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Game of Thrones Season 5 can be streamed on ’Foxtel Play’ with very special pricing for the Premium Movies & Drama pack in yet another Netflix attack.

Foxtel Play lets you access Foxtel over an Internet connection - no cable or satellite connection needed, just a nice big download allocation, alongside a PC, Mac, Playstation 3 or 4, Xbox 360 (but not Xbox One yet) or selected LG and Samsung Smart TVs and selected Blu-Ray players.

It’s not as cheap as a subscription to Netflix, Stan or Presto, but you do get access to Game of Thrones Season 5, which isn’t available on those other services, and with Foxtel Play offering no lock-in contract, you can legally watch Game of Thrones when you want, at an affordable price.

Foxtel Play costs $25 per month, and with Foxtel offering its ‘Premium Movies and Drama’ pack for just $5 per month for the first three months when you sign up between 23 March and 30 April 2015, it’s clear Foxtel wants to be the King of Streaming atop the throne.

That means a cost of $30 per month for the first three months, after which you could cancel if you wanted to as there is no lock in contract.

Foxtel says it will feature Game of Thrones Season 5 ‘when it airs on Monday, 13 April at 11am AEST, same time as the US.’

According to a comment from a Foxtel executive below, this appears to mean GoT will be broadcast at the exact same time, making it clear Foxtel is hoping to get as many people as possible to pay to watch, rather than reaching for the closest BitTorrent client - which definitely won’t let you watch the latest episodes at the same time as everyone else paying legally.

The Premium Movies and Drama pick also gives you access to Boxsets, so you can watch Seasons 1 to 4 of Game of Thrones whenever you want, along with ‘hundreds of hours’ of other BoxSets content.

And, as the ‘home of HBO’, you get stacks of other HBO content, such as The Red Road Season 1, starring Jason Momoa (who was Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones); Veep Season 4, Mad Men Season 7 part 2, The Americans Season 3, Wentworth Season 3, Black Sails and Orange Is the New Black Season 4.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Marketing, Ed Smith, said, “Game of Thrones is a world-wide phenomenon that ranks among the highest in ‘must-see’ drama.

“We’ve worked closely with HBO to provide exclusive first run broadcast to season 5, along with our new timing simulcast with the US, to give Australian fans access to this brilliant series as quickly as possible; and now, with our special pricing on Foxtel Play, we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with as many people as possible as the drama behind this unforgettable series continues to unfold.”

Note, if you don’t cancel after the first three months, Foxtel says ‘the ongoing subscription fee for one Genre pick plus the Premium Movies & Drama pick will be charged at $45 per month.’

Full details on Foxtel’s Game of Thrones offer for Foxtel Play can be seen here


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