Game of Thrones simultaneous world broadcast: why is the UK missing out? - Telegraph
Dedicated Game of Thrones fans across the world will now be able to watch each episode of season five of the popular HBO fantasy show at the same time as viewers in the US unless, that is, they happen to be based in the UK

HBO has announced that it is planning to simultaneously broadcast (or "simulcast") Game of Thrones in 170 countries across the world, beginning with the season five premiere on April 12. However, UK viewers planning to catch the show on Sky Atlantic will be forced to wait until April 13, and each subsequent episode of season five will be broadcast a day later than in the US.

"The series will premiere on Mondays at 9pm, as it always has," a Sky Atlantic spokesperson told the Radio Times. "The only exception to this was the first episode of season four, which was premiered simultaneously with HBO."

What's the rationale behind this Ramsay Bolton-worthy torture? According to the website Pocket-Lint, who got in touch with Sky, the broadcaster "simply wants all UK fans to experience the show together".

The decision to simulcast the show across the world has been linked to viewer complaints about spoilers, and to HBO's piracy concerns. According to an estimate from the file-sharing website TorrentFreak, Game of Thrones was the most pirated television show of 2014. For some viewers, the delay between the US broadcast and the availability of the show in their own country was a major factor in their decision to access the series illegally.

For those unable to wait for April for a glimpse of season five, a new trailer, featuring some significantly up-sized dragons, a vengeful Daenerys Targareyn (Emilia Clarke), and a bearded, exiled Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was unveiled at the launch of the Apple Watch on Monday.