• George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy book series comes to life
  • HBO Canada presents a special 15-minute preview on April 3
  • Series premieres Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET/MT day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - In a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, a bloody battle rages for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. On Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada), invites subscribers to get lost in a vast fantasy world with the debut of HBO's new ten-episode, one hour series, Game of Thrones.

To help viewers gear up for the premiere and become experts on the world of Westeros, HBO Canada will present a special sneak preview of the first 15 minutes of Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 3. Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview debuts at 9 p.m. ET/MT day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., and will be followed by the premiere of part three of the HBO Miniseries presentation Mildred Pierce at 9:15 p.m.

Following its one-time-only television premiere on April 3, Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview will be made available free-of-charge, online and on demand via the following platforms:

  • On and
  • In Eastern Canada, free of charge via the video on demand services of participating television providers including: Bell Fibe TV, Cogeco, Eastlink, and Rogers
  • In Western Canada free of charge via the video on demand services of participating television providers
  • In Eastern Canada via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers, Bell TV and Videotron
  • In  Western Canada via Movie Central Online with participating television providers
  • On The Movie Network OnDemand, Movie Central On Demand, and HBO Canada On Demand

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power. As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon, who is married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark to come south and help run his kingdom after the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne from the east by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night's Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms.

Featuring a vast cast set to portray the inhabitants of Westeros, Game of Thrones stars (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon; Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy; Sean Bean as Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark; Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister; Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister; Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark; Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish ("Littlefinger"); Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon; Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont; Kit Harington as Jon Snow; Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister; Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark; Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen; Richard Madden as Robb Stark; Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane ("The Hound"); Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark; and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

Game of Thrones is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casaday, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; and producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger. Directors include Brian Kirk, Tom McCarthy, Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor and Tim Van Patten.

All episodes of Game of Thrones will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand following their network premieres. In Eastern Canada the series will be available via HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers, Bell TV and Videotron and in Western Canada via HBO Canada Online with participating television providers.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on demand where available by service provider. For more information, please visit

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B/CJR), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at

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For further information:

Media contacts:

The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)  
Nicolle Balen
(416) 956-8638    
          Movie Central (Western Canada)  
Owen McCorquodale 
(416) 479-6068 


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