Update: In the UK Now TV offer contract free access to Game of Thrones.
Sky are launching Sky Atlantic, a new channel, and sinking quite a bit of their famous advertising budget into it. Sky Atlantic will be the home of the HBO produced content that Sky’s splashed the cash to purchase. Trailers for the channel have confirmed that highly anticipated Game of Thrones will run on Sky Atlantic.
What about Virgin Media customers? The thing to note is that many savvy geeks are with Virgin Media because their broadband packages thrash anything Sky have to offer. It very much matters whether Virgin pick this channel up or not.
The bad news is that Virgin Media will not have Sky Atlantic, not for launch, and so will not have Game of Thrones. I’m gutted.
The good news is that there is still hope. It’s possible Virgin will sign Sky Atlantic later one. I reached out to Virgin and got this response;
“As the home of digital entertainment, we’re always looking at new channels and content to give our customers the greatest range of high quality entertainment.”
It’s just my own opinion, Virgin haven’t said anything along thise lines but I read that as “looking at Sky Atlantic” and that could even be “in discussions with Sky over Sky Atlantic”.
There’s also the chance that Game of Thrones will air elsewhere. FX (who have The Walking Dead in the UK) might pick it up. Game of Thrones might do so well that Sky run it on Sky One or even Channel One.
As for those Sky Atlantic trailers that show us some clips of a Game of Thrones. Doesn’t Sean Bean look well cast in the I’m-not-Boromir-Ned-Stark role!