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Winter Is Coming... Around the Globe

I've received a lot of emails from readers outside the United States, asking if the GAME OF THRONES television series will be shown in their countries.

The answer to that is complicated, and depends in large part on the country.

HBO does have a number of branches, partners, subsidiaries, and affiliates abroad, who take all of their programming. All of those will be showing the series.

In Canada, the show will be seen on HBO Canada, same days and times as in the US.

In Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Chile, the series will be shown on HBO Latin America, though days and times may vary.

In France, GAME OF THRONES will be shown on Orange.

In Israel, on DBS.

HBO Central Europe will offer the series in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.

HBO Asia will offer the series to the countries in their territories, though which ones will pick it up and when they will show it remains to be confirmed. There may be content questions in some Asian markets.

In some of these countries, HBO is a premium channel, as in the United States. You have to sign up and subscribe to it (and pay for it), it is not one of the channels you get for free just by turning on your television.

As for the countries not listed here... next week in Cannes there will be a huge television trade show attended by broadcasters and program directors from stations all around the globe. HBO will be there, screening its new shows and selling them. GAME OF THRONES will be one of the series whose rights will be on offer. In a few more weeks we should know which countries bought the series... and which did not. Let's hope your favorite station is one of those to pick it up.



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Apr. 9th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
=)Flying to Cannes on Sunday.
Will try to bring these series to Channel "Ukraine" in Ukraine. =) Perhaps, "The Pacific" as well.
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
SVT in Sweden has been extremely good about acquiring rights to HBO original series. I fully expect Game of Thrones to air, although perhaps 3-6 months after the first run in the U.S.
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well if it will be shown in Germany, it will be at least some years after the US airing, badly translated and dubbed. A time slot somewhere past midnight and they will probably manage to mix up the order of the episodes. Yeeha!
(no subject) - drmccoy - Apr. 9th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
screening of tv shows - eekoop - Apr. 10th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I hope some Danish channel will have the wits to buy the rights. (TV3, viasat, showed ROME and that was hbo, wasn't it?)

*crosses fingers*
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Not the UK??? Noooooo!
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
As I remember, and Wikipedia claims, it's an HBO-BBC co-production (like Rome) and as such it would be extremely odd it it wasn't shown on the Beeb.
(no subject) - scottgoblue314 - Apr. 9th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tachs - Apr. 10th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
I hope the UK BBC picks it up so I can watch it legally in English in Belgium!
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
In France, GAME OF THRONES will be shown on Orange.

WHAT THE??!!! This is a joke, right? I thought it'd be Canal+, who get a LOT of HBO series, who'd get it - there is quality with how they sub/dub, but Orange? It's a newcomer from phones, I'm clearly not happy there.


They better air this in English.

*is truly not happy*
Apr. 10th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
it's also an internet provider, which means only houses connected by Orange can access the programs. Those on Free or SFR or another provider can cry.
This sucks so much !

French citizens will have to access the show by other ways, as usual...
(no subject) - clavelm - Apr. 10th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
orange - agree - sevvem - Apr. 11th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Anything about Ireland and Britain?? Or will i have to resort to illegal streaming =( .
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
So little hope that any russian channel will pick this one up...
And again the only way to see it will be an illegal downloading from torrents :(
Apr. 9th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Guess, guys from TV3 will buy it in the end) Or something like that.
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, does anyone know if HBO will allow us to see the pilot before the actual series airs, so that we can have something to hold us off? =D
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Probably not. They've definitely recast one role (Michelle Fairley has replaced Jennifer Ehle to play Cat) and it's very heavily rumoured that another major role may be recast (possibly Dany, though that's not confirmed), so they're going to have to reshoot chunks of the pilot alongside the rest of Season 1. We're probably not going to see it before it airs as Episode 1 of Season 1, unless it somehow leaks.
(no subject) - alimoradi - Apr. 10th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
At the worst, there are always the dvd sells if you have the patience to go for it. :-/
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Apr. 9th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
YLE in Finland made a good deal with HBO last fall. They got rights to all series that start airing in Finland during three years period, even if the series last longer than that. The delays also seems quite acceptable, The Pacific will start airing this fall.

