"Game of Thrones" is about to take over the globe. HBO announced Tuesday that Season 5 will air simultaneously in more than 170 countries and territories, beginning with the U.S. premiere on April 12. That makes it nearly impossible not to watch "Game of Thrones" -- unless you live North of the Wall.
HBO also recently announced its new standalone streaming service, HBO Now, which will be released in time for the "GoT" season premiere. The series has been the most-pirated show on TV for the last three years, so these moves may reflect HBO's attempts to reduce illegal downloading.
The most recent trailer for Season 5 was released Monday, giving an extended look at all the dragons, sex and bloodshed to come. HBO also revealed the titles and descriptions of the season's first three episodes. With more ways to watch "GoT" this year, hopefully we can count on HBO Go not crashing again.
Season 5 of "Game of Thrones" premieres April 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.