Few shows have ever managed to raise the bar as exceptionally high as Game of Thrones did during its 9-year run. From convoluted plots and Machiavellian backstabbing to high fantasy elements such as dragons and direwolves, Game of Thrones had it all. Therefore, it was no surprise when the entire series became available to stream on HBO Max. There is just one small problem though: HBO Max is only available in a select few countries. Unfortunately, Canada isn’t one of them. However, there is an easy solution to that particular problem. You can find more about it below, including all other questions you might have about watching Game of Thrones in Canada on HBO Max:
How To Watch Game of Thrones in Canada with a VPN
Since HBO Max is geo-restricted, all you really need is a premium VPN such as PureVPN with its mammoth 6,500+ servers in 140+ countries, and you’ll be viewing Game of Thrones on HBO Max within a few minutes. Here’s all you’ll need to do:
- Subscribe to a PureVPN subscription
- Download and Install PureVPN’s Mac/Windows client or Android/iOS app via the respective app stores
- Connect to a US server.
- Sign in to your HBO Max account, search for Game of Thrones, and start streaming.
How To Get HBO Max Subscription Outside the US
The process mentioned above is relatively simple, but what if you don’t already have an HBO Max account? Well, no reason to worry, that can be arranged just as easily. Follow these steps to get your HBO Max account in Canada:
- Download and Install PureVPN
- Connect to any of its US servers
- Go to a retail outlet such as Walgreens, Target, Kroger, Rite Aid, Home Depot, Dollar General, Best Buy, CVS, GameStop, Walmart, or Family Dollar and buy an HBO gift card. These can be bought online with a VISA/Mastercard debit/credit card.
- Go to HBO Now’s main page and log in or sign up if you don’t have an HBO Now account.
- Head to hbonow.com/gift
- Enter the 10/12-digit code from the gift card.
- Enter a US Zip Code (for example, Atlanta 30343), and then click “Continue.”
- Sign in again and redeem the gift card.
- Log in to HBO Max with the same credentials.
Another Way To Stream Game of Thrones in Canada
In case you’re not sold on the idea of getting a VPN in Canada and streaming Game of Thrones, you can still opt for a different approach. This comes in the form of Crave (formerly known as Crave TV). For those of you unaware of the service, Crave does three things for you: it you watch movies, shows, and subscribe to HBO Max simultaneously.
Think of Crave as Canada’s own little version of Hulu. While it may not have as many acclaimed properties like The Handmaid’s Tale or Castle Rock, it makes up for it by giving you direct access to some of HBO Max’s best shows such as Westworld, Euphoria, and of course, Game of Thrones.
The next thing you’re probably wondering is, “Well, if Crave is so great, then why don’t I get that in the first place instead of a VPN?” And I’d probably agree with you if it weren’t for three things. Firstly, a good VPN, even the premium ones like PureVPN, will cost you much less for an annual subscription. Secondly, you can continue streaming Game of Thrones via HBO Max AND stream other popular shows from other geo-restricted sites from across the world.
And lastly, VPNs are a much safer option. Not only will they let you stream your favorite geo-restricted content, but they’ll also keep all your activity logs and location data completely anonymous.
At this point, you’re also going to want to know exactly how a VPN can let you access and watch a streaming service that’s geo-restricted for viewing only in the US. If yes, then you might find the following part of particular interest:
How a VPN Allows You To Watch Game of Thrones in Canada
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are the perfect tool if you’re interested in streaming geo-restricted content. That means it’ll block anyone from outside the US from accessing that content. But how does a service know you’re from outside the US? Simple, through your IP address. When you’re on the internet, your IP address is the single most important identifying factor about you. It instantly gives away your location.
It is this exact conundrum that a VPN solves. How? Well, as soon as you connect to a US server via a VPN, it masks your actual IP address with an IP address based out of the US. There’s a bit more technicality involved, but as far as your streaming needs are concerned, this is all it takes.
And now you’re probably wondering, “Well, if it’s so easy, isn’t HBO Max doing anything to make sure you can’t do that?” The answer is yes. HBO Max and nearly every other streaming site are incredibly vigilant in detecting and identifying VPN proxies, which brings us to the next topic of interest.
Can I Watch Game of Thrones Just As Easily With a Free VPN?
Short answer? You can try, but you’ll fail. Why? Because premium VPNs, such as PureVPN, might charge you but provide the necessary elements you need to bypass these geo-restrictions. Remember those 6,500+ servers I mentioned earlier. They’re there to ensure you never have to find yourself facing geo-restrictions when you try and watch your favorite content.
More importantly, a free VPN is an oxymoron. Why? Because even though it may not cost you anything, you’re still paying for it…with your data. Yes, you can thank the free VPNs and their activity and connection logs for those annoying pop-up ads you keep getting on your phone/PC.
My advice? Get a good VPN service such as PureVPN, and enjoy streaming your favorite geo-restricted content from all over the world without any worries.
Can I Watch It Anywhere Except HBO?
Yes, if for any reason you don’t want to buy an HBO Max subscription directly, there are alternatives…sort of. That’s because even though they’re alternatives, they’re basically routing you back to HBO Max anyway, not to mention requiring you to sign up for their service beforehand. However, if you’re dead set on opting for an alternative, then here are your choices:
HBO Max on Hulu: If you have access to Hulu, you can buy a separate HBO Max pass and stream Game of Thrones from your Hulu account.
HBO Max on Amazon Prime: Like Hulu, you can choose to buy an HBO Max pass via Amazon Channels. It’ll give you seamless access to all HBO Max content.
iTunes: If you buy a season pass, you can start streaming all HBO Max shows, including Game of Thrones.
Vudu: This is certainly the exception as it won’t somehow reroute you back to HBO Max. Vudu retains rights for the first five seasons of Game of Thrones, so you can watch those by signing up for Vudu (Bonus tip: I’d take this deal since the show’s quality went downhill after Season 5 anyway).
Naturally, you may have noticed that some of these services are geo-restricted to the US. As explained before, you can connect to a US server from PureVPN and sign up and stream Game of Thrones from any of these services whenever you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some other questions you might have if you’re interested in watching Game of Thrones in Canada:
Were there any Game of Thrones scenes filmed in Canada?
Yes, the cities of Banff and Calgary were chosen for their iconic giant wolves. These wolves were generously provided by Instinct Animals (a supplier of trained animals for films and shows) out of Calgary. The scenes showing the direwolves out in nature were also filmed in the two cities.
Can you watch Game of Thrones on Amazon Prime for free?
You cannot watch Game of Thrones on Amazon Prime for free. You must have an HBO subscription to watch all episodes of Game of Thrones. However, HBO Max is only available in the US. You need a PureVPN subscription to watch HBO Max if you happen to live outside the US.
Where is the Wall from Game of Thrones in real life?
While most of the scenes depicting north of the wall were filmed in the Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland, the actual wall was completely CGI-generated.
How much is HBO Max per month?
Currently, HBO Max costs $15 per month. It is the same price as HBO’s cable network. Still, it comes with a significantly more extensive catalog of movies and shows. This catalog will burgeon further by the end of 2021 as Warner Bros. has announced all their 2021 movie releases will be available to stream on the streaming platform the same day of their cinematic release.
Does HBO Max have a yearly package?
Not presently. HBO Max only offers a monthly package that’ll renew each month automatically until you cancel your subscription.