Update (June 23, 2014):
Good news, Downton Abbey fans! Season 4 is officially available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, reports PC Magazine. The exclusive content licensing agreement Amazon scored with PBS last year means this will be your main outlet for post-TV viewing through at least Season 5. Prime's also the only online source with all four season available. Sorry Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Original story (November 14, 2013):
Heard nothing but rave reviews about Downton Abbey Season 4? Already watched it but want to relive the magic? We’ve got you covered. Season 4 may have just wrapped but already the show’s available online to watch and rewatch (for some parts of the world). Here’s how:
Step 1: Connect to the internet. Oh wait. You’re already here. Good. Proceed to step two.
Step 2: Head on over to itv.com/downtonabbey. This is headquarters for all things Downton Abbey in the UK. You can find photos, quizzes, practically anything you want related to life at the Abbey including all of the Season 4 episodes on their handy ITV Player.
Step 3: One hiccup here for American viewers. If you don’t live in the UK, you won’t be able to watch the show via ITV. Something about it “not being available in your region.” Yeah, it totally sucks so Americans, please proceed to Step 4. UK viewers, skip to Step 5.
Step 4 (sad Americans only): Bummed you won’t be able to watch Season 4 until it premieres on PBS on January 5, 2014? Maybe this will cheer you up: Our spoiler roundup includes links to photos and recaps from every single episode of series four. It’s not the whole show but hey, at least you can see how Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is doing post-Matthew (Dan Stevens). And we promise once there’s a (legal) way to watch Downton in the US, we’ll give you all the deets.
Step 5 (happy UK fans and slightly cheered-up Americans): Congratulations! You’ve completed all five steps of our “where to watch Downton Abbey Season 4” program. Some of you probably already left to commence binge-watching the series while others are crying silent tears while looking for ways to marathon Season 1 through 3.
Wherever you fall on the spectrum, we want to hear what you think of Season 4! Seen it and loved it or not so much? Waiting to watch but have tons of theories to share? Sound off in the comments below. All Downton fans welcomed.
Sources: PC Magazine, ITV