How to watch House of the Dragon in Australia

Return to Westeros when House of the Dragons becomes available to stream via Foxtel Now and Binge in Australia from Monday 22nd of August 2022. 

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Fergus Halliday
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August 02, 2022
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Game of Thrones ended with a thump rather than a triumph, but HBO is hoping to win back fans with their next expensive-looking fantasy epic: House of the Dragon.

Set hundreds of years prior to the War of the Five Kings, House of the Dragon promises to make good on the sweeping history that acted as a backdrop to the adventures of the Starks and Lannisters.

Depicting the dragon-riding Targaryen dynasty in their prime, the first episodes of House of the Dragon are set to debut later this month. If you're located in the United States or overseas, you'll be able to stream them through HBO Max or tune in via HBO. Unfortunately, neither of these services are available in Australia. Instead, Aussies looking for their next fix of George RR Martin's fantasy world will have to look elsewhere.

Where to stream House of the Dragon (2022) in Australia

Exclusive to Binge and Foxtel Now in Australia
Binge
Binge
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
  • pro
    Premium TV and movies
  • pro
    Starts at $10/mth
Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now
3 out of 5 stars
3
  • pro
    Sports and News
  • con
    $25 to $104/mth

Here in Australia, House of the Dragon will be available to stream via both Binge and Foxtel Now. The series will also air week-to-week via Foxtel proper.

If you're not already a Binge subscriber, the arrival of House of the Dragon is a great excuse to sign up for the service on a two-week free trial. While that won't last you the full season, it'll get you part of the way there. Even if you forget to cancel, the most you'll end up paying for Binge is $18 per month.

In comparison, the cost of a Foxtel Now membership that includes the Essentials channel pack (which you'll need if you want to watch House of the Dragon) starts at $25 per month.

When does House of the Dragon (2022) release in Australia?

The first season of House of the Dragon is comprised of 10 episodes, with a new instalment dropping each week. Australians should expect the first episode to make its debut on the 22nd of August, 2022. 

Assuming that HBO's broadcast schedule doesn't skip a week due to an overlap with a holiday or US-specific sporting event like the Superbowl, the final episode of the first season of House of the Dragon will air on the 24th of October.

If you can hold out till then and prefer to binge the show all at once, that's the date you'll want to keep in mind. For those who'd prefer to dip their toes in to see if HBO's first Game of Thrones spin-off can recapture the magic, a 2-week free trial with Binge is likely to be the best bet.

What is House of the Dragon about?

A new family, more dragons and a familiar Iron Throne
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House of the Dragon is a fantasy drama set in the feudal kingdom of Westeros.

Set several hundred years prior to the events of Game of Thrones, the prequel is set to follow the rivalries and alliances of the royal Targaryen family as it descends into a period of civil war (later referred to by characters in Game of Thrones as the "Dance of the Dragons") and political turmoil.

This setup is both deeply similar and starkly different to that of Game of Thrones, no pun intended. There are likely to be fewer White Walkers in the mix, but a lot more dragons this time around. While fans should expect to see familiar locations like King's Landing and Storm's End to return, they shouldn't expect the houses involved with this particular struggle for the Iron Throne to echo the actions or ethics of their Game of Thrones counterparts.

Is House of the Dragon based on a book?

House of the Dragon is loosely based on a set of short stories which were later collected into George RR Martin's Fire & Blood: Volume 1.

Unlike Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon is not a word-for-word adaptation of this book. The source material in question is written from the perspective of an in-universe historian, which gives the team bringing the story to life a bit more wiggle room in terms of how they approach it.

What is Binge?

Binge
Our Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Starts at
$10
/mo
pro HBO content
pro App is cleaner and more reliable than Foxtel Now
con No 4K or parental controls
con Video quality varies wildly

Binge is Foxtel's second streaming service. Rather than adopt the cable-style channel packs model seen with Foxtel Now, Binge has a more Netflix-inspired subscription system. You pay a monthly fee, you get access to everything in the Binge library plus the features associated with your membership tier.

Check out the table below for a breakdown of how Binge compares to Australia's other streaming services.

Service
More info
Rating
Monthly price
Max. Video Resolution
# of streams
Available deal
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$10.99 - $19.99 4K 4
4 out of 5 stars
4
$7.994K6
4 out of 5 stars
4
$11.99 4K 4
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
$6.99 HD 1
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
$6.99HD1
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
$8.99HD3
3 out of 5 stars
3
$8.99 HD5
Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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