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Game of Thrones is about to look and sound a whole lot better for HBO Max subscribers with the proper hardware.

As announced by WarnerMedia in a press release detailing what’s coming to its streaming service in August, all eight seasons of Game of Thrones will soon stream in 4K Ultra HD with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. The updated episodes will be available to subscribers who are on the ad-free plan.

WarnerMedia didn’t share an exact release date as to when the 4K seasons of Game of Thrones will be rolling out, but it sounds like they could release on the same day as House of the Dragon. The upcoming prequel series will be available to stream beginning on Sunday, August 21.

HBO Max has announced everything coming to the platform this August, including the debut of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (8/21), based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.” In addition, all eight seasons of the HBO hit GAME OF THRONES arrive on HBO Max in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on the ad-free plan and supported devices. New episodes of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON will also debut in these advanced formats.

All eight seasons of Game of Thrones are already available to watch on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos, but the quality gap between those and their streaming counterparts should be reduced significantly following the latter’s update on HBO Max.

Game of Thrones fans were recently treated to a new House of the Dragon trailer, which has racked up nearly 15 million views since its release on Wednesday. It offers a glimpse at some of the show’s pricey sets, including some of the effects work that went into bringing its dragons to life.

HBO’s description for House of the Dragon:

The reign of House Targaryen begins. House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is coming to HBO and HBO Max on August 21. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.

HBO Max’s ad-free plan is available for $14.99/mo. or $149.99/yr., while the ad-supported option is available for $9.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.

HBO announced that its streaming service reached 76.8 million global subscribers in April, an increase of 3 million from the end of 2021.

Source: WarnerMedia

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2 comments

  1. Isn't that a bit late to the game? Is the experience of grainy looking dark monsters going to be that much better in HDR and 4k? Not that I didn't enjoy the series but the special effects were not that great.

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