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 and her sister app, HBO Now. 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!
HBO Go and HBO Now go 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 & Now networks.
Imagine riding on a bus and wanting to watch a full episode of Game of Thrones online. Before HBO Go and HBO Now, 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.
The Difference Between HBO Go & HBO Now
HBO Go and HBO Now are basically two sides of the same coin. Both offer access to all previous seasons of all HBO series. They both offer access to HBO’s library of movies and documentaries. Both are available as apps on your favorite devices. The difference lies in how you subscribe to these services. With HBO Go, you’re getting access to the app via a normal cable subscription. So if you’re a Comcast customer you’ll log into HBO Go with your Comcast credentials. HBO Now is a bit different. You don’t need a cable subscription at all! You can just sign up online and start watching HBO right then and there. Each one has it’s advantages but you’re not missing out by using either one. They’re both essentially the same app and content but with different ways of subscribing to HBO.
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, 2|
|Playstation 4||On PS3 Now – And PS4!||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||Available (HBO Now too!)||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.
It’s been a long road towards getting HBO Now. Watching HBO online for free will probably never be possible but being able to do so without cable is essential to HBO’s future. 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 were 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.
HBO Go has evolved into a product (HBO Now) 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 including Boxing events. 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 and you can always try HBO Now for free!
HBO Go and HBO Now Password Sharing
One possible option for “free HBO” is to simply share a paid password with someone you love. HBO has said that they don’t really mind if passwords are shared but that doesn’t mean they won’t crack down on this some time in the future if it gets out of hand. HBO wants to build addicts and if using your grandparents HBO Go login creates an addict out of you they assume you’ll subscribe to watch more Game of Thrones online some time in the future.
So if you’re down on your luck and need some HBO goodness for free then don’t feel too poorly about yourself if you need to borrow an HBO Go subscription from a family member or friend. Or try the free trial of HBO Now for a while.
Buying HBO Stand-Alone Online
HBO Now has finally arrived! This is the wave of the future of television. Are you on board? HBO Go will probably always remain tied to cable subscriptions while HBO Now will be your way of accessing HBO if you don’t have a cable package. Check it out now if you’re looking for a more stand-alone product from HBO.
Live Stream HBO with Sling
Sling is an alternative to cable that gets you channels like ESPN, AMC and HGTV without a cable subscription. It’s an app that you can use anywhere. HBO is an addon so if you’re Slinging already you can just add that to your package. 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.
Other Ways to Live Stream HBO Content
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, russian-bride ads do you? What about Real Time with Bill Maher, Animals or Vice? You don’t want to taint that experience.
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 Now should come to PS4 and Xbox soon as well.
HBO Go and HBO Now are the perfect way to watch HBO shows like Vinyl 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! Or if you prefer, HBONow.com is the way to go if you don’t have cable.
See? It’s pretty easy to watch Game of Thrones online with HBO Go or Now and a Roku. Take it from Bran Stark: online streaming expert. All you need is a subscription.
What about HBO Now?
HBO Now is the newest member of the HBO digital family. The details are still being hammered out but here’s an FAQ from the official website. We’ll update this page when we know more:
HBO Now FAQ:
What is HBO NOW?
HBO NOW is HBO’s new standalone premium streaming service that provides instant access to every episode of every season of the best of HBO’s award-winning original programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and exclusive comedy specials.
What is the official launch date?
HBO NOW will be available to consumers beginning in April 2015.
What is the pricing for HBO NOW?
The price of an HBO NOW subscription through Apple is $14.99 per month. Prices may vary by participating partners. All you need is a high speed internet connection
How do I get HBO NOW and access content?
You can subscribe to HBO NOW using your iTunes account. Customers can access HBO NOW by going to HBONOW.com, through AppleTV® or by downloading the HBO NOW app in the Apple App Store®.
What devices will HBO NOW be compatible with at launch?
At launch HBO NOW will be available on desktop/laptop computers as well as iOS devices, including iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and Apple TV®. HBO NOW will roll out to additional devices soon.
How does the HBO NOW free trial period work and how long is it?
HBO® will offer a 30 day introductory free-trial period to new customers who sign up through Apple.
What is the difference between HBO GO® and HBO NOW?
HBO GO® is HBO’s authenticated online streaming service, available at no additional cost to HBO subscribers through their participating television provider.
HBO NOW is a new, standalone online streaming service that is available to all customers with a high-speed internet connection. HBO NOW subscription prices may vary by participating partners.
Both services provide instant access to HBO’s award-winning programming and more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies.
Can I get HBO NOW through my TV or broadband provider?
We are in discussions with our existing network of distributors that sell broadband and hope to announce such relationships soon.
Will HBO be launching similar OTT services abroad?
We are exploring international opportunities and will provide updates as available.
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.
UPDATE 4: AT&T is offering a package for watching HBO online without a cable subscription. $39 for high-speed internet, HBO access and Amazon Prime! Looks like the best deal in town right now for cord-cutters.
UPDATE 5: In what is probably the biggest HBO news in the past 5 years the network has decided to make HBO Go available, stand-alone as many of us wanted, to the public sometime in 2015! We’ll continue to keep track of which countries the service is available in. We’ll also keep the list below of app current so you know how to use your shiny new HBO Go subscription. Check out the story for more details.
UPDATE 6: HBO Now is here!