If you’ve arrived here you’re most likely already sold on the idea of signing up for a premium content stream like HBO. Maybe you’re finally ready to join the water cooler conversations with your friends about Game of Thrones, Girls and Boardwalk Empire. Maybe you’re tired of flat, predictable television shows that seem to get stupider every year. Or maybe you just love the idea of watching your favorite shows online, anytime with HBO Go. Whatever your reasons, we’re glad you’re ready to become HBO fans like us and we’re here to walk you through the subscription process which can be achieved a number of different ways.
Subscribe to HBO Online
If you’re already a cable subscriber this might be one of the more convenient ways to start your quest for HBO. Though HBO.com doesn’t allow you to subscribe directly from their site they do provide you with a helpful list of links that will get you where you need to be. As of this writing the page looks like this:
The links take you to your cable provider’s home page or support center to get you where you need to be. Depending on your provider you may be able to call in, use live chat or sometimes you’re even able to sign in and add HBO right away. It’s tough to say how long it will take to actually start watching HBO using this method but if you already have a username and password for your cable company you should be able to access HBO Go as soon as you sign up or shortly thereafter. Ask your service representative to be sure.
A question that often gets asked is whether or not you can subscribe to HBO without a cable provider; a standalone HBO Go service if you will. The answer right now is: no. HBO works closely with cable providers and has not yet decided to offer it’s network outside of a cable provider. This is supremely disappointing to many but we expect HBO to move in the right direction in the coming years and some providers are even offering smaller internet packages for “cord-cutters” that simply include HBO Go.
Subscribe to HBO Now (Without Cable!)
HBO Now is the newest App from HBO. You don’t need a cable subscription, you just need 15 bucks a month (with a free 30 day trial!) and an internet connection. You asked for it and HBO delivered. Check it out here.
Subscribe to HBO by Phone
If you’re the old fashioned type or simply want to speak to a real human being your best bet is going to be this handy-dandy 1-800 number HBO has set up for you. Do you have a paper and a writing utensil ready? Just kidding:
When you call in to subscribe you’ll be asked about HBO, Cinemax or both. Choose an option and they’ll automatically begin the process of connecting you to your cable provider. This is a great option for those looking for a solution that involves speaking with someone and being walked through the process.
Add HBO To Your Sling TV Package
Sling is an alternative to cable that gives you access to channels like AMC, HBO and ESPN. HBO is an addon so it costs the normal amount (15$) but if you want to get off of cable you should check out the a la carte options available with Sling and all the channels they offer (History, Lifetime etc).
You can sign up or explore the service more here. There’s a 7-Day free trial so this might be a nice alternative if you just want to give it a chance.
Contact Your Cable Provider Directly
You certainly don’t have to go through HBO to contact your cable provider and ask about HBO options. Used to calling Comcast a certain way? Give them a call on their normal support line and they’ll get you to the right place. Heading to your local office or mall kiosk in person? Chances are they’ll be able to give you the information you’ll need on pricing, deals and more. Some carriers even allow existing customers to add HBO directly online through their account options.
This is probably the surest, low-tech way to get HBO added to your cable plan but requires the most time and energy from the customer. An HBO subscription is worth it though!
Deals, Cost and FREE HBO
HBO and Cinemax are often bundled together and “thrown in” for new cable subscribers so be sure to ask about those types of deals. It’s also a common occurrence to see HBO subscriptions tossed towards disgruntled or long-time cable users who call in and ask for a price cut on their bill. Be sure to check out all of the latest deals for new subscribers that come and go seasonally but you could also directly ask your cable company of choice what sorts of deals they’ll give you for bundling HBO with your service.
We detailed the average price of an HBO subscription earlier this year so be sure to check that out. On average you should expect to pay anywhere from $15-$22 for HBO but often those prices are reduced for new subscribers and you can often get FREE HBO for a limited time so be sure to factor that into your overall price check.
Do I get HBO Go too?
Good news! For most subscribers an HBO GO login is included with any sign up. Details vary from carrier to carrier but you’ll typically log in with the same username and password that you use to access your cable bill. Ask your provider how it will work exactly for you.
Another option is to check out Amazon Prime which recently announced that a wealth of older HBO content will be available for all Prime members!
With that you’ll be able to watch all HBO shows online anytime, anywhere there’s an internet connection from nearly any device. This alone is worth the price of admission.
However you choose to get there an HBO subscription is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Think of all that vicarious experience and life changing drama you’ll experience from The Sopranos to Game of Thrones to whatever the Home Box Office comes up with next year or the year after that!
We doubt you’ll be left unsatisfied.