PAY FILM AND TELLY on demand service Blinkbox will be the first broadcaster other than Sky to show series three of the medieval fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones series three finished showing on cable this week, and Blinkbox has barely let the tears dry on anyone's face before stepping forward and offering to take punters back into it in a couple of months.
Winter is coming... The dragons are on their way... Game of Thrones Season 3 will be available on blinkbox from 15th July!— blinkbox (@blinkbox) June 11, 2013
Blinkbox already has series one and two of the TV show, so acquiring series three makes a lot of sense. It's possible that it will annoy rivals like Lovefilm and Netflix, but they, unlike the Tesco service, have been funneling cash into original homegrown programming.
Lovefilm has the Vikings and a whole load of other possibilities in contention, and Netflix has Lilyhammer, Arrested Development and House of Cards. Also-ran Yahoo promises a show about women grilling things. We don't predict any Game of Thrones like machinations from either Netflix or Lovefilm as they attempt to wrest the cooking show audience away from their rival.
Over the last week the internet has gotten mad about events in the show that have been in print for almost a decade. People are running round with their knickers in a twist about spoilers that have been in the books, and in bookstores for years.
If you have managed to avoid reading spoilers about the Red Wedding, then you do not have much longer to avoid Twitter.
Blinkbox will bung all the series up on 15 July, meaning that you can gorge on its bloody swordplay and casual nudity in one chunk before going online and complaining about it.
"We are thrilled to offer Game of Thrones season [three] via Blinkbox for those in the UK who haven't had the opportunity to see it," trilled Colin Smith, director or International Digital Distribution for HBO.
Series one and two are both available to purchase through the service at £17.99. We are going to take a stab in the dark and assume that series three will weigh in at about the same price.
Some people do not like to wait, of course, and according to a report at Torrent Freak, the last episode of Game of Thrones has been downloaded over a million times already. µ