Here's The Cheapest Way To Legally Watch Westworld Season 2 In Australia

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Westworld returns to Australian screens today, April 23. As the Australian Government continues to come down on piracy sites, you might be looking for a cheap, legal way to watch. Just like we did with Game of Thrones, we've worked out the most cost-effective option: You can get the series for free, if you're willing to wait - or, you can split the difference with a mate and watch live for a cool $20.

The cheapest possible price to ensure you can watch Westworld season 2 live (and legal) is: $15

Subscribe to Foxtel Now's Drama Pack Today, April 23

The Drama Pack gives you access to Foxtel's HBO content via the showcase channel. If you're a first time user, you'll be given a two-week free period. Of course, it makes the most sense to subscribe right on the day the opening episode airs: April 23. That'll give you access to episodes 1-3 for free and should start your billing cycle on May 8.

Share with a mate

Foxtel allows you to stream to two devices at the same time, meaning if you've got a particularly sci-fi loving friend who will be watching Westworld you can get them on board to split the cost. You'll have to pay for half of course, but that will bring the price down to the previously mentioned $15. That's the same price many paid for Game of Thrones last year.

Don't forget to cancel your subscription on July 2

Once the season ends - which we expect to be before July 8 (and presumably on June 25, based on last year's run being over 10 concurrent weeks) - you've gotta go and cancel your subscription. Once you've been deactivated, all things considered, you should be charged for two months of content at $15 a pop.


Once all is said and done, you would have spent $30 on the Drama pack for two months. We think that's a pretty good price for one of the two pillars of HBO entertainment right now. You could also, you know, use the Drama pack to watch a ton of other great Foxtel content, but that's not up to us.

An even thriftier way would be to sign up for Foxtel Now after the entire season has aired and then just jump into it on demand - for free. The two-week trial period will be enough for you to binge watch the whole series, if you can wait and avoid all those spoilery spoilers.


Comments

    I’m an entitled man-child so I’m gonna pirate it and then gloat about how I never watched it. Because I must have everything now and free.

    Giving money to Rupert Murdoch is more unethical than pirating.

    It isn't immediately obvious that "share with a mate" suggestion counts as a legal way to watch. It certainly sounds like it violates section 5.2 of the terms of use:

    https://www.foxtel.com.au/now/about/terms.html

    ... with section 5.3 saying they can suspend your account if they believe someone else is using it. It probably won't happen, but it is worth keeping in mind.

    So perhaps the cheapest legal cost is $30?

      I mean, it seems to be legal, it's simply a TOS violation. If it was illegal, they would threaten billion dollar fines and thousands of years in jail.

        If you're breaking the TOS, what right do you have to use Foxtel's service? If a prosecutor wanted to pursue the case, it'd probably count as "unauthorised access to restricted data" under the Cybercrime Act, which carries a jail penalty.

        My main point was that if the aim of the article was to push people to watch the show via legitimate means, perhaps don't recommend that they violate the TOS of that service.

          A breach of a tos doesn't suddenly escalate to a criminal matter. It would remain a civil matter as contracts do.

          They’d just terminate your access, and you’d have to demonstrate that “restricted data” would include a TV series, and “unauthorised access” included a friend borrowing your account details with your consent. If such a thing became a criminal matter, the courts would be bogged down with pointless cases. It’s obvious that said section of the Cybercrime act deals more with data security (say from a data centre of sensitive data) and not your mate’s Foxtel account.

          The more likely scenario, if Foxtel even really gave a shit, would be account termination. But I’m pretty sure they know people already do this and likely ignore it because it’s still a subscription that someone is paying for as opposed to taking action and killing it.

          "unauthorised access to restricted data" applies to sensative data such as police data or national security stuff. Not you watching a tv show with a friends account.

          Add to that no prosecutor would even take on such a case as:

          A: It would make them look bad
          B: Make foxtel look even worse.

          Its not a criminal matter. No criminal laws have been broken. TOS is a civilian contract. If you break it its still a civil matter.

            That doesn't appear to be the case. I'm looking at Section 478.1 of https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2004A00937

            The TV shows certainly meet the definition of restricted data, since they are held on a computer and there is an access control system governing access.

            Part 1.d mentions a number of conditions that make this a crime. Access to Commonwealth restricted data is definitely mentioned, but the last option "the access to, or modification of, the restricted data is caused by means of a telecommunications service" would seem to cover pretty much every Internet service.

            I agree that it is highly unlikely you'd be prosecuted though. Again, my main point is that breaking the TOS runs contrary to showing the cheapest legal way to watch Westworld.

            Because if instead we're looking at the cheapest way to watch Westworld that is unlikely to result in a lawsuit, the answer is probably to pirate it.

              The person is authorised to access the data, so 478.1 wouldn't apply. They cease being authorised when Foxtel terminates their account, not before. When ruling with law, you don't just rely on a single section of an Act, but need to go back and see all the definitions.

              I'm not an expert on this Act (my experience is rulings under the GST Act), but a quick look suggests S. 476.2(1) is key here, talking about unauthorised access. With that Section in mind, they still have the right to access the account, proven by the very fact they can access it.

              All they have done is given the potential for Foxtel to terminate their account, not necessarily required them to. Foxtel MIGHT cancel, they MIGHT warn you, or they MIGHT just ignore it completely.

              If what you did was illegal, Foxtel would be legally obligated to report every instance, or be breaching many other Acts. And that's just not how it works.

              But until they decide to do something, you still have a valid account with them, so accessing the show is authorised. In other words, it isn't a breach.

              The Secord Reading of the Cybercrime Act 2001 talks about hacking, DOS attacks, virus spreading, and website vandalism, not minor issues like TOS. Those Second Readings lay out the intent of an Act, and are a pretty important gauge on what its going to apply to.

    lol foxtel and their 480p 'HD' on day of release. resolution that shit makes my eyes feel like they are getting cancer.

    Do Foxtel stream in HD yet?
    Such a beautifully shot tv show would be a crime to watch it in low bitrate 720p.

    I’m probably gonna do my best to avoid spoilers and wait for the HD blu Ray

      I’m pretty sure the “on demand” stuff is in 720p, but channel streams aren’t. Either way it’s a shitty deal.

        do you mean the channel streams aren't 720 and the streams are 480p?

        like the fucking nineties?

          IIRC yeah the live channels are 480p, but the Netflix-style streams are 720p. Because lol.

    Screw Westworkd I'm purely using Foxtel ATM to watch Roseanne. I really wish more 80s/90s shows were on streaming services rather than hundreds of shows with an audience of 5 people that no-one has ever heard of

    So, the only options is foxtel, or foxtel shared with a mate. The quality is crap, the speed is terrible, and last time I tried to watch something, it didnt show up for streaming until the next day, unless I wanted to wait around till midnight for another "live" showing.
    Wait for 4k it is, I'd rather have half the show spoiled than mess around most of the night trying to watch it "legally".

    Foxtel buying exclusive rights to GoT, and then going offline on release night (when I had organised a GoT night at my place) was the last straw for me.

      Same here. I’ll pay for legal means but when they fuck up their service with something so basic I’ll go elsewhere.

      Cue “omg ur not entitled to media just wait lol” but seriously at the price they charge it shouldn’t be that hard to deliver a major show on time. Other streaming services don’t fuck up this badly.

        Itunes never managed to screw it up. Immediately after the episode aired you could download it fine.

        Then came along foxtel.... And well we know the rest of the story.

          really? because there have been a few times i have hired from itunes and it went pear-shaped, took days to figure it. The idea that itunes doesnt screw up is kinda laughable.

            Never said they dont screw up. Just saying they did not screw up GoT on the level Foxtel has done it.

      yeah because they are the only people in the history of online stuff to screw up something like this? hah. Yeah Hardly. Tech goes wrong.

    Just use a vpn/smart dns and set up a hbo now account. Nothing illegal about doing that. Plenty of guides and tips on whirlpools forums.

    There is no way I’m paying for a sub HD streaming service in 2018. Regardless of the content

    I watched it last night through Foxtel Now via airplay from my iPad. Had no big issues though the resolution did drop a few times through out the episode, which could have been due to the airplay rather than the Foxtel now service. But I'm moving to a Vodafone TV with the built in chromecast as it's way better than the clunky airplay.

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