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Where to watch The Witcher in the UK

The Witcher is a TV show taken from the fantasy books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. It debuted in December 2019 with eight episodes. First turned into a series of video games, The Witcher proved very popular with viewers and has already been commissioned for a second series.

If you haven't checked it out yet and want to watch The Witcher, here's how you can catch up right now by streaming it in the UK.

How to watch The Witcher on Netflix

The Witcher is a Netflix exclusive so you will need to use the service to catch up. The entire first season is available now. It’s a Netflix Original so should be available there for the foreseeable future.

If you don’t already have Netflix, you will need an account, a decent broadband connection and a device to view it on. You can use Netflix on any connected device, laptop, tablet, phone, computer or smart TV. Virgin TV and Sky Q also have Netflix apps.

What broadband speed do I need to watch Netflix?

Netflix recommends the following broadband speeds:

  • Minimum speed required: 0.5Mb
  • Recommended speed: 1.5Mb
  • SD quality recommended speed: 3Mb
  • HD quality recommended speed: 5Mb
  • Ultra HD quality recommended speed: 25Mb

Cheap ADSL broadband can be suitable for viewing Netflix up to HD quality (though it may struggle if you try to stream more than one show at a time). For Ultra HD video or multiple HD 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 much will it cost to stream The Witcher?

Netflix is a subscription service and charges a monthly fee to access. There is a 30-day trial available so you can try before you buy but after that, you switch to a rolling monthly contract.

There are currently three subscription tiers available in the UK.

Basic Plan – Standard Definition on a single device for £5.99 per month.
Standard Plan – High Definition on two devices for £8.99 per month.
Premium Plan – High Definition and Ultra High Definition on four devices for £11.99 per month.

Netflix is also available as part of Sky Ultimate On Demand, a premium streaming add-on for Sky TV customers.

About The Witcher

Synopsis

Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

The Witcher cast

  • Freya Allan as Ciri
  • Joey Batey as Jaskier
  • MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries
  • Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia.
  • Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg.
  • Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold

The Witcher reviews and ratings

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66% (Certified Fresh)

IMDB viewer rating: 8.4 / 10

Will I like The Witcher?

The Witcher was taken from a series of fantasy books that were initially turned into computer games before finally appearing on Netflix. It is a fantasy setting with magic, monsters and a medieval feel. It has similarities to Game of Thrones in that it brings fantasy to the mainstream, but is very different in tone, story and atmosphere.

You don’t necessarily have to be a fantasy fan to enjoy The Witcher. The characters are deep and complex and the show deals with many issues we find in the real world while intertwining magic and monsters into the storyline. If nothing else, each episode is interesting in its own right even if you don’t care about the story arc.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Witcher

Can I binge watch The Witcher?

You can binge The Witcher. All episodes are available on Netflix right now. Series two is also expected to be released on Netflix and all at once like the first series.

Can I watch The Witcher for free?

You can legally watch The Witcher for free by using a Netflix free trial. If you don’t currently have a subscription, you can register for free and try it for 30 days at no cost.

Can I get The Witcher on Blu-ray or DVD?

You cannot get The Witcher on Blue-ray or DVD right now as they are streaming only. Some Netflix shows do become available to own but nothing has been confirmed for The Witcher.

Will there be a season 2 of The Witcher?

Yes! There will be a 2nd season of The Witcher. The first series was so well received that Netflix quickly commissioned a second. There are two short story collections - one of which was adapted for season one - and five full novels so there is a lot of material for more seasons after that.

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