How to Watch Game of Thrones Without HBO

By | November 2, 2017

If you are trying to watch Game of Thrones without HBO or a cable subscription, let me show you a few options. You can watch Live and On-Demand.

Winter is coming! In fact, it is already here! If like me, you're a massive Game of Thrones fan then you probably cannot wait for the new season. Why did they only have 7 episodes in Season 7? So frustrating having to wait for Season 8.

If you haven't watched the most recent episode then look away now! Talk about a cliffhanger! The dragon coming back as one of the white walkers or is it a white flyer lol?

In this article you can discover how to watch all of the old episodes and the upcoming ones without a cable TV subscription to HBO and I will also show you another way to watch for free.

Who are HBO?

HBO are owned by Time Warner and they are a cable and satellite television network offering premium services. They are well known for offering quality movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones.

HBO are the oldest television network and have been around since 1972. They have 49 million subscribers in the USA alone. That figure is adjusted to 130 million worldwide.

They have various multi-plex channels including HBO Signature, HBO East and HBO Comedy.

Watch Game of Thrones on HBO Now

You don't need a cable TV subscription to use the new HBO Now app and it can be downloaded for free from the Play Store and other platforms. Subscriptions to this streaming service are only $14.99 and you will be able to watch live and on-demand.

Of course, this only gives you access to the HBO channel but it's still a good service. You can also get a 1 month trial when you sign up with them. Netflix also offer a free month when you sign up.

Using the HBO Now app is great if you are in the States but what can you do if you are outside of USA?

HBO Now Outside of USA


Using a VPN to access HBO Now

The HBO Now app is geo-blocked outside of USA. That leaves the rest of us having to look at alternatives if we want to see Game of Thrones. That's why I am here, to show you the best alternatives wherever you are in the World.

You can use a VPN to access this service but you may not be able to download the app directly from the Play Store on a mobile device.

However, a good VPN will allow you to access it via the HBO website. You may find a free VPN works but make sure you choose one that offers unlimited data. CyberGhost and Hotspot Shield are two such VPN providers that offer this.

However, with the free VPNs you will get limited servers so you may not be able to use it. To watch Game of Thrones on HBO Now you need to connect to a server in USA.

Most of the free VPN services don't give you a choice of server and they have limited IP addresses so may not work in masking your location anyway.

PureVPN are one company that will get past any blocks and allow you to watch Game of Thrones maintaining good streaming speeds. They have a great discount on right now.

How To Get The Discount Price and Unlock HBO Now

PureVPN are one of the biggest VPN providers Worldwide and have servers in 141 countries. Their subscription service has drastically reduced in price and they now have more than 1 million customers.

You can also use their service on all your devices simultaneously (up to a maximum of 5). Right now they have a special promotion price of only $3.25 per month. A small price to pay for internet freed​​​​om?


The system I am going to tell you about will allow you to watch Game of Thrones Live. But please note, this service is not available in the UK. It is available in every other country including USA.

IPTV (internet protocol television) is similar to streaming the HBO Now app. It's basically television delivered over the internet. With HBO Now you are limited to HBO but with an IPTV service you can get access to 350+ live TV channels from UK, USA and Canada.

The HBO channel is included with my IPTV service so I can watch Game of Thrones live. But here's the good part. They also have a video library which contains previous episodes.


HBO on Kodi

Kodi is probably the cheapest way to watch HBO for Game of Thrones (it's free). But please be aware if you are streaming HBO live it may not be legal in your country.

Also, you may find it blocked on Kodi since it is geo-restricted to the USA only. However, a PureVPN subscription will be able to get past these geo-restrictions and also mask your IP address.

They even have their own Kodi addon which means you can connect inside Kodi to a server in USA and continue streaming safely. A VPN will borrow around 8 to 10% of your bandwidth but there isn't much you can do about that.

Kodi recommends a minimum of 10Mb/s for streaming content so please keep this in mind. If you have an Android TV box you can connect it straight to your TV and effectively turn it into a Smart TV.

As well as getting HBO live with a VPN you will also be able to watch all the previous episode for all seasons! These are all available on Kodi and here's how to access them:

The easiest way to watch on Kodi is with a custom Kodi Build. This will install featured addons and you will be notified when a new update is rolled out. This means you won't be using any duff links and all links will be updated.

You can add a new Build from inside the Ares Wizard program addon. Check out my video which shows you how to install the Ares Wizard.

Game of Thrones Season 8

This will be the final season of this popular TV show and they are going out with a bang! Apparently something huge is being planned and the Spanish site Los Siete Reinos claim to have photos taken in Northern Ireland showing a massive battle scene.

Belfast is where most of the King's Landing scenes were filmed so I guess that means Daenerys Targaryen​, the Mother of Dragons could be heading there.

But what about the white walkers and the white flyer? I suppose we will have to wait until 2019 to find out.

Wrap Up

I am here to help so if you have any questions please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below. If you are trying to watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription to HBO I hope this has helped in some way.

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6 thoughts on “How to Watch Game of Thrones Without HBO

  1. Owain

    Hi Craig,

    I’m not a Game of Thrones fan but my wife certainly is. She didn’t watch it until recently. So she had to binge watch it by borrowing DVDs from her friends.

    As for seasons 7 and 8 were split I believe. So season 8 will only have 6 episodes in it. My wife will surely be disappointed when it’s over.

    It’s a shame the HBO is geo-locked but it’s good that there are ways around it. Is the $14.99 an annual fee? And the VPN should work with connecting to HBO then?


    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Owain,

      It can be quite addictive so I can understand why she had to borrow DVDs. Six episodes is not enough and I don’t really understand why Season 8 will be the finale. I am sure this could run and run but maybe they have decided to quit while they are ahead.

      The $14.99 for HBO Now is monthly I’m afraid. Yes the VPN will work if you connect to any server in USA. That’s another reason to choose PureVPN since they have a lot of servers in the States so plenty to choose from.

  2. John

    Hi Craig very informative post you have.
    I am interested on how to do all this subscribing with IPTV, are you able to make a post with step by step instructions so I can follow how to set it all up and such.
    I am not tech savy and I am sure there are others that would benefit from your guidance.
    Thanks John

    1. Craig Post author

      Hi John, 

      Thanks for taking time to leave feedback. This article is really aimed at getting HBO with a VPN or using my IPTV provider. You can get more information on subscribing to the IPTV service if you follow my link.

      If you are trying to get Game of Thrones for free then you can do this various other ways for live TV. Kodi is a good way to watch for free but the quality for live streaming may not be so good.

      However, Kodi is great for watching all the episodes on-demand. There is less users hogging the bandwidth after the shows have ended.

      Hope this helps!

      – Craig

  3. Simon

    Awesome thanks! I travel a lot for work and I don’t always have access to all my accounts. For season 7 of Game of Thrones I was trying to watch it on HBO but it wouldn’t let me connect another computer!! This will definitely be a big help when season 8 comes around.

    1. Craig Post author

      That’s great Simon, glad I could help. I’ve heard that Season 8 may not be ready until 2019, surely not? Anyway, I hope you get it sorted when it does come out.



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