Game of Thrones - I'm Feeling The Fomo and Plan to Subscribe to Foxtel Now

Given it's been two years since the end of Season 7 I wasn't feeling all too bothered about waiting for a DVD/digital release. But with Season 8 airing Monday the hype is setting back in and I don't want to miss out!

If you don't already have Foxtel, I believe Foxtel Now is the simplest way to watch - 10 day free trial and $25/month for the Pop Pack which includes HBO shows. No lock-in contract, so I figured starting the trial tomorrow and cancelling after the final episode on May 20th would mean only shelling out one month at $25.

HBO's streaming service is around $20 AUD and would need to use a VPN (if it worked at all), so seemed like a lot of hassle given it's similar price point.

Who else is excited for the final season? Any other Ozbargain ways to watch?!

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I plan on going through these season re-caps to prepare, in case it helps others:

Poll Options

  • 10
    Will be watching on Foxtel
  • 9
    Signed up to Foxtel Now for GoT
  • 115
    Torrents!
  • 29
    Game of Thrones..?

Comments

  • +4 votes

    Who else is excited for the final season? Any other Ozbargain ways to watch?!

    Yep but can't be talked about on here 😉 but it's a poll option

    I got through to about season 4 I think and got kinda over it tbh

  • +10 votes

    "I believe Foxtel Now is the simplest way to watch"

    Nope.
    Sonarr + Plex got me covered.
    I literally just turn my TV on and watch it after it's aired no selling my soul to Foxtel and no getting my card out to hand them my info.

    • +4 votes

      If the same thing happens as last season/year then you'll be able to watch it while the foxtel servers melt down from overload lmao

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      I've not looked into Sonarr before. Do you use public or private trackers?

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      My exact setup too. I don't want to support Foxtel nor do I have faith in there servers to handle the influx of traffic. I can almost guarantee there's going to be issues today.

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      PM more details please?

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        Basically sonarr constantly searches for torrents and if they meet OP's criteria it will download it.
        Then Plex would pick up a change in his library folders and add it to his Plex library.

        He can then open Plex and stream the show from his server/computer to his tv/smart box/whatever else runs plex.

        • +2 votes

          Do people run a dedicated server for this or just leave their PC running all the time? I wonder if this could be a good use of that Raspberry Pi I got from ozbargain about a year ago

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            @chriise: Both.

            My computer is usually always on so I have it do it for me. But I don't watch that many shows/movies so having it ad-hoc is fine.

            The pi should be fine to do it. Looks like there are a few guides out there. Just set aside a few hours to tinker around.

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          why not just hook up the computer directly to the tv via hdmi?

  • +1 vote

    OzBargain way to watch is to have GoT night and everyone bring something that is definitely on discount. Those who can't show a receipt with savings will be asked to leave!

  • +3 votes

    foxtel, hahahaha

  • +4 votes

    Sign up for Foxtel Now 10 day trial (1st 2 episodes), use VPN to sign up for HBO Now 30 day trial (last 4 episodes). Free and legal (although I will be torrenting them as well lol)

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    Already have Foxtel Now… is that poll option 1?

  • +3 votes

    Thanks for the recap links, very handy

  • -1 vote

    Does this mean they are going to drip feed an episode each week (as opposed to releasing all episodes at once - Netflix style)?

    • +2 votes

      Of course they are. They haven't released the entire season all at once ever.

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        Dammit. Well I guess I need to come up with another plan for my Good Friday public holiday :(

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    Can you to stream to two devices simultaneously on Foxtel Now?

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    Thanks for the recaps links, having just grudgingly signed up for Foxtel Now there are also some recaps I see in the Foxtel Now app might be worth checking out also…

  • +3 votes

    People want quality TV to be made.. yet unwilling to pay for it.
    Hmmmm…..

