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How to watch Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon

The new Game of Thrones series, The House of the Dragon launched in the UK on 21st August 2022. Here's how to watch Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon on UK TV and online without a Sky contract.
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Game of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon, and the final episode was the most watched episode of any HBO show ever with 13.6 million viewers. Now it's set to return to our screens with the upcoming prequel House of the Dragon, here's how you can watch both the new series and the original Game of Thrones on TV, even if you don't have Sky.

How can I watch House of the Dragon in the UK?

House of the Dragon will be available exclusively on Sky Atlantic, the home of the majority of HBO content in the UK. As House of the Dragon will air in the US on HBO Max, a streaming service not available in the UK, fans of the Westeros drama will need to either sign up to Sky TV or get a NOW TV membership if they want to watch.

Not sure if you're ready to get invested in Westeros again? Sky has made the first episode of House of the Dragon available for free on YouTube. Watch the full episode below.

House of the Dragon release date UK

House of the Dragon first aired in the UK on 22nd August 2022, one day behind the US. Since the show will air in the evenings in the US, typically around 9pm, each new episode will be available to stream from the early hours of the morning the next day in the UK.

How can I watch Game of Thrones?

In the UK, Game of Thrones is still exclusively available on Sky Atlantic, a channel that's dedicated to bringing you the best of US TV. At the time, Game of Thrones aired on Monday nights at 2 am, at the same time as the US premiere. Now, Game of Thrones is available to watch on-demand whenever you want.

Unlike some parts of Sky's TV output — such as its suite of sports and movies channels that can be added to Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk packages — Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD are only available to Sky TV customers, whether through Sky itself or NOW.

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Game of Thrones without Sky

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If you're happy with your current provider but want to watch Game of Thrones, Sky does offer access to Sky Atlantic to its streaming service, NOW.

NOW can be streamed online through laptops, games consoles, smartphones, tablets, and some set-top boxes and smart TVs. Sky Atlantic is available on the NOW Entertainment TV membership, which you can purchase on a monthly basis and are free to cancel at any time.

If you have the NOW Entertainment TV membership, you can watch Sky Atlantic live through certain devices or view it on-demand after the UK premiere date. You can also download episodes for offline viewing.

Check out our guides on how to watch NOW TV and what channels are on NOW TV

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Watching Game of Thrones on Sky Box Sets

If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can still watch Game of Thrones on your TV just like the good old days by accessing Sky Box Sets. There will be times when the show is aired on live TV, but if you want to re-watch it properly you'll need to access the box set.

Watch Game of Thrones on Sky Go

If you're a Sky TV customer, you'll get free access to the Sky Go app. From here you'll be able to access the box set of Game of Thrones and stream it on your supported Android device, iPad or iPhone. If you upgrade to Sky Go Extra you'll have the additional option to download and watch offline.

What else is on Sky Atlantic?

As its name suggests, Sky Atlantic's programming comprises some of the best US TV. Highlights of the current schedule include:

  • Westworld

  • The Affair

  • Big Little Lies

  • Blue Bloods

  • Penny Dreadful

  • Perry Mason

  • Watchmen

  • Chernobyl

  • Barry

  • Fortitude

  • Britannia

  • Riviera

  • Veep

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