Game of Thrones Season 6: 10 Things Viewers Need to Know

The Game of Thrones Season 6 premier is finally here and you can tune in to see who is next to die, who comes to power next and the differences between the book and the TV show. Here’s how to watch Game of Thrones season 6, what time it starts and what you need to know if you plan to watch on HBO Now or HBO Go.

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You don’t need cable to watch the Game of Thrones season 6 episodes, but you will need to use a paid service if you want to see the episodes as soon as they air. We’ll show you how to watch for free if you haven’t already used up a free trial of HBO.

There is also a HBO free weekend on cable and satellite, so you can watch the Game of Thrones Season 6 premier free if you have a subscription. Check with your provider for the right channel.

Game of Thrones is only on HBO, but you can buy the older seasons on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital. A cheaper option is to subscribe to HBO and watch all the old episodes there.

Everything you need to know about the Game of Thrones season 6 premier. Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Everything you need to know about the Game of Thrones season 6 premier. Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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The Game of Thrones seasons 6 episodes start on April 24th on HBO, HBO Go and HBO Now. Here are the essential details that fans and viewers want to know about watching the new Game of Thrones episodes.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Start Time

The Game of Thrones season 6 start time is 9PM Eastern on HBO. If you subscribe to HBO through your cable provider you can watch the show on your TV. On the West coast the start time for season 6 is 6 PM Pacific. Count on a lot of excitement around this episode.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Start on HBO Go & HBO Now

You can count on watching the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere on your Apple TV, Smart TV, iPad, iPhone, Android, Xbox One and other devices using HBO Go and HBO Now on Sunday.

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The actual Game of Thrones season 6 start time on HBO Go and HBO Now may vary slightly depending on the device you watch it on, but rest assured it will start very close to the 9 PM Eastern kickoff.

How to Watch Game of Thrones Season 6

If you are just subscribing to HBO, HBO Go or HBO Now for the Game of Thrones season 6 start, you should spend time right now to get things set up.

Login and get ready to watch Game of Thrones Season 6 on HBO Go and HBO Now.

Login and get ready to watch Game of Thrones Season 6 on HBO Go and HBO Now.

Hooking up your Smart TV, Xbox One Apple TV,  iPhone, iPad or other HBO Now and HBO Go ready device should only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to be doing this at 9 PM on Sunday.

We recommend testing your HBO Go and HBO Now playback on the device that you will use. This process involves signing into HBO and activating the app on your device.

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If you plan to use HBO Now on iPhone or Android, you should sign up for the service before the show starts, but if you are getting a free trial you may want to wait until Sunday to sign up.

Game of Thrones Recap Seasons 1-5

Use the short video above to catch up on the first five seasons of Game of Thrones in about 10 minutes. This will include spoilers, but that’s why you want to catch up fast right?

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Free Game of Thrones on HBO Now

You can watch Game of Thrones season 6 on demand and on most devices. Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com

You can watch Game of Thrones season 6 on demand and on most devices. Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com

If you have not already tried HBO Now, you can test it for a month, which is just long enough to watch three or four episodes of Game of Thrones Season 6.

Sign up here to get a 30-day free trial of HBO Now. This is available on Amazon Fire, Android devices, Apple devices, Roku and other devices without the need for a cable or satellite subscription.

Game of Thrones Season 6 On Demand

If you cannot stay up to watch the Game of Thrones season 6 start live as it happens, you can count on seeing the episodes the next day.

Soon after the episode is done you will be able to play the Game of Thrones Season 6 episode 1 in On Demand areas. This will be on your cable box or satellite box. You can also find the episodes in the app on HBO Go and HBO Now.

Expect Game of Thrones Season 6 Problems

It wouldn’t be the start of a new season without some Game of Thrones season 6 problems on HBO Go and HBO Now.

We typically see HBO Go and HBO Now falter when there is incredible demand for the service and the Game of Thrones season 6 episode 1 start is definitely one of those moments.

Typically there are fewer issues if you are watching through a cable box, but if you run into problems with HBO Go or HBO Now, you can ask for help on Twitter.

Watch Game of Thrones Seasons 1-5 Free

You could spend a lot of money buying the Game of Thrones seasons on DVD or Blu-Ray or even on iTunes — but you don’t have to.

With a HBO subscription through cable or with HBO Now and HBO Go you get access to all the Game of Thrones episodes at no extra charge.

That means you can have your own Game of Thrones marathon right now to watch 50 episodes of Game of Thrones at no extra charge.

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Lauren Elisabeth / Shutterstock.com

Game of Thrones Season 6 Leaks and Spoilers

So far there is no Game of Thrones season 6 leak that includes episodes you can download. We’ve seen these in the past, but you shouldn’t expect that this year.

After a big leak last year HBO is not sending any press screeners, early HD copies, of Game of Thrones to anyone.

These were the source of leaks in 2015, and that’s why the company is doing all it can to keep the season under wraps. It also likely connected to the fact that the Game of Thrones TV show will eclipse the books this year.

If you are looking for Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers, check out this list from Winter is Coming.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Videos

There are a lot of Game of Thrones season 6 videos that offer behind the scenes looks, teasers and other cool details. Check out a collection of them below.

We’ve seen a number of teasers and trailers, including those above and below. Get ready and look for clues.

We see many promotional videos that offer a glimpse at what is coming in Episode 1 and future episodes in Season 6.

The playlist below shows you a collection of additional teasers that will get you amped up for Game of Thrones season 6.

That’s what you need to know about the Game of Thrones season 6 premier and what will prepare you for all 10 episodes this season.