Is it possible to purchase HBO episodes from any Internet service outside US? I guess we will get a dvd release, but that will likely take some time.
Apr. 10th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I don't even know of any in the US.
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
You know, it wouldn't surprise me if FX in the UK pick it up. They run True Blood (that's also a HBO show) and it seems like their type of thing.

I didn't know HBO and the BBC had a connection, and I don't really see the BBCX picking it up; its not their thing.

One of the UK cable companies is bound to though. As I said, my money is on FX.
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
The BBC are co-funding the series, so it'll air on BBC 1. Same deal as they did for ROME. Hopefully they'll air it soon after US transmission, as they waited for six months with ROME and lost a lot of ratings through illegal downloads.
(no subject) - wandaxmaximoff - Apr. 10th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! We do get HBO here in Bulgaria, but to know for sure that we're going to see 'A Game OF Thrones'... well, this calls for a glass of wine, I think. Thank you, Mr. Martin, you made my day!
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
If there are any Swedes browsing the comment thread, you can contact SVT's drama buyer ahead of the MIPTV trade show in Cannes (starts April 12th, apparently) by sending an e-mail to goran.danasten@svt.se. Points to note are that the series was translated into Swedish previously, and the fact that Sean Bean, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Denmark, and Lena Headey are among the actors involved.
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Looks like I have to subscribe to HBO here in Brazil now.
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Sadly knowing NZ we shall pick up the show a couple of weeks before the end of the first series, if at all. I'm still waiting for Dollhouse, Warehouse 13 and Legend of the Seeker. We finally got Flashforward and Fringe though!
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Come on Australia...
Apr. 9th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I bet its going to be premiere for the german speaking countries.. and they WILL dub the show...badly...

I wish a station would buy it that will show it with subtitles, but then again, nothing like that exists here :-(
Apr. 9th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
UK screening
Perhaps Mr Martin could confirm, but I thought this was a joint BBC venture-hence as previously, why we were able to see Rome.
Or is the Beeb no longer involved?
ta david
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Re: UK screening
At least they were involved in September 2008 as you can see here on the Not a Blog (and on Wikipedia there is til now no mention of them getting out of the contract)

The one hard bit of news is that HBO has reached agreement with the BBC for them to come in as a partner on the series... IF it goes ahead. That's very cool news, and I'm excited and pleased to have the BBC involved... but even so, we're still in the crossed fingers stage here, not the shooting-off-fireworks stage.

Source: http://grrm.livejournal.com/46002.html
Apr. 10th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
In Spain, Cuatro has been the one showing HBO products as of late, with mixed results... Rome they did it promtly and nicely. True Blood, they waited way too long so most of their potential viewers had already downloaded it whole before the pilot aired here. With Pacific they managed to get it before most countries, so episodes are showing here just a day after they show in the USA, dubbed and all. Cuatro owners also aired The Sopranos and The Wire on a digital platform...oooh, The Wire was a mess, so badly dubbed and translated They kept calling Omar Little "Pequeño Omar" for three seasons because they did'nt know Little was a surname, not an adjetive.

Dubbing and awful translations are a critical issue here. I get so pissed of at dubbings I usually download and see most TVstuff I am interested on and buy it on DVD later (because I am one of the few they put all those extras and documentaries for on the boxed sets). So probably I will see GoT pilot a day or two after it airs in the USA, then watch the dubbed version when it airs here, rant about it online like a zealot and buy the box twice, one for me and one for my mom who I got hooked on the books. Maybe three times because my aunt is hooked too and dvd boxes are such nice christmas gifts.

Impatient here? naaaah
Apr. 10th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
So, does this mean there is to be a screening of the pilot at the Cannes conference for buyers? Or does HBO just sell their stuff on reputation, alone?
Apr. 10th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Is it known if we will be able to buy episodes off of iTunes?
Apr. 10th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
Hope to see in Russia too :)
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:56 am (UTC)
Yay, coming to Bulgaria!
Apr. 10th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
HBO $$$
So, around how much does it cost to get HBO in the US? (Canada is what interests me, but I assume it would be similar and I'll get a quicker answer about US)
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