Watch the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere for free on Xbox One and 360 this week

You don't even need Xbox Live Gold to watch the first Game of Thrones season 4 episode.

The first episode for the fourth season of Games of Thrones will be available to watch, for free, on Xbox platforms this week.

And that's actually free, not the usual 'but you need to have Xbox Live Gold free': an HBO subscription is not required, and nor is Xbox Live Gold.

The initiative is part of a new Xbox hub for the show, which also features some behind-the-scenes videos, trailers, and interviews with the cast of the show. There's even a quiz.

Variety reports that the season four premiere for Game of Thrones drew almost 6.6 million viewer on HBO over the weekend, and that the episode is lined up to become of the most pirated episodes of a TV show in history.

Game of Thrones airs Sunday on HBO until June 15.

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Discussion

76 comments
berserker66666
berserker66666

The desperation level of Microscam is over 9000 but less than 720p

grenadehh
grenadehh

Or you can download it. Frankly you didn't miss anything from this episode but you still should watch it.

chieflion
chieflion

will they keep doing this? 

if they do i may turn my xbox one for once

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

XBox:  Bringing gaming the best in television.

jl9537
jl9537

Anyone else just facepalm when the HBO Go app commercial said "Free with your HBO membership and Xbox Live Gold membership?" You don't say.... -_- Everything's free after you buy it. It's basically the same thing as "this candy bar you bought is now free to eat" :P

bluefox755
bluefox755

Little late to the party Xbox, pretty sure everyone who was going to watch it, watched it already, and I doubt newcomers would start on season 4.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

Or Public HD has it for free through utorrent.

gajbutler
gajbutler

For free if you pay for Live....


Can just torrent it on my PC thanx.

wolv25
wolv25

I can't wait when I see it.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

Uhm, I watched it yesterday after downloading it. And I'll buy it on Blu-Ray next year, just like I've done with seasons 1-3.

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

I get to see more floppy wieners for free? Where do I look? Or not look...

repetitious
repetitious

Is it worth starting season 1?i been curious but havent had a chance reAlly

gladi8or19
gladi8or19

Since i don't have HBO and i couldnt find a stream on the same night, i'm down for this.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Already saw it. Great start to the new season .

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

I watched it on Sunday on my PC platform and guess what... it was free =O

Blazen702
Blazen702

Wait. HBO GO app isn't out on the Xbox One yet. Is it over Xbox's Video store?

CyberSteak
CyberSteak

There's this thing called the internet...yeah...many people have already watched it for free.  But hey, points for trying! 

And is it really free if you have to pay for a subscription in order to watch it for free?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Season three just ended in Swedish television, so I've got a small window of time before I need to avoid anything GoT-related in fear of spoilers. I can read this article and the comments, but "winter" is coming.

demondogx
demondogx

everyone and their moms already saw it on sunday

blackace
blackace

I thought Microsoft didn't offer FREE content. lol!! 

I'm being sarcastic of course. XBL has something free every week.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

To raise the number of potential watchers...there are nude ladies to be seen.

Not in America i guess ;-)

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

@bluefox755

Some of us aren't lucky enough to have Foxtel and have to wait a year for the DVD release. Now the question is whether I give in and watch the first episode and then die for the rest of the year or quietly pre-order and forget.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Did you read the article? It clearly states that you do not need XBL Gold to watch this episode...

wallacom
wallacom

@DeadorRock  I wonder, if I have HBO, but I still torrent the series. Is it a crime? lol.

TacoTuesdays
TacoTuesdays

@Blazen702  you dont need an app or suscription to watch the episode as it states in the article

kerrman
kerrman

@CyberSteak Try reading the article next time.

Or, you know, even just the subtitle.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Subscription for what? It clearly states in the article that you don't need a Gold account to access this. Get your head out of Sony's ass already you troll.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Hey don't leave out Sony too, they do freebies as well.

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

@Darknight765  I am not stealing it, I am streaming it. If someone has the episode and streams in from his server to my PC, how does that equate stealing? I don't have a permanent copy, nor am I selling it for profit.  

orbit991
orbit991

@DARKSPACE @leakingdogmilk Actually no one wins not even HBO as you still need an HBO subscription to watch the rest and for that you need to pay for a full cable bundle price and more if you want HD, and in order to get HD you need to pay for a digital bundle and only then do you get the privilege to give HBO another 10-15 bucks.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@Blazen702 Nowhere did he mention Sony. I think he's using a PC to stream wtv he wants, when he wants it. We above your petty console wars.

sanchango
sanchango

@bluefox755 @Darknight765  no it's not since that person has a hbo subscription, your logic is implying that one and only one person can watch said episode.

Darknight765
Darknight765

If you are watching without an hbo sub, or another paid form of service you are stealing it whether you decide to keep afterwards or not doesn't matter. That dumbass outlook is why they just passed the internet neutrality act. Because of people like you, we will have to put up with regulated internet. So enjoy it when it starts in the next few years.

blackace
blackace

@Burniz @EasyComeEasyGoMicrosoft does tv shows, music, games, sports and movies. They had free UFC last week I believe. They had a free weekend of XBL as well.