Game of Thrones season five now available for pre-order through iTunes
Apple has made Game of Thrones season five available for pre-order via iTunes Australia, scheduling it for release on June 16. Last year, iTunes didn't stock the show's fourth season until almost a month after it finished airing on Foxtel, creating some doubt as to when Apple would sell it this year.
As with past-seasons of the award winning programme, season five can be purchased for AUD$32.99 in high definition or for AUD$27.99 in standard definition. Google Play and Quickflix are expected to also begin selling the new season on the June 16.
Foxtel's exclusivity agreement with HBO means that digital retailers such as iTunes aren't able to sell Game of Thrones until the season concludes. Prior to last year, digital retailers operating in Australia were able to sell individual episodes after they aired.
The news follows HBO's decision to kick geo-dodging Australians out of its U.S.-only streaming service, HBO Now, which offers access to new episodes ofGame of Thrones for USD$15 per month. Australian subscribers who had jumped on the chance to pay a "fair price" for Game of Thrones were disappointed by the news, with many saying they would simply return to pirating the show.
While buying Game of Thrones through iTunes and pirating it in the meantime is still technically copyright infringement, it may make you feel a bit better about yourself.
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