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How can I watch Sky Atlantic?

By Tom Rodgers
Monday, January 14th 2019

Sky Atlantic is Sky's jewel in the crown – one of the best reasons to subscribe to Sky TV. But what if you're with another provider? Are there other ways to watch it? Why, yes. Yes there are.


Provider Sky Atlantic
Sky TV Yes
Virgin Media TV No
TalkTalk TV No

On Virgin TV

Unfortunately there's no way to watch Sky Atlantic on Virgin TV, despite rumours floating around the internet for years that Virgin would be able to offer it.

But there's a trick to get around it...

Sky offers almost all its content through NOW TV, its subsidiary streaming company. So you can get instant access to Sky Atlantic on your mobile, Smart TV, games console, tablet or wherever you tend to watch, just by signing up to the NOW TV Entertainment Pass. You can read our full review of NOW TV to learn all the details.

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The Entertainment Pass gets you 11 channels: Sky Atlantic, Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox, UK Gold, MTV, Nat Geo Wild, Sky One, Sky Arts, Sky Living and Syfy, as well as on-demand content from ABC Studios and Viceland.

These Passes only renew every 30 days until you cancel, so you can get your premium TV fix and keep the flexibility to cancel at any time without having to sign up to a long contract. As a new customer you'll get a 14-day free trial, after which time you'll pay a monthly fee.

If you're only interested in one show, and you're unlikely to dive into the 300 other box sets on offer, it's always worth timing it exactly so your sign-up coincides as closely as possible with the first episode and ends with the last. Then, when your favourite series ends, or if you just get bored, you can unsubscribe from your NOW TV Entertainment Pass at any time.

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On Sky TV

Sky owns, manages and runs Sky Atlantic so it makes sense to sign up to get the best experience. If you want to take advantage of all the gloriously detailed scenery that Westeros has to offer, you can watch Sky Atlantic in glorious 4K Ultra HD with a Sky TV subscription.

If you want to watch Sky Atlantic through Sky TV, simply pick the Sky Entertainment pack . Sky Entertainment is the provider's cheapest TV package but still offers you 300 channels to choose from, including Sky Atlantic. You'll have to sign up to a minimum-term contract of 18 months so it's certainly not as flexible as buying a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

You'll get a Sky Q set-top box in the post. All you have to do is connect it to your TV, and you're set and ready to watch. There's also the benefit of Sky Go, which comes for free with any Sky TV subscription and lets you watch Sky Atlantic on your mobile, tablet, laptop or through a games console.

You can watch Sky Go anywhere you can get an internet connection, whether that's on your home wi-fi, public wi-fi, or over 3G or 4G. If you're using your phone's data allowance by streaming Sky Go over 3G or 4G, just be careful and keep an eye on how much data you're using; streaming Sky Atlantic with Sky Go will drain your data like nobody's business.

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On NOW TV online

If you have a compatible device, you can watch Sky Atlantic through a NOW TV Entertainment Pass and take your favourite shows with you wherever you go. If you're on a tablet, or Android or iOS smartphone and you want to watch your NOW TV Entertainment Pass on the move, you'll need to download the NOW TV app from Google Play Store or from the App Store. Most Android versions are supported, but only iPads and iPhones with iOS 8 and later are supported. For Windows or Mac latops you'll just need to download the NOW TV Player app.

Extra devices supported by NOW TV include the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, as well as LG and Samsung smart TVs, streaming devices like the NOW TV smart box and Smart Stick, all models of the Roku boxes and players, Chromecast, the third and fourth generation of Apple TV, and EE TV.

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Sky Atlantic isn't available on BT TV yet. After almost a decade of wrangling, BT announced in December 2017 that by early 2019 it would offer Sky content through its TV service. So there's no option to get Sky Atlantic through BT TV at the present time. It's hoped the deal might be come through in time for the debut of Game of Thrones season 8. In the meantime, there's always the NOW TV app.

On TalkTalk TV

Sky Atlantic isn't available through TalkTalk TV's Youview or Youview+ boxes. While you can get access to the NOW TV app through Youview, it only includes the option of the Sky Cinema Pass and not the Entertainment Pass you need to watch Sky Atlantic. You can buy and download individual episodes or seasons of Game of Thrones on the TalkTalk TV Store, but you can't get Sky Atlantic through this service. Again, you can watch NOW TV online however.


Unlike TalkTalk TV or Plusnet TV, with EE TV you can pay to download the NOW TV Entertainment Pass to watch Sky Atlantic on demand through your TV. All the usual rules apply, so your Entertainment Pass will auto-renew every 30 days until you cancel it.

EE TV is only available as a bundle with EE broadband or fibre, so if you're not in the market to switch your home internet to EE then it's worth keeping in mind some of the other options in this guide.

Frequently asked questions

I don’t have Sky Atlantic, how do I watch Game of Thrones?

There are other ways to watch Game of Thrones without Sky Atlantic. You can buy and download individual episodes or season passes with Amazon Instant Video, through iTunes, on Google Play Store or by using the TalkTalk TV Store (formerly Blinkbox).

Can I use a NOW TV Entertainment Pass on YouView?

No. If you have a YouView box with BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Plusnet TV, or you have your own YouView box, you can only access NOW TV's Cinema Pass – you can't get the Entertainment Pass.

The easy way to get access to a NOW TV Entertainment Pass is to buy one direct from NOW TV, or to use the NOW TV app where it's available.

How much does Sky Atlantic cost?

There is not one specific price for the channel on its own as Sky Atlantic comes bundled together with other entertainment channels through a Sky TV subscription, NOW TV's Entertainment Pass, or on the NOW TV app.

Can I get Sky Atlantic on demand?

Yes. Sky subscribers can either watch the channel using the Sky Q set-top box on a TV, or by downloading and using the Sky Go app on a computer, tablet or mobile.

Can I watch Sky Atlantic in HD?

NOW TV's Entertainment Pass offers Sky Atlantic in 720p on almost all devices, with support for 1080p on a limited number of the latest mobile and tablets. The only way to watch Sky Atlantic in full 4K Ultra HD is by signing up for a Sky TV subscription and watching via a 2TB Sky Q set-top box.

Can I watch Sky Atlantic on Freeview or Freesat?

No. There's no option to add the premium Sky Atlantic channel to Freeview. You need one of NOW TV's Entertainment Passes or a Sky TV subscription to watch Sky Atlantic.

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