    • +1 vote

      Foxtel

      Case Closed

      • +4 votes

        Nope, Not at all
        yeah Foxtel sucks but they are the ones paying for the rights to screen it, money that goes directly to HBO.
        People who complain that they need to pay for foxtel sound like entitled children, at the end of the day if you want quality programming to be made then you should pay for it, even if you dislike who you need to pay for access.

        • +2 votes

          "but they are the ones paying for the rights to screen it"

          You really don't see the issue do you? Should of gone to specsavers.

          Just look at Season 7 PAYING customers could not watch what they are PAYING for cause foxtel couldn't handle the influx in site traffic.

          Exclusivity is just bad for customers in every way.

          Im not arguing that people shouldn't pay, im arguing that people shouldn't be forced into sighing up to a streaming service to watch ONE show especially after the disaster that was season 7 of a show on a streaming service.

          • -4 votes

            @Axelstrife: I had ZERO issues streaming season 7 at all.
            Tech issues happen all the time, they get fixed (as they were in the second week)
            for the record HBO themselves had issues with streaming when S7 dropped and they also fixed it.

            the reality is they paid for the right to screen it in Aus, Foxtel may suck but that's how it is.
            As said in this thread, Foxtel has made GoT available on their cheapest package so they are doing everything they can to make it accessible but the "(profanity) Foxtel" people come out of the woodwork especially around GoT time.

            the fact remains, if you want quality TV to continue being made then you need to pay for it

        • +1 vote

          On the contrary I would absolutely pay for a type of streaming pass for this show. I don't like having to pay for a bunch of other crap in order to "add-on" the content that I actually want.

          That's why I'm ok with Foxtel Now on this occasion as GoT is included in the base package.

    • +1 vote

      I am prepared to pay for quality tv but but not prepared to pay a subpar provider like foxtel to watch it

      I'll be downloading it and the prchasing the season when it gets released on blu ray (like I did with the other seasons)

    • +3 votes

      I think if HBO offered their services to us, we would all be happy to pay. Just not willing to pay for ridiculous pricing Foxtel.

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    When does it actually start again?

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    Am I the only one missing something here, but how about good old fasioned downloading the torrent? Thats what I will be doing…

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    I gots foxtel but still will torrent it.

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    If you have a VPN, sign up for HOTSTAR for $6/month with 3 day trial.

  • +6 votes

    Torrent now, and buy the DVDs when they become available = morally-justifiable time-shifting.

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    That went without a single hitch, Foxtel delivered GoT perfectly for me +100

    -100 on the 6 minutes of advertising before it started from ~10:58 to 11:04, I did not know pay tv had ads!

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    Looks like the AMZN torrents went up 720p at 11:12am, 1080p at ~11:15am another group (memento) released around the same time but had to issue repacks at ~11:35am

    That's pretty quick, even for the repacks to be released, anyone who did torrent, how long did it take before you got a download slot and how long did it take for the torrent to finish?

    • +1 vote

      Took 45 mins or so off my 4g. Ratio of 1.6 overall. 1.4GB file - 720p AMZN.

      Just uncap your upload and it'll finish within the hour.

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        How do you do this? Never done it myself. Would you be able to PM me some more info please?

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    Watched this on the showcase channel on foxtel now as it aired at 10.30 in the morning - not a blip in sight.

    If you like certain content, and you have the means to support the creator, you should. It's worked perfectly since the season 7 premiere.

  • +1 vote

    I'm torrenting - largely because Foxtel Now is twice the price of Netflix and Stan AND they still put advertising in like we're all back in 1997 watching CRT TVs. Why would anyone put up with advertising during a PAID service? If you're paying, then you shouldn't have to put up with the ads - Netflix and Stan somehow achieve it. I also purchase the entire season after it's finished, so HBO isn't missing out on funding.

    • +1 vote

      For what it's worth I signed up for Foxtel now last night and watched GoT with no issues and no ads. But yes, I can't understand why anyone would pay permanently for this service, it's far too expensive.

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