Winter Comes Earlier for Game of Thrones Fans

Sky at last has awoken from its winter slumber over simultaneous screenings with the US and will simulcast season five of Game of Thrones with HBO.

That means SoHo will air a new episode at the same time it goes to air in the US, which will be 1pm Mondays from April 13.

“New Zealand is joining 170 countries and territories across the globe which will simulcast each week’s episode as it airs on HBO in the US, so you can watch it at the same time as the rest of the planet,” the satcaster says in its press release.

Although HBO is behind the initiativeAustralia’s Foxtel has been offering a similar service for a couple of years now.

Hitherto Sky has rejected the strategy for its own scheduling convenience.

But now, with Netflix about to launch here, Lightbox streaming shows within hours of their US launch, and Game of Thrones being the most illegally downloaded TV show in history, Sky’s having to maximise its point of difference as a pay-TV operator while minimising piracy of its key product.

Thrones’ 8.30 Monday slot will continue but, as Sky notes, diehard fans no longer will have to spend Monday afternoons “avoiding spoilers like the plague”.

Speaking of which, see here for the latest trailer and season five updates.

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