- Game of Thrones season 8 premieres April 15 in India
- It will be simulcast on Hotstar, 6:30am IST every Monday
- Indians will get to watch it at the same time as US audiences
Unlike in past years, Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will be simulcast on Hotstar in India, which means members of the Disney-owned streaming service can watch the highly-awaited return of the epic fantasy series at the same time as HBO subscribers in the US. New episodes of Game of Thrones are broadcast Sunday 9pm ET on HBO in the US, which translates to a Monday 6:30am IST availability on Hotstar in India. Thrones hasn’t been simulcast in India since season 5, when it aired on Star World at the same time as HBO, albeit in a modified version due to Indian television’s self-censorship ways.
Game of Throne Season 8 Hotstar release date
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres April 15 on Hotstar in India. New episodes will also air Monday nights on Star World.
This is big news for rabid Game of Thrones fans in India, since they won’t be an hour or more behind international audiences as before. But as with anything to do with Hotstar, it’s been silently revealed in unassuming teasers. With previous seasons, new Thrones episodes would only be available on Hotstar after they had finished airing on HBO, which would be 7:30am IST or later. That issue would have been compounded with the show’s final season, which is set to have multiple episodes that will run over an hour. Of the five of the remaining six episodes, three have a runtime of about an hour and 20 minutes.