‘Game of Thrones’ Live Stream: How to Watch Episode 9 Online for Free

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Here is how to live stream Game of Thrones Episode 9, The Battle of the Bastards, for free, even if you don’t have cable. (HBO)

If you’re looking for a Game of Thrones live stream for episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards,” we’re listing a number of free options below for how to watch episode 9, the penultimate episode of season 6, online for free. These include two options for people who don’t have cable or satellite subscriptions. Last week fans were mostly disappointed with how Arya’s storyline was resolved. But that disappointment will soon fade tonight. Game of Thrones’ penultimate episodes are historically major events with big plot twists. And with the director of “Hardhome” also directing this episode, it will likely be amazing. 

The ninth episode of season six will air at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight, June 19 on HBO. The recap show, After the Thrones, will be available on Monday. Here’s a rundown of the streaming options available for to watch tonight’s episode, with options two and three being for people without a cable or satellite subscription.

How to Livestream Episode 9 If You Have Cable and an HBO Subscription

If you have a cable or satellite package that includes HBO, this section is for you. You can watch the ninth episode for free via HBO Go. It’s a streaming service that’s included with a regular HBO cable subscription. You’ll need your cable or satellite log-in information to access the service.

On a computer, go to HBOGO.com and choose “Sign in” in the upper righthand corner. On mobile devices, open the HBO GO app and choose “sign in.” You’ll need to choose your TV provider, then enter your username and password for your  TV account. If this is your first time using the service, you’ll need to create an HBO Go ID.

HBO Go is available on these supported devices, including Apple TV, Apple mobile devices, Amazon Fire, Android mobile devices, Android TV, computers, Chromecast, Playstation 3 & 4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, TiVO, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Unfortunately, users have reported trouble using HBO Go and authenticating their log-in or freezing during inopportune moments, like this one during episode seven:

If you experience problems tonight, check HBO Go’s Twitter feed for error reports. Or if you’re in the U.S. and have HBO as part of your cable subscription, you can write them at this link.

How to Livestream if You Don’t Have Cable & You Only Want to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

(Note: If you can’t get your HBO NOW service to work, some fans have found that going directly to the episode’s URL can make it work, so give it a try. The direct URL is here.)

If you’re in the United States and you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription that includes HBO, you can use the HBO NOW service to watch episode 9 of Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards.” It costs $14.99 per month, but it has a free one-month trial. If you picked up the HBO NOW free trial for the premiere of Game of Thrones, that trial is expired. You’ll have to start paying $14.99 a month to keep your access to the show. A lot of fans have done just that.

If you have any problems getting HBO NOW to work, you can troubleshoot it here.

If you  haven’t signed up for a free trial with HBO NOW, you still can. Signing up for HBO NOW is a little complicated, so you’ll want to follow these steps:

1. First Subscribe to HBO NOW

HBO NOW is a standalone streaming-only service, but there are only two ways to sign up, depending on if you want to sign up via a mobile device or on your computer. Signing up through a mobile device is easier.

If you want to sign up through a mobile or TV device, you’ll need to download the HBO NOW app:

  • If you have an iPhone or Apple device, get the app on the App Store here.
  • For Android, the app can be downloaded at this link.
  • For Amazon devices like Fire, download from the Amazon App store at this link.
  • For Apple TV, the app is already installed and should be on your home screen.
  • For Roku, add the HBO Now channel through the channel store.
  • For Samsung Smart TVs, search for HBO Now on the Smart Hub.
  • For Xbox One or Xbox 360, download HBO Now in the Apps window.

If you need more details on where to go to download the app, visit the page here. To find out if your specific mobile or TV device is supported, please visit the webpage here.

If you want to sign up for HBO NOW on your computer:

Contact a participating Internet or mobile provider about purchasing a subscription. You can buy a subscription from Optimum here in the northeastern U.S., or through Verizon here.

After signing up, you’ll need to complete an HBO NOW profile. On your computer, start here, choose your provider, and sign-in with the username or password from your Internet or mobile account. From a phone or tablet, download the app here, open the app, tap “link to your new subscription,” and choose your provider. Sign in with your username and password from your Internet or mobile provider and complete the registration.

If you want to watch HBO NOW on a computer, you’ll need either Mac OS 10.6 or later or Windows Vista or later. Supported browsers include Chrome 37 or later, Firefox 31 or later, Internet Explorer 10 or later, and Safari 7 or later.

How to Livestream if You Don’t Have Cable & You’re Interested in Channels Beyond HBO

Users without cable or satellite, but who are interested in watching HBO and other channels, can watch “The Battle of the Bastards” — and all other HBO programming — through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to a handful of channels for a monthly fee. The service’s Best of Live TV Package, which includes channels ranging from ESPN to CNN to AMC, costs $20 per month, but you’ll have to select the HBO add-on, which is an extra $15 per month. But you can watch a week’s worth of episodes for free via Sling’s free 7-day trial. If you keep Sling beyond the trial, you’ll have to pay $35 a month — $20 for the Best of Live TV package and $15 for the HBO add-on.

To sign up for Sling, follow these steps:

1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

2. When you sign up, you’ll be prompted to select Sling’s standard Best of Live TV package, which costs $20 per month. You’ll also have the option to add extra packages, all of which come with a monthly fee but are included in the free trial. If you’re primarily interested in watching the Game of Thrones, you’ll need to select the HBO add-on.

3. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to HBO to watch the ninth episode of season six.

With an App:

Users with a subscription to Sling TV can watch it on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store.

There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices.

Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the 7-day trial period ends, you will not be charged.

Episode Preview for ‘The Battle of the Bastards’

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To prepare for tonight’s episode, “The Battle of the Bastards,” you’ll want to watch this preview above. This episode is going to be amazing. It’s directed by the same man who directed “Hardhome” and it’s a longer episode at 60 minutes run time. To get ready for tonight’s episode, please see these stories about last week: