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How to Watch House of the Dragon From Anywhere in 2022: Access HBO Max With A VPN

The long-awaited HBO series House of the Dragon’s release is on the horizon. If you’re going to be traveling outside the U.S. this summer, this guide tells you how to watch House of the Dragon from anywhere.

Kit Copson
By Kit Copson (Writer)
— Last Updated: 2022-08-29T05:57:54+00:00 Facts checked by Jasna Mishevska

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’re no doubt eagerly anticipating the prequel series, House of the Dragon. The series will be released on HBO and HBO Max, which is only available in select locations, so this post explores how to watch House of the Dragon from anywhere in the world. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Fantasy series House of the Dragon, which is set 200 years prior to Game of Thrones, will be released on Aug. 21, 2022 (U.S.) and Aug. 22 in other locations. 
  • If you’re in the U.S. or another supported location, you can watch House of the Dragon on HBO Max. The series will also be available on various streaming services worldwide, including Sky Atlantic, NOW TV and Crave. 
  • If you have an HBO Max account but are traveling somewhere the service is geoblocked, you can connect to a VPN to stream House of the Dragon
  • We recommend ExpressVPN for streaming House of the Dragon. It’s fast, secure and consistently gets into geoblocked streaming services. Our second and third recommendations are NordVPN and Surfshark, respectively. 

If you’re in the U.S., streaming House of the Dragon will be a breeze, but what if you’re not going to be in the U.S. this summer? Read on to find out how to access your HBO account from anywhere with a VPN (ExpressVPN is our top choice) and see options for watching House of the Dragon in various locations.

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  • No. House of the Dragon is an HBO show, so it will be streamed on HBO Max.

  • House of the Dragon will be on both HBO and HBO Max. The difference between HBO and HBO Max is that HBO Max has a lot more content.

  • No, it’s an HBO show.

  • House of the Dragon will be released on HBO Max on Aug. 21 in the U.S. As the U.K. is ahead of the U.S. time-wise, it will be released there on Aug. 22.

How to Watch House of the Dragon Online: HBO Release Date

House of the Dragon will be released on HBO and HBO Max on Aug. 21 in the U.S. HBO Max is available in the U.S. and select locations in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

The difference between HBO and HBO Max is that HBO Max has HBO content and more, whereas HBO only has HBO content. Despite this, the monthly cost of both services without ads is the same. 

Some of the locations where you can get an HBO Max subscription outside the U.S. include Brazil, Mexico, The Bahamas, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland and North Macedonia. HBO Max is also available as an add-on for some U.S. streaming services, including Hulu and YouTube TV. 

If you’re outside the U.S. and other available locations, it does make signing up for HBO Max a tad trickier, but it’s not impossible. If you’d like to learn more about subscribing to HBO Max outside available countries, check out our HBO Max streaming guide. To access your existing HBO Max account in a location where it’s unavailable, you’ll need to use a VPN to overcome the regional restrictions

A VPN changes your IP address to one in another country or location, which makes it appear as if you are physically in that country. For example, if you have an HBO account in the U.S. but travel somewhere HBO Max is unavailable, you would have to connect to a U.S. server on a VPN to be able to access your account. We’ll show you how that works further down. 

Where Else Can I Watch House of the Dragon?

In addition to HBO Max, House of the Dragon will be available via other streaming services and channels around the world:

  • U.K. — Sky Atlantic, NOW TV
  • Germany, Italy and New Zealand — Sky
  • Canada — Crave 
  • Australia — Foxtel, Binge (Aug. 22)
  • France — OCS

What Is House of the Dragon Going to Be About?

Set hundreds of years before Daenarys Targaryen became Khaleesi — Mother of Dragons, the new series is an exploration of House Targaryen’s troubled past and the events that led to the Targaryen War of Succession. It’s based on George R. R. Martin’s novel Fire and Blood, which ultimately details how the Targaryen clan faced off against each other in battle for the Iron Throne. 

House of the Dragon Cast & Characters

Game of Thrones fans will no doubt be curious about the House of the Dragon lineup. Before we get into how to use a VPN to watch House of the Dragon, let’s take a look at who makes up the main House of the Dragon cast and crew. 

Cast:

  • Paddy Considine — King Viserys I Targaryen 
  • Emma D’Arcy — Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, daughter of King Viserys I
  • Milly Alcock — Young Princess Rhaenyra 
  • Matt Smith — Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys I and heir presumptive 
  • Olivia Cooke — Lady Alicent Hightower, daughter of Ser Otto Hightower 
  • Emily Carey — Young Lady Alicent Hightower 
  • Steve Touissant — The “Sea Snake,” Lord Corlys Velaryon, head of House Velaryon 
  • Eve Best — Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, wife of Lord Corlys 
  • Fabien Frankel — Ser Criston Cole, swordsman, son of Lord of Blackhaven’s steward
  • Sonoya Mizuno — Mysaria, ally of Prince Daemon 
  • Rhys Ifans — Ser Otto Hightower, father of Lady Alicent Hightower, rival of Prince Daemon 

Crew:

  • Ryan J. Condal — Executive producer, creator
  • George R. R. Martin — Executive producer, creator 
  • Miguel Sapochnik — Executive producer, director 
  • Vince Gerardis — Executive producer 
  • Sara Lee Hess — Executive producer 
  • Ron Schmidt — Executive producer
  • Ramin Djawadi — Composer 

How to Watch House of the Dragon With a VPN

If you’re going to be somewhere where HBO Max or your streaming platform of choice is unavailable, here’s how to connect to a VPN to access your account and stream House of the Dragon from anywhere. For this, we recommend ExpressVPN, which is our top choice for streaming

ExpressVPN is a fast, reliable VPN service that consistently gets into streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and of course, HBO Max. If you’d like to learn more about ExpressVPN, check out our full ExpressVPN review

  1. Subscribe to ExpressVPN

    Go to ExpressVPN’s website and subscribe to a plan. All ExpressVPN plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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  2. Download ExpressVPN

    Go to “products” and select the ExpressVPN app for your device. Download the app from the next page.

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  3. Connect to a U.S. Server

    Open the ExpressVPN app and go to the location box to select a server. Connect to a U.S. server.

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  4. Start Streaming on HBO Max

    Log in to your HBO Max account and start streaming House of the Dragon.

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Can I Watch House of the Dragon for Free?

HBO Max doesn’t offer a free trial, but if you’re a new subscriber you can sign up for Hulu with HBO Max and get a seven-day free trial. The Hulu base plan offers you a 30-day free trial, so with this deal, you’ll get seven days of HBO Max and 30 days of Hulu. Check out our guide on how to watch free movies online.

If you don’t have a U.S. payment method, though, you won’t be able to get a free trial with Hulu. This is because to sign up for the free trial, you need to enter information for a U.S. payment method, meaning foreign cards just won’t work.

If you don’t mind paying for HBO Max, though, you can sign up from outside the U.S. via Google Pay (details in our HBO streaming guide linked above). 

Services in other locations with free trials (if you’re in one of these locations) include:

  • U.K. — NOW TV
  • Canada — Crave 
  • Australia — Binge, Foxtel
  • France — OCS 

Final Thoughts

To sum up, you can watch House of the Dragon on HBO Max if you have an account in the U.S. or another available location. If you’re outside the U.S. and want to access your account, you can use a trustworthy VPN like ExpressVPN, NordVPN or Surfshark.

The series will also stream on various channels and streaming services worldwide, including Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the U.K. Now that you know how to watch House of Dragon, be sure to check our guides on how to watch Pretty Little Liars and how to watch Rings of Power.

Do you plan on streaming House of the Dragon with a VPN? If so, which VPN are you going to use? Have we missed any streaming service options for House of the Dragon? If so, please let us know in the comments and as always, thanks for reading!

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