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Winter Is Coming....

... to the United Kingdom, courtesy of our friends at Sky Atlantic.

It will arrive at April 18 on the dot. One day after the American premiere.

So keep your swords sharp, boys and girls, and sign up for Sky Atlantic.


Feb. 21st, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
For Brits wanting to know a bit more:

Sky Atlantic is currently being offered free to all Sky subscribers through August, I believe, so a basic Sky subscription will get it for you.

Also, Sky Atlantic is one of the channels available on the Entertainment Pack for Sky Player, their internet-based viewing service, which is £15 a month -- don't actually have to get a dish and so on to see the show via broadband, which sounds like a great deal (especially as it seems you can just sign up on a month-to-month basis).

Finally, a lot of people are holding out hope that Virgin Media will be allowed to carry Sky Atlantic, but right now the pictures looks grim as the two broadcasters are at loggerheads over the pricing, with Sky claiming Virgin is underpricing and Virgin claiming Sky is overpricing.

(And for other foreign fans: beginning of May in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden on Canal+, May 9th in Spain on Canal+)
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the info :-)
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
May in Sweden? SO SOON? *_* Lovely~ ♥

I need to get Canal+...
Feb. 22nd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Also, for those who don't know, Sky is owned by Rupert Murdoch, to some known as the Evil Media Baron. I have a Brit friend who was very much looking forward to the arrival of "Game of Thrones" and of "Treme" in the UK, only to learn that they're both on Sky, a network to which she refuses to subscribe as a result of the Evil Media Baron connection.

Glad I don't have that problem in Canada!
Feb. 22nd, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I am no fan of Murdock's politics either, but I tend to think such boycotts are pointless, and often do more harm to innocents than to their intended targets. Rupert isn't going to miss your friend, but your friend will miss some good shows, the product of the labor and creativity of hundreds of decent people, many of whom likely share the same values as your friend.

To be consistent, your friend must be refusing to read the UK editions of my books as well. HarperCollins Voyager is also owned by Rupert Murdock's News Corp.
Ian Haigh
Feb. 22nd, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Apologies for this long post:

I see the points you're raising and it has made me think a little harder before just blindly saying no to Sky. However, with the books, you are buying just the book whereas, with a Sky subscription you are paying for various programmes, most which I have no interest in whatsoever. I am not going to pay however much it is for a Sky subscription just to see one show, despite the fact I anticipate it'll be the best show for a long time, if not for all time...

So, two options seem open to me: wait for a DVD release (which could take an agonisingly long time but would still be worth it) or the other option which I have heard mentioned. I would rather not resort to viewing it online though, as that's not fair on all those who have put so much effort into GOT.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
He owns EVERYTHING!!! :o

Is he truly that terrible, I ask you. Does he lead a tyrannical police-state that oppresses the masses and executes dissidents?
The Chinese government does, among many others, but everybody seems to buy from them regardless. Hypocrisy at its worst*.

*That last part is directed at Thefirsalicat's Brit friend, not at GRRM, of course.
(no subject) - arfisk - Feb. 22nd, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that your were politically inclined Mr. Martin. I think it would be great if you made some policical blog posts during the NFL off-season. That would be great! I am sure that your millions of fans would love to hear more about your personal politics.
politics - grrm - Feb. 22nd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: politics - lou_112 - Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
I am no fan of Murdock's politics either, but I tend to think such boycotts are pointless, and often do more harm to innocents than to their intended targets

Yes, I lean more toward your view of this kind of boycott, but I do admire my friend for remaining true to her principles, even though it means she's missing some excellent telly - and books! Not sure how she's managed to read AGOT, now you point that out....
Feb. 22nd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I also disagree with Murdochs political views. I didnt know that about HarperCollins. Fingers crossed that Murdoch changes his political views by the time the next book comes out. I like to take a favorable view of humanity and believe and hope that given enough time anyone can change.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Isn't the entire purpose of the boycott to advocate/cajole/harrass others who derive income, etc. from the perpetrators (Murdoch in this case) in order to galvanize more people to your cause? All the citizens who bravely spoke up against Don Imus did so with the obvious potential cost to all the employees of his sponsors, not to mention his tv and radio stations...but in doing so, they put sufficient pressure on these companies to get rid of him? Sure, its obvious that protesting against Murdoch in this manner wouldn't get results as quickly, but that doesn't make it any less 'right' to protest in the same manner. I'm pretty sure that when the Civil Rights movement led protests against businesses, it had an impact on many "innocent" parties too, but that is what leads to change.
Re: Boycott - joffrey_thejust - Feb. 23rd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
So, I don't have television service. No cable, no dish, nothing. I am connected to the internet and Netflix... that's enough for me... I hope.

I'm not very knowledgeable about how the magical world wide web works its ways... as far as I can tell a yankee such as myself will be able to subscribe to this British based broadcaster via the net. Is this true?

I'm searching for a way to watch GoT as it happens. I don't wish to wait till it becomes available on blueray or through Netflix and I will not pay $75+ a month for this convenience.

If the Entertainment Pack for Sky Player is not available to those in the USA do you, or anyone else who happens to read this, know of another way to bypass a cable or satellite subscription?

I could really use the advise. Winter draws near and I'm getting anxious.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: hmm..
I think that you'd need a British address (at least for your credit card), and a British IP, to be able to sign up for Sky Player.

I think Verizon has a carriage deal with HBO if you are a broadband customer.. or maybe thats just FIOS, their bundled telephony-broadband-cable service.

Otherwise, there's no other legal avenue to getting the show that I'm aware of, unless HBO decides to do something unprecedented like release episodes on iTunes or something of the sort. So far, HBO has been very resistant to this sort of thing, as their bread-and-butter is cable subscriptions.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: hmm..
I appreciate the response but am disheartened by its content. It looks like I'll have to either don an eye patch and take up piracy or wait for its release on blueray.

I've never been fond of hook hands and peg legs though, so I guess I'll just have to wait. Dang it.
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
as a virgin subscriber it's really sad we won't get it :( but it's not worth changing our television/internet/phone just for Game of Thrones (according to my father who pays the bills anyway!)


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