Game of Thrones wrapped up its 7th season this year – and has taken the crown for HBO’s most popular TV show of all time. Over 12.1 million people tuned into the Season 7 finale, with millions more watching episodes on-demand through various streaming platforms.
Season 8 will be the final season of a Game of Thrones, and it’s already begun production. Whether you’re a seasoned viewer of the show, or you’re a GoT newbie, you may be wondering how you can watch past episodes of the show without cable, and stream the new season live when it airs on HBO.
In this guide, we’ll discuss how to watch Game of Thrones without cable. We’ll take a look at your options for watching past episodes of the show on VOD platforms. We’ll also look at the cable-free streaming platforms you can use to stream the show live as it airs on HBO.
How to Watch Game of Thrones on Subscription Streaming Services
One great thing about Game of Thrones is that any services which airs the episodes live will also have the entire back catalog of GoT episodes. So by subscribing to a streaming service, you can watch every past episode of the show, and catch future episodes as they air.
Here are our top picks for how to watch Game of Thrones without cable on subscription-based streaming services.
Sling TV is a pretty good way to watch HBO and get access to other cable channels. Sling TV Orange costs $20/month and gives you access to 28 channels. Sling TV Blue costs $25/month, and you’ll get 41 channels. You also have the option of combining the two for $40/month.
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HBO will cost you $15/month. This is a pretty standard price. If you opt for the Sling Orange package, your total cost will be $35/month. This is cheaper than DirecTV Now, but you can only stream on one device. In addition, DVR services cost extra, so you’ll pay $5/month more for a DVR.
As with our other streaming services, you’ll be able to stream HBO live, and view all past episodes of Game of Thrones.
Normally, Sling Orange only lets you stream on one device at a time. However, HBO content on Sling can be viewed on up to 3 devices simultaneously, regardless of your chosen plan.
DirecTV Now is the best way to watch Game of Thrones if you’re interested in getting access to a variety of other live cable channels. For $35, you can purchase the “Live A Little” subscription, which includes 60+ cable channels.
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HBO can be added for only $5 a month, or for free if you’re an AT&T Unlimited customer. This is the best deal you can get on an HBO add-on from any streaming service.
You can stream HBO live at any time, and catch up on the entire back catalog of Game of Thrones episodes on-demand. While DirecTV Now lacks a DVR, this is not a huge deal for HBO content, because all of it is available to stream on-demand the day after it airs.
The only other potential downside of DirecTV Now is that it limits you to only 2 devices.
If all you’re interested in is access to HBO shows like Game of Thrones, stop reading. HBO Now is the best choice for you.
This streaming service is totally simple. You pay $15/month with no contract, and you get full access to all live HBO channels, and a back catalog of HBO content, including all aired episodes of Game of Thrones.
There are no frills, no difficult contracts, and no “catch-22s”. If you want to watch all of Game of Thrones without spending much money, HBO Now is absolutely your best bet.
Amazon Prime Video
If you’re an Amazon Prime Video subscriber, you have the option of adding an HBO subscription to your account for a $14.99 monthly fee. Given the $99/year cost of Prime, this puts the total monthly cost of HBO on Amazon Prime Video at about $23.24/month.
The functionality of Amazon Prime Video is pretty much identical to the other picks on our list. You can watch a live stream of HBO shows as they air, and you’ll be able to watch all of the past episodes of major HBO shows, like Game of Thrones.
One benefit of choosing Amazon Prime Video is that it has apps for almost every platform. Amazon Prime Video is available on iOS, Android, major gaming consoles, Roku, most smart TVs and Blu-Ray Players, and Amazon Fire products. Support for Chromecast and Apple TV are absent, however.
You can get HBO on Hulu with a standard Hulu membership or with the new Hulu With Live TV streaming service.
If you get Hulu with Live TV, you can watch HBO directly on Hulu. If you choose a standard Hulu membership, you’ll be able to watch HBO on HBO Now by logging in with your Hulu credentials.
The cost of the HBO add-on is $14.99. That means it’s the priciest option on our list if you choose to subscribe to Hulu with Live TV, which costs $39.99/month. You’ll be paying $54.98/month in total.
However, HBO on Hulu with a $7.99 standard membership is much more reasonable, coming in at $22.98/month.
If you’re already a Hulu subscriber, there’s no reason not to add HBO to your subscription. You can use the Hulu platform to stream all of Game of Thrones, and benefit from great device support and reliable streaming quality.
PlayStation Vue is probably not for you unless you have a very large family. It’s the most expensive choice on our list for watching Game of Thrones without cable. You’ll pay for $39.99/month for an “Access” package, and you’ll have to add HBO for $15/month.
Alternatively, you can purchase the $74.99 “Ultra” plan. You’ll get over 100 channels, including both HBO and Showtime.
