Lovefilm has launched its exclusive invasion of the UK by bringing hit US show Vikings to screens.
The critically acclaimed series follows the exploits of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok, scourge of England and France, his followers and foes and stars Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne and Katheryn Winnick.
All nine episodes of the first series are available to watch online now or via the iOS, Android (Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD only) and console (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Wii U) apps. Those after some bloodletting steamy fantasy to salve the absence of Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic might find solace in the sweaty arms of the Vikings.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide on How to get LovefilmThe show’s writer, Michael Hirst, who has written the Academy Award-winning Elizabeth and the Tudors, said: “One of the things about being able to watch a show in this way is that you are inside that world consistently and emotionally and it probably has a larger impact on you. That’s why people binge on shows and can spend a whole weekend watching them. It’s like being transported into a different world, a different environment. And I want people to be transported. That’s why I write historically based material.”
Nabbing Vikings is a real coup for Lovefilm, which has seen chief rival Netflix notch up an impressive array of online exclusives, from the impressive House of Cards to the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development.
Simon Morris, chief marketing officer at Lovefilm, said: “We know that our members are going to be gripped from the opening moments of the first episode to the series finale and we can’t wait to see their response. The airing of Vikings on our service before any other traditional broadcasting platforms reinforces our position as a broadcasting medium of choice for content creators.”
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