Don't have Sky? Here's how to watch Game of Thrones season 5 legally
The Wars to Come is the sensational first episode of Game of Thrones season 5 and it will be screened tonight on Sky Atlantic at 9pm. It debuted in the US on HBO yesterday (also simulcast on multiple TV stations around the world) but UK fans will be eager to get their fill this evening.
However, if you don't have Sky's satellite service and rightfully refuse to head down the less salubrious stealy web route, you might be wondering how you can see the show.
So we list ways to do just that. And it's all above board.
With a £6.99 a month NOW TV Entertainment Pass you can watch Sky Atlantic live tonight (or at any other time) alongside a range of other channels, Sky and otherwise. That means you can watch The Wars to Come as it airs in its normal slot.
However, you can also watch it on demand on the service. And NOW TV catch-up is devoid of adverts, save for a few dedicated stings, so you can jump straight into a mostly uninterrupted version.
NOW TV can be viewed through a dedicated NOW TV box, available for £9.99 or £19.99 with a three month Entertainment Pass, Roku media streaming boxes or online through a browser. Apps are also available for iOS, Android, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, YouView and select LG Smart TVs. You can also use the NOW TV app on a smartphone or tablet to play the show through a Google Chromecast.
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One additional benefit to NOW TV is you can catch up with any of the previous series of Game of Thrones ahead of season 5's debut.
Sky Go will also offer the show on catch-up (preceded by a minute of adverts) or live, and you don't necessarily need a Sky subscription to access the app for iOS, select Android devices, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360. Or watch it online through a PC or Mac.
Technically you can subscribe to Sky Go if you're not an existing Sky customer. From £15 a month you can have access to the broadcaster's entertainment channels through Sky Go, which includes Sky Atlantic, on a laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet. However, at £6.99 a month, NOW TV is a better option and is available on all the same devices and more.
Where Sky Go comes into its own is if you have a parent or friend with a Sky subscription and they have no interest in registering their free Sky Go accounts on mobile devices. You could ask if they would let you use one of the device slots instead (you can register up to two devices on one account). They might even let you take up a device slot for the duration of Game of Thrones season 5 and you can deregister it after.
Alternatively, if they subscribe to Sky Go Extra or you upgrade them to Sky Go Extra for £5 a month, you can take one of four device slots.
One issue with this method is that the iPhone and iPad app won't allow AirPlay mirroring or direct connection to get the pictures onto a TV. In this case, you really do get what you paid for.
A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons
The third and last option is to dispense with watching the episode and new season entirely and sitting down with the books that inspired them. season 5 is mostly based on two of George R R Martin's fantasy novels, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
However, producers for the HBO series have revealed that there has been a lot of deviation from the source material, much like with season 4, so things might happen differently on the show. The chances of getting away with winging it during conversations down the pub having only read the book are slim.