How to watch House of the Dragon in Australia

HBO's House of the Dragon is now streaming on Foxtel Now and Binge with new episodes available every Monday. 

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Update (22/7/22)

The first season of House of the Dragon is now streaming on Foxtel Now and Binge. Both services offer free trials that allow you to stream it for free tonight. Foxtel Now has a 10-day free trial while Binge has a 7-day free trial. Read on for more information on how to watch House of the Dragon online in Australia...

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 before the War of the Five Kings (and the events of the original series), 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 season of House of the Dragon has already begun. 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.

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

Exclusive to Binge and Foxtel Now in Australia
  • Foxtel Now
  • Binge
  • Foxtel via FOX SHOWCASE
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From
$25
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HD10 days
12-month plans from
$69
/mo*
HDN/A
From
$10
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HD7 days

*Foxtel: Min cost $354 on direct debit for 1 month with iQ4 (incl $150 iQ4 box fee, $35 standard connection & $100 professional install fee). 12-month and month-to-month plans available.

Here in Australia, House of the Dragon is available to stream via both Binge and Foxtel Now. The series also airs week-to-week via Foxtel's classic pay TV service. 

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 7-day 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 $22 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.

Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org Australia
3 out of 5 stars
3
  • pro
    Sports and News
  • con
    $25 to $104/mth
Binge
Binge
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
  • pro
    Premium TV and movies
  • pro
    Starts at $10/mth

If you're looking to swap NBN providers, all Telstra NBN plans currently include two free months of Binge. This offer is available to customers new to Binge. You'll pay $18 per month after your two free months are up, but can always cancel. 

Here are Telstra's NBN plans: 

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. Here in Australia, the first episode debuted on the 22nd of August 2022. New episodes of House of the Dragon will be available every Monday at 11:00AM AEST. 

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 7-day 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
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$10
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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
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth

Where to watch House of the Dragon in 4K in Australia?

There's currently only one way to watch House of the Dragon in 4K in Australia: Foxtel.

While the Game of Thrones prequel is available to stream via Binge and Foxtel Now, Australia's premier Pay TV service is the only place you'll be able to find the series in ultra high-definition. At least, until it gets a 4K Blu-ray release.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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