This agreement granted Foxtel the first-run rights to HBO's stellar line-up, including, but far from limited to Game of Thrones. Immediately, we saw the ripples of this decision affect our free-to-air channels as SBS had to pull the popular Boardwalk Empire and trash any plans for future re-runs on its network. There was a time when you could pay for the latest episode of Game of Thrones on iTunes the day after it aired, but after Season 3, Foxtel and HBO's agreement stopped iTunes from fast-tracking episodes to Australian consumers. There were even whispers that HBO Now would be available for Apple TV users in Australia, but it never came and HBO went as far as 'cutting-off' Australian VPN users. Whether or not Foxtel had anything to do with HBO Now cutting-off Australian geo-dodgers is anyone's guess, but Foxtel's statement below is dubious at best: HBO license content on a territory by territory basis This action has been taken by them to preserve that model. It is not specific to Australia. They do however regularly communicate with Foxtel about their plans.
Why it's not all bad Purchasing all seasons from digital retailers can get pricey, but a Foxtel Now subscription allows you to watch all episodes for only $25/month. That's a pretty good deal, especially since you get access to a bunch of other exciting entertainment and lifestyle content for that price. Plus, there are no-lock-in contracts, so you can cancel your subscription anytime. You can even subscribe only for the 6 weeks Game of Thrones is expected to be on the air in 2019 if you so wish. The Foxtel Now Entry Pack gives you access to content from popular Foxtel channels, including Fox Showcase, Fox8, Arena, The Comedy Channel, Lifestyle and more. You can also watch a whole bunch of other acclaimed shows with a subscription, like The Walking Dead, Westworld, American Horror Story or Sharp Objects. A 10-day free trial is available for new customers.