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Where to watch Chernobyl in the UK

This epic miniseries from HBO and Sky depicts events surrounding the explosion at the Chernobyl power station in April 1986 in terrifying detail. But if you missed this TV event the first time around, you can still watch it in full right now by streaming it at home. 

Read on to find out how to watch Chernobyl in the UK.

How to watch Chernobyl on NOW TV

Chernobyl is available to stream on NOW TV

NOW TV is a subscription service which provides access to live and on-demand content via monthly passes. In order to watch Chernobyl, you’ll need a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, which you can buy on a rolling monthly contract which can be cancelled or renewed whenever you like with no penalty. 

To view NOW TV you can use either a desktop or laptop web browser, or one of the many devices which support the NOW TV app, including Apple TV, Roku, Android and Apple mobile devices, smart TVs, and NOW TV’s own streaming sticks and boxes. One exception is Android TV, which is not currently supported by NOW TV.

  • What broadband speed do I need to watch NOW TV?

    NOW TV recommends the following broadband speeds:

    • Recommended home broadband minimum speed: 2.5Mb
    • Recommended mobile data speed: 450Kbp

    Cheap ADSL broadband should in most cases be suitable for viewing NOW TV (though it may struggle if you try to stream more than one show at a time). For multiple NOW TV streams, you will need fibre optic broadband.

    In general, we recommend a minimum broadband speed of 2Mb to comfortably use any streaming video service at the lowest quality. But higher-quality video will demand more bandwidth, and you also have to consider whether other people in your home will be using the connection at the same time.

    For further help see our guide to choosing a broadband speed and introduction to broadband speeds.

How to watch Chernobyl on Sky Go

Chernobyl is also available to stream in full via Sky Go

Sky Go is a free service for Sky TV subscribers, so if you already pay for Sky you don’t need to spend any more to see Chernobyl, as well as many other shows such as Game of Thrones.

Sky Go can be viewed on mobile devices and PC and Apple Mac computers using the Sky Go app. Xbox and Playstation games consoles are also supported but require a Sky Go Extra subscription, which costs £5 per month. This also unlocks the ability to download shows and stream to two devices at the same time.

  • What broadband speed do I need to watch Sky Go?

    Sky does not offer any official guidance on the speeds required for Sky Go.

    In general, we recommend a minimum broadband speed of 2Mb to comfortably use any streaming video service at the lowest quality. But higher-quality video will demand more bandwidth, and you also have to consider whether other people in your home will be using the connection at the same time.

    Cheap ADSL broadband should in most cases be suitable for viewing Sky Go (though it may struggle if you try to stream more than one show at a time). For multiple NOW TV streams, you will need fibre optic broadband.

    For further help see our guide to choosing a broadband speed and introduction to broadband speeds.

How much will it cost to stream Chernobyl?

 NOW TV Entertainment Pass costs £8.99 per month. It’s a rolling monthly agreement so you’re not locked in for the long term and can cancel whenever you like. 

Sky Go is free for all Sky TV subscribers. However, there is a £5 charge for Sky Go Extra.

About Chernobyl

Synopsis

Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history - and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Chernobyl cast

  • Jessie Buckley as Lydumilla Ignatenko
  • Jared Harris as Valery Legasov
  • Adam Nagaitis as Vasily Ignatenko
  • Paul Ritter as Anatoly Dyatlov
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina
  • Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk

Chernobyl reviews and ratings

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96% (Certified Fresh)

IMDB viewer rating: 9.4 / 10

Will I like Chernobyl?

Chernobyl is a richly detailed series that delves deep into the aftermath of the disaster, examining both the human cost and political fallout. If you have any level of interest in the Cold War or Russian history it’s essential viewing, but anyone who simply enjoys well-made TV should be enthralled. This is a fascinating dramatisation which plays out like a horror movie, made even scarier by the fact that it is relatively faithful to real events. 

However, be warned that the show does not pull any punches when it comes to showing the effects of radiation so it is not suitable for younger viewers, or the squeamish.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chernobyl

  • Can I binge watch Chernobyl?

    The whole series is available to stream from Sky Go and NOW TV.

  • Can I watch Chernobyl for free?

    If you’re a Sky TV subscriber you have free access to Sky Go. Otherwise, you’ll need to watch on NOW TV where a free trial is available if you’ve never used it before.

  • Can I get Chernobyl on Blu-ray or DVD?

    Chernobyl is available to buy on disc.

  • Will there be a season 2 of Chernobyl?

    Chernobyl is a miniseries and the creator has confirmed there are no plans for a follow-up.

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