Game of Thrones season 7: when it starts and how you can watch it

Game of Thrones season 7

The internet is dark and full of spoilers

Game of Thrones returns to screens this month and that means you need start drawing up a battle plan. Sorry, viewing plan.

With the show now coming up for its seventh season and the action picking up rapidly, it’s safe to say every episode is likely to be unmissable. Especially because as soon as each episode airs, the /internet, your office and maybe even your own home will become spoiler minefields where you won’t feel safe unless you’re up to date with everyone else.

When does Season 7 start?

That depends on where you are! If you’re in the US, season 7 will premiere on Sunday July 16 at 9pm EST on HBO.

In the UK, however, you’ll be watching on July 17. The show is being simulcast on HBO and Sky Atlantic which means that the most dedicated UK fans will be able to tune in at 2am BST on July 17 to watch alongside the US. Not keen on that? You’ll be able to watch it at 9pm BST later that night when it’s broadcast again.

After this it’ll broadcast every Sunday in the US at 9pm EST and every Monday in the UK at 9pm BST.

Where can you watch it?

Game of Thrones is notorious for being pirated but you’re here so that means you want the highest quality and legality. Below you’ll find all the ways you can watch the Game of Thrones season 7 without resorting to torrents.

HBO, HBO Go and HBO Now (US only)

HBO makes Game of Thrones so naturally you can watch it through all of its services, including the main HBO channel for TV, the HBO Go apps for various mobile devices and HBO Now (the channel’s Netflix-style streaming service).

You’ll need a cable subscription to access the main HBO channel and those who have an HBO cable subscription will also have access to HBO Go, the channel’s free streaming service with apps for multiple devices.

Game of Thrones season 7

HBO Now is very similar to HBO Go, but it’s paid for on a monthly basis like Netflix and doesn’t require a cable or satellite TV package. HBO Now costs $14.99 per month.

Though HBO Now and Go are streaming services rather than a live TV channels, HBO typically adds new episodes as they broadcast live so you should be able to catch new episodes at the same time as those watching on the main HBO channel.

Sky (UK only)

HBO isn’t an option for UK Game of Thrones fans but Sky is. A deal between HBO and Sky means that Sky exclusively broadcasts Game of Thrones in the UK on Sky Atlantic. Unfortunately, for the UK, Sky’s broadcast has adverts while HBO in the US doesn’t.

The first episode of season 7 will be simulcast on HBO and Sky Atlantic so UK fans will be able to watch at 2am on July 17. After this, though, the show will return to its usual time slot of 9pm the day after the episode airs in the US which will be each Monday.

Those subscribed to Sky+ and Sky Q will be able to watch each episode when it airs on Sky Atlantic as well as record them to watch later. They’ll also be able to catch up with Sky’s on-demand service, usually around an hour after initial broadcast.

Home Of Thrones

Catch up and live viewing will also be possible using Sky Go. Sky Go is a free extra that comes with Sky accounts. It allows you to download the Sky Go app to two devices from where you’ll be able to watch live Sky TV or access the catch up service.

If you pay an extra £5 a month you can upgrade to a Sky Go Extra account which makes it possible to download the app to PS4 and Xbox One and also extends the number of supported devices to four.

If you’ve been thinking about signing up for a new broadband package, you can usually get a good TV deal bundled in. These are the best Sky broadband and TV deals available right now. 

Now TV

Not a Sky customer or don’t know anyone that is and would be willing to host you every Monday evening? You could always opt for a Now TV subscription. For £6.99 a month you can purchase a Now TV Entertainment Pass which will give you access to Sky Atlantic live as well as a host of other channels usually only accessible through a TV package.

Now TV also has catch up features so as well as allowing you to watch the episode live, you’ll also be able to watch it again later without adverts. Those who aren’t completely up to date on previous seasons will be glad to know that you can also watch them on Now TV’s catch up service.

You can watch Now TV on a dedicated Now TV Box, online in a browser, or on a Roku streaming stick. There are also apps available for iOS, Android, Xbox OnePS4 and select LG Smart TVs.

Article by Emma Boyle from Techradar