The entire run of HBO’s Game of Thrones TV show is now streaming on HBO Max in 4K and HDR, joining the 4K and HDR-compatible movies on the service. You can watch all eight seasons with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, making for a nice way to bide the time before the series premiere of House of the Dragon on August 21st.
Only those who subscribe to HBO Max’s ad-free plan, which costs $14.99 / month or $149.99 / year, have access to the new formats. You won’t have to wait to see House of the Dragon in 4K, though — HBO says it’s debuting the Game of Thrones spinoff in 4K with support for HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.
While Game of Thrones was already available in 4K on Blu-ray, streaming on HBO Max saves you from paying $150 or more outright for the entire box set. Watching on Blu-ray would come with some advantages, however — as FlatpanelsHD notes, you’ll get a higher bitrate, meaning better quality. Plus, you won’t have to deal with a streaming app as buggy as HBO Max’s, but either way, at least now you can start and stop watching wherever you think will make sense.
Update August 1st, 9:50AM ET: Updated to note that the 4K streams are now available on supported devices.