Game of Thrones Season 8 Will Be Simulcast on Hotstar in India

New episodes of Game of Thrones are aired Sunday 9pm ET on HBO in the US, which translates to some Monday 6:30am IST availability on Hotstar in India. Thrones has not been simulcast at India since season 5, as it aired on Star World in precisely the same time as HBO, albeit in a modified version due to Indian tv’s self-censorship ways.

That is big news for rabid Game of Thrones lovers in India, since they won’t be an hour or more supporting global audiences as before. But as with anything related to Hotstar, it has been silently revealed in unassuming teasers. With previous seasons, fresh Thrones episodes could just be available on Hotstar once they had completed airing on HBO, which could be 7:30am IST or later. That issue could have been compounded with all the show’s final season, which is set to have several episodes which will run within one hour.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to Disney subsidiary Star India for comment on why episodes from past Game of Thrones seasons were only available after they’d aired in the US and what has changed this season. This piece will be updated if we hear back. We’d assume it’s something to do with all the particulars of this bargain struck by HBO.


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