Have you ever wondered where one might watch any HBO show or series online for free? Your time has come, HBO fan! Last year, HBO launched a new online program dedicated to making sure their subscribers were able to stream and watch any HBO show live at any time from nearly any online device. An “HBO to Go” service, if you will. It’s called HBO Go. No, you aren’t hearing things. Full TV shows and movies are available to download right to your personal computing device at no additional cost to HBO cable subscribers!
And if that isn’t enough for you we’ve even heard rumors that HBO Go will soon be available on various televisions as built-in or downloadable software. HBO Go goes beyond even what Comcast’s On Demand network offers in terms of full series download availability. You can watch an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm on your iPad on a long plane flight or rewatch Game of Thrones season 1 and all you need is the time to watch and an internet connection. And it’s not just live TV shows, you can even download and watch HBO movies online via the HBO Go network.
Imagine riding on a bus and wanting to watch a full episode of Game of Thrones online. Before HBO Go, you’d most likely have to grab a torrent or get the digital version of the show by some other, less-legal method. Maybe you’re even desperate enough to check your local grocery store’s Redbox. But now, if you’re a current subscriber to HBO you can get those shows on the go absolutely free. Some of the programs even come with special features not available on television. Exclusive interactive features were recently deployed with the new season of Game of Thrones that are only available online. Personally, I end up watching most HBO programming on my home entertainment system but having HBO Go as a supplement for travel is a welcome addition and some people have no choice but to watch HBO shows online due to their busy schedules.
Where to Watch HBO Online
|Platform||Info & Availability||Price|
|HBOGo.com||Streaming via Web Browser||Free with Subscription to HBO|
|Android||Downloadable App Available||Free with Subscription to HBO|
|iOS (iPhone & iPad)||Downloadable App Available||Free with Subscription to HBO|
|Xbox / Xbox One||Download from Xbox Dash||Requires Xbox LIVE (UPDATE) HBO|
|Playstation 4||No Application Yet – On PS3 Now||Free with Subscription to HBO|
|Nintendo Wii U||No Application Yet – TBD||Free with Subscription to HBO|
|Apple TV / AirPlay||HBO Go Now Supported||Requires Apple TV & HBO|
|Chromecast||Now Supported!||$35 & Subscription to HBO|
|Kindle Fire||Downloadable App Available||Kindle & Free with Subscription|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Application Included||TV & Free with HBO Subscription|
|Roku||Channel Available||Roku & Free with HBO Subscription|
|Hulu, Hulu Plus||Very Limited (Boxing, News)||HBO Not Available on Hulu|
|Netflix||Not Available||HBO Not Available on Netflix|
|Amazon Video||Episodes Available for Purchase||Most Episodes: 1.99-3.99|
|Google Play||Episodes Available for Purchase||Most Episodes: 1.99-3.99|
|Amazon Fire TV||HBO Go App Coming Soon||Requires FireTV & HBO|
|Amazon Prime||Older Episodes Available||Requires Amazon Prime|
|DISH Anywhere||Downloadable DISH Anywhere App||Requires DISH Cable & HBO|
|Comcast / Xfinity||Downloadable Xfinity TV Go App||Requires Xfinity Cable & HBO|
|Verizon FIOS||HBO Go Login Available||Requires FIOS & HBO|
|Cox Cable||HBO Go Login Available||Requires Cox & HBO|
*If you know of other ways to view HBO online please leave us a comment below and we’ll add it to our list.
In the future we hope to see HBO offering an online-only version of HBO Go to non-subscribers so that cable-cutters are also able to access these wonderful shows. We’ve been advocating such a change for a while now in our various articles but for now, HBO can’t seem to shake some of the deals the currently have with cable operators. They’re most likely afraid of losing the business they already generate for them– their bread and butter if you will. HBO does sometimes offer premieres of new series online free to even non-subscribers such as they did with Girls and Veep recently. We hope this starts a trend that shows the Time-Warner owned cable company that people want online access to their programming.
Perhaps someday HBO Go will evolve into a product that anyone, anywhere can subscribe to for access to downloads of Game of Thrones, True Blood, True Detective, Girls, The Newsroom, even HBO’s latest: The Leftovers and all of their other hit series. But for now you’ll still have to be a cable subscriber with a subscription to HBO to get free downloads of HBO series. We know that a subscription can cost up to 25 dollars per month but when you think about the access you get to past shows it might just be worth it.
We know there are some live HBO streams out there as well but those are obviously completely unauthorized and are usually low resolution. You don’t want to experience Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire on an unofficial, non-HD streaming site surrounded by crazy ads do you?
One of the more common ways to use HBO Go is through a video game console such as Microsoft’s Xbox, a Sony Playstation. Many are hoping that HBO will release an app for their particular device of choice so that they too can watch HBO online. HBO is trying hard to create apps for the myriad devices out there but they’re just not all available right now. Stay tuned for more news on how you can get HBO streaming online in your home with current and upcoming devices.
HBO Go is the perfect way to watch HBO shows online for free in this brave new digital world. HBO is leading the way with this so-called Netflix-killer app that is taking the world by storm. Head over to HBOGo.com to register your HBO subscription today and start watching all of your favorite movies and series online now!
See? It’s pretty easy to watch Game of Thrones online with HBO Go. All you need is a subscription.
UPDATE: HBO has posted a handy guide that should walk you through some of the process. You can watch HBO online in a jiff with help from this video!
UPDATE 2: Comcast has announced a package where, without signing up for cable you can get HBO Go, High Speed Internet and Access to Streampix for $40. While this isn’t the full streaming online HBO standalone package we’ve all been waiting for it is a step in the right direction. New series like Silicon Valley will, of course be available for all to watch. Hit that link above for more information on how you can watch HBO online without having to sign up for a full, traditional cable plan. In a related update the service is now also available through a similar bundle with Time Warner Cable.
UPDATE 3: HBO programming is now available on Amazon Prime as of May 21, 2014! Read all about it but just know that it’s only older programs (about three years old or so) and not live, current seasons of HBO shows. Just one more way to watch HBO online and you don’t even need cable or an HBO subscription; just Amazon Prime.