It’s nearly time to head back to the Seven Kingdoms and catch up on Jon Snow, Danerys Targaryen, and of course, Cersei and the Iron Throne
Based on the Season 7 of Game of Thrones trailers, which starts July 16, a big, bold, and bloody war is coming to Westeros.
Of course, for the traditionalists among us, watching Game of Thrones Season 7 is as simple as heading over to our TVs and flipping on HBO. But there are many among us who are now cutting the cord, and getting to Game of Thrones might not be that easy.
We’ve created the following guide for ways to stream HBO’s Game of Thrones over the web. From HBO Go to HBO Now and beyond, the number of ways to access the service might surprise you.
If you’re already an HBO subscriber through your cable or satellite provider, HBO Go is your best bet for streaming Game of Thrones.
With HBO Go, you have access to the entire slate of HBO programming, including Game of Thrones, as well as older shows like Entourage and The Sopranos. Better yet, it’s accessible in a slew of locations, including on your phone, on your laptop, and on set-top boxes like Apple TV.
In order to access HBO Go, you’ll first need to sign in to the service with your cable or satellite provider’s credentials. As long as HBO can verify that you’re a subscriber, you get access to the service.
However, unlike some of the other offerings in this lineup, HBO Go doesn’t come with a live-streaming option for most shows and episodes. So, if you’re hoping to catch Game of Thrones live, HBO Go won’t be the solution for you.
Instead, you’ll have access to the show after it premieres on the network, so you’ll be a little behind all your friends who watch it live.
There is, however, one caveat: HBO Go does allow for streaming “big premieres,” so there is a chance that the first episode of Season 7 will stream live over the service.
If you’re a cord-cutter and don’t want to be beholden to cable and satellite companies but still want to watch Game of Thrones, HBO Now could be the best solution for you.
With HBO Now, you can sign up for the service, which costs $15 a month, and have access to the entire slate of HBO shows, documentaries, and other programming from the device of your choosing.
HBO Now and HBO Go have some similarities. Both services allow for access to all of HBO’s programming, and you can stream their content to just about any device you want. What’s more, they both offer live-streaming on “big premieres,” so you can watch Game of Thrones Season 7’s first episode while it airs on TV.
However, HBO Now is still generally designed to be a destination for watching content after it’s aired on TV, so it’s not necessarily the ideal solution if you want a full-on replacement to the traditional network.
To sign up for HBO Now, simply go to the HBO Now site and subscribe. You’ll get your first month free. After that, you’ll be able to access HBO Now on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, and through the browser.
Starting at $20,Sling TV is a live-streaming offering that lets you watch all the traditional programming you desire. But you’ll need to pay more to watch Game of Thrones.
Sling TV, which has dozens of channels for you to watch depending on the option you choose, also offers access to both live-streaming and on-demand HBO content.
Once you sign up for one of Sling TV’s packages (Orange, Blue, or both), you’ll have the option to add on premium channels like HBO. If you choose HBO, Sling TV will charge you an additional $15 a month for access to the network’s live and on-demand content.
Essentially, you’ll be able to stream Game of Thrones Season 7 live over the Web each time an episode premieres, providing an added benefit over HBO Go and HBO Now, which will force you to wait.
But again, if you choose Sling TV (or DirecTV Now, for that matter), you’ll need to subscribe to a host of other channels just to be able to stream Game of Thrones live.
If you’re looking for a hybrid model that lets you back away from traditional cable or satellite subscriptions but still rely on a satellite provider for your entertainment fix, AT&T’s DirecTV Now is an option.
The service, which starts at $35 a month, gives you live TV access to at least 60 channels. If you want to pay a bit more, you can get access to yet more channels. DirecTV Now tops out at $70 per month for more than 120 live channels and on-demand content.
So, what does all that have to do with Game of Thrones? Well, if you pay just $5 more a month with any of the DirecTV packages, you’ll have full access to HBO programming. You can also access on-demand content through the service.
DirecTV Now is available on a range of devices, including your smartphone and set-top boxes, and you can cancel your subscription anytime. But for $5 a month, it presents one of the better HBO deals in this roundup.
Amazon offers its own option for you if you’re interested in accessing HBO programming through the service.
When you head on over to Amazon Channels, you’ll be given the option to sign up for HBO for $15 per month. The service, which is available through Amazon and accepts payment through your Amazon account, provides unlimited access to the network’s entire slate of programming.
Amazon’s offering is essentially HBO Now. However, it allows you to watch HBO programming both in the HBO Now app and in the Amazon Prime Video app, and pay for the service through Amazon.com account. And since the Prime Video app is available on a slew of devices, you can access Game of Thrones wherever you prefer.
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