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Which Countries is HBO Available In?

December 9th 2016

The entertainment world is becoming more and more so an international affair every day. As previously underdeveloped countries catch up with the “first world” in terms of technology and tastes, media companies such as HBO and Netflix have struggled to expand internationally at a similar pace.

We’re often asked “Is HBO available in the UK?” or “Is HBO Go available in Asia?”  It’s tough to keep track of all of these changes to HBO’s international expansion plan but below we’ve amalgamated all of the information into one place for all of the Game of Thrones, Sopranos and True Detective fans out there across the globe.

Let’s start with a handy map showing where HBO is available (in one form or another) around the world:

Countries-HBO-Available

We’ll update this map and page with additional info as we have it.  Each country has a different process for obtaining HBO’s content.  As we research each country or as news breaks we’ll add it here. Stay tuned.

 

HBO in the UK (England & Scotland)

 

The United Kingdom, including England and Scotland is one of the easiest places outside the US to gain access to HBO programming. While there isn’t an “HBO UK” per say, all HBO content can