‘Connect’, you will be automatically connected and everything you now do online is anonymous, untracked and best of all you can access content that normally is blocked in Australia.
OK if you have got that far, the next Stage is another piece of cake!
STAGE 2 of 2, Buy a NOW TV $10 Entertainment Pass
Game of Thrones Season 5 will be available exclusively on NOW TV in April 2015 with subscribers to the Entertainment Pass – it costs just £4.99 (UK) which is just under $10 in Australian Dollars for 1 month access. The other great part of this is you can watch 10 live channels and 100's of TV Shows on-demand. Including Season 1-4 of Game of Thrones right now, and Season 5 from April 2015.
|| STEP 1: Whilst connected to the VPN, go to NOW TV's entertainment page here > http://www.nowtv.com/entertainment
- Click ‘Buy Entertainment Pass' and it will take you to the signup form, then through to billing / payments.
- Enter your card details, click confirm and then your all done!
|| STEP 2: Once complete, you will now have a NOW TV account which you can sign into at http://www.nowtv.com/
And that is all there is to it! Now just sit back and relax, catch-up on your favourite TV shows and wait for Season 5 to air in April 2015!
Just be sure to buy your VyprVPN subscription through our links, as you will get 50% off your first month.