‘Game of Thrones’ Live Stream: How to Watch the Marathon Online for Free


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

If you’re looking for a Game of Thrones live stream for the big December marathon, we’re listing a number of free options below for how to watch all of the seasons online for free. These include two options for people who don’t have cable or satellite subscriptions. HBO will be showing marathons of Game of Thrones every day, December 26 through December 31. It will air one season a day. However, if you’re watching online, you don’t have to wait for HBO’s TV schedule to see the episodes again.

The six seasons were epic, to say the least. There are moments in the series that rank among the best moments in television history. Here’s a rundown of the streaming options available. You might want to put together a rewatch party in celebration!

How to Livestream the ‘Game of Thrones’ Marathon 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 marathon 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.

If you experience problems over the next few days, 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.

Remember: The episodes are airing on HBO2, not the regular HBO channel. But all the episodes are also available on HBO GO. 

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

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 the marathon of Game of Thrones. It costs $14.99 a month, but it has a free one-month trial. 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.

Remember: The episodes are airing on HBO2 not the regular HBO channel. But they are all also available on HBO NOW.

Typically, you can also live stream HBO shows on Sling if you don’t have cable and only want to watch Game of Thrones. However, this isn’t the case this time because the Game of Thrones marathon is airing on HBO2, which means you won’t have access to it on Sling, which only streams HBO channel shows.

However, if you don’t want to use HBO NOW and you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can stream all the Game of Thrones episodes that way. HBO on Amazon is available for $14.99 a month, but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial first here.

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