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How to Watch Game of Thrones Online Outside of the US

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The Game Of Thrones TV series is a popular fantasy and drama series that made its debut in April, 2011. The American TV show is based on a fantasy novel series by George Martin and was adapted by David Benioff and D B Weiss for the HBO channel. Game Of Thrones has received an amazing response from audience (rating of 9.4 on IMDB) as well as critics (Metacritic score of 90 for season 3) and has even won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards. The TV series has been renewed for a fourth season which is set to broadcast in 2014.

Game Of Thrones Storyline And Plot

The Game Of Thrones series is set in the fictional world of Westeros and Essos. The plot includes several storylines including the tale of seven noble families which fight for the control of Westeros, the impending threat of mythical creatures from the North and the story of the last scion of a dynasty as he tries reclaim the throne. The series has a large ensemble cast and explores several themes including religion, corruption, hierarchy, sexuality, loyalty, crime and civil war through its characters.

Game Of Thrones Availability

Game Of Thrones is telecast during Sunday nights on HBO. The series is also available for online viewing through the HBO Go streaming service. Since the HBO Go streaming service is inaccessible outside USA, the series is not yet available to online viewers located outside the country. If someone tries to access the Game Of Thrones videos from outside US, they will just see the message – “To access HBOGo, you must reside within the fifty states of the United States of America”. As it can be imagined, such restrictive practices could prove incredibly frustrating for expats, travelers and fans of the series located throughout the world.

How HBO Blocks Access To Game Of Thrones

HBO cannot broadcast Game Of Thrones outside US since it has signed content sharing agreements for the series with several other content providers (Canal+ in France, Sky Atlantic in Germany, Showcase in Australia among others). To enforce these agreements, HBO is forced to block international audience from accessing the show online. The viewers having a legitimate US IP address can access the full episodes of the series while people from other regions are simply redirected to the error page.

To unlock Game Of Thrones series from a different country, it is necessary to get a US based IP address before accessing the HBO Go website. There are several IP changing services like VPNs and proxies that supply real US based IP addresses to people located throughout the world. However, due to speed and privacy issues, it is recommended to use a VPN for accessing streaming services like HBO Go from a different location.

How To Unlock Game Of Thrones from Outside of USA With A VPN

Step 1: The first task is to identify a VPN provider which can provide a US IP address. For unlocking Game Of Thrones, we highly recommend checking the high speed and bandwidth plans from HideMyAss,  ExpressVPNKepard, VyprVPN and IPVanish. These providers have excellent infrastructure in place that can deliver high speeds and privacy with minimum downtime.

Step 2: Check whether your VPN provider provides a custom VPN client. If so then you can setup the service within minutes by installing the client on your machine. However, if the answer is no then you need to setup the service manually by creating a new VPN connection and modifying its connection parameters. Most VPN companies do not provide custom apps for mobile devices so you have to configure the service manually on your mobile device.

Step 3: Next, save the changes and restart the system if necessary. For Smartphones/tablets, this step is not required but you must restart the HBO Go app after saving the network changes.

Step 4: Click on the VPN Connection name or its desktop icon to connect to the service. Wait for few moments so that the service can locate and connect to the default VPN server.

Step 5: Select a VPN server from USA if the default server is from another location. A lot of VPN vendors, including the companies listed above, offer their service from several regions so you need to select a server from US manually in order to unlock HBO Go service and Game Of Thrones episodes. It is also important to note that the distance from the server impacts the overall speed so you must choose a US based server that is located closest to your location to get the best streaming speeds.

Step 6: Connect to the HBO website again and click on Game Of Thrones episode names in order to unlock them. To watch the episodes from your mobile device, close and restart HBO app after you change your IP address. Congratulations, you can now watch the latest episodes of Game Of Thrones from any corner of the world.

September 24, 2013
  1. Quantumottle said on February 16, 2014 1:52 pm:

    The above article is misleading when it says:
    “Congratulations, you can now watch the latest episodes of Game Of Thrones from any corner of the world.”

    NOT TRUE! You still require a HBOGO password to login to the HBOGO website. Simply setting up a VPN will NOT gain you access to Game of Thrones. The article is misleading.

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