With Vue, you can watch the newest episodes as they air and stream all past episodes of Game of Thrones.
There are 2 primary benefits of choosing PlayStation Vue. First, you get an unlimited cloud-based DVR, which saves episodes for up to 28 days. PlayStation Vue also offers simultaneous streaming on a staggering 5 devices – the highest in the industry.
If you need to stream content on a huge variety of devices simultaneously, PlayStation Vue is a great way to watch Game of Thrones without cable. Otherwise, it’s probably a bit too expensive for your average cord-cutter.
Our Verdict – The Best Subscription Streaming Service for Game of Thrones
There are a few different Game of Thrones platforms that may be right for you, depending on your needs.
If all you want to do is to watch Game of Thrones, HBO Now is definitely your best option, due to its simplicity and low cost. Just pay $15, and you can watch all of the past episodes of Game of Thrones. You’ll also be able to watch upcoming premieres of new episodes live on HBO.
If you’re interested in other cable channels in addition to HBO, DirecTV Now is your best option. You can get a basic channel package for $35, and add HBO for just $5. For the money, it’s the best live streaming option that includes other cable channels.
If you don’t care about live cable channels, but do want to subscribe to a service that includes HBO as well as a variety of other on-demand video content, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu are both good choices. With either service, you can watch all past episodes of Game of Thrones, and watch other highly-rated movies and TV shows on-demand.
How to Buy Past Episodes and Seasons of Game of Thrones
If you’re not interested in subscribing to a streaming service, or have only missed a few episodes of the show, you have the option of purchasing past episodes and seasons on a variety of digital storefronts. Here are our top picks for how to buy Game of Thrones episodes and full seasons.
iTunes is definitely the cheapest way to buy episodes and seasons of Game of Thrones. You can snag the entirety of Season 7 in HD for just $23.99, or you can buy each episode a la carte for $3.49 apiece. SD versions are also available for $19.99/season, or $2.99/episode.
This is the best price available for Game of Thrones on any online storefront that we’ve seen.
Again, the primary drawback here is that iTunes is pretty much locked to Apple devices, in the same way that Google Play Videos & TV are tied to Google devices. You can watch episodes on your computer, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. That’s it.
Google Play Movies & TV
Google Play Movies & TV is a reasonable choice if you want to buy past episodes and seasons of Game of Thrones. You can get the entire seventh season in HD for $26.99, or you can purchase individual episodes for $3.99 apiece. SD versions are also available for $19.99/season, or $2.99/episode.
The biggest disadvantage of choosing Google Play Movies & TV is that it’s pretty much a Google-locked platform. You can watch episodes on your computer, on Android devices, and on Google Chromecast – that’s about it.
You can also purchase full episodes of Game of Thrones on Amazon. You’ll pay $3.99 per episode, or $26.99 for a full season of the show in HD. You can also get SD versions of the show for $2.99 per episode, or $19.99 for the season.
If you’re not a big fan of Google or Apple exclusivity, Amazon is probably your best bet for purchasing past episodes of Game of Thrones.
While it’s a bit more expensive than iTunes, you’ll get great platform support on Roku, Amazon Fire devices, Android and iOS devices, and most modern gaming consoles, Blu-Ray players, and smart TVs.
Fandango NOW is tied with Google Play Movies & TV and Amazon for cost-per-episode. You’ll fork over $3.99 for each episode of Game of Thrones.
The full season is somewhat cheaper. You’ll pay $25.99. SD episodes and seasons are available for $2.99 and $19.99 each, respectively. Only iTunes offers a lower price for entire seasons of Game of Thrones.
Fandango NOW has great device and platform support, with apps for iOS and Android, compatibility with all major web browsers, Xbox consoles, Chromecast, Roku, and RokuTV, as well as a selection of VIZIO and LG Smart TVs.
Our Verdict – The Best Way to Buy Episodes of Game of Thrones
If cost is your biggest concern, iTunes is the best way to buy past episodes and seasons of Game of Thrones. You’ll save about $3 compared to the other options on our list. Each individual episode is also less expensive, so iTunes is a great option if you’re not sure that you want to buy the whole season at once.
For those who don’t like iTunes or Apple devices, it’s pretty much a toss-up between Fandango NOW, Google Play Movies & TV, and Amazon. Per-episode pricing is identical on these platforms. The best choice depends on what platforms you like to stream your content on.
If you’re a big Google user, it makes sense to go with Google Play Movies & TV. If you are an Amazon Prime Video subscriber, or otherwise prefer Amazon’s services, you’ll probably prefer their platform.
Finally, if you’re interested in trying out a newer, multi platform streaming service, Fandango NOW is a rock-solid alternative.