But HBO's mobile offerings, HBO Go and HBO Now, do not allow subscribers to download shows and movies, according to the network's frequently asked questions pages. In a release announcing the launch, Apple called its app "the first and only place" where HBO subscribers would be able to download shows like "Game of Thrones."
AT&T's DirecTV app allows you to download shows recorded on your DVR to your mobile device, but the company's website also says that some on demand content is not available for download. Amazon Prime similarly only allows users to download some HBO programming.
With the franchise continuing in House of the Dragon, there is renewed interest in Game of Thrones. If you're still a fan of Game of Thrones, you may want to download some of the available apps and games for your phone.
The game takes place concurrently with the television series, from the end of the third season until just prior to the start of the fifth season. The story focuses on House Forrester, a family not introduced in the television series, but mentioned briefly in the novel A Dance with Dragons. House Forrester hails from Ironrath, a fortress within the Wolfswood forest in the North of Westeros, where they control the valuable Ironwood groves, coveted by many because of the wood's military importance. The game primarily takes place near Ironrath, but also in other locations on the continents of Westeros and Essos.
The majority of mobile developers, however, are not afforded the luxury of being so benevolent - and in this golden age of long-running TV shows, they see a growing opportunity for synergy with live free-to-play games.
The rationale behind Netflix's willingness to launch Stranger Things: The Game without monetisation, and the primary reason that interest in TV show-mobile game deals comes from both sides, is that free-to-play mobile games can get eyes on the brand at crucial moments.
In the case of Stranger Things, Netflix wanted to draw attention to the upcoming second season. And while it's very hard to precisely track the success of this, download charts provide a decent metric.
In the meantime, BonusXP has said it'll be keeping a keen eye on how players are engaging with a game which, with a 10-hour campaign and no limits on session length, is something of an anomaly for mobile.
And there was indeed a perceptible spike. On October 11th 2016, shortly before season seven began, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land was ranked at 259th in the US iPhone grossing charts. On October 24th, the day after the season premiere, it was at 86th. Though fluctuating, typically the game's grossing position would peak during a week the day after a new episode was televised.
Scopely's own game, The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, is based off both the show and the comic. Its grossing ranking on the US App Store also notably rose from October 23rd 2017 onwards as season seven started. Many of its peak grossing periods also coincided with the show's TV airtime.
What all this shows, then, is that free-to-play mobile game developers working with enormously successful TV shows provide considerable benefits for both sides - but it's also by no means a magic bullet.
* Web Africa says the amount of Download Plus GBs used in June 2014 was around 71 000GB, while expected (straight line) Download Plus usage in August 2014 is about 177 000GB.* 50TB of data equates to downloading around 4 200 HD movies.* Downloading Game of Thrones seasons one to four in HD uses around 23.5GB of data, so 50TB is at least 2 100 complete seasons.* Telkom has 948 868 ADSL subscribers.* Telkom has 16 588 fibre distribution points in SA.* Telkom has deployed over 147 000km of fibre in SA.* Download Plus is an add-on product for capped packages, whereby customers can buy data at reduced rates to use between midnight and 6am. 2b1af7f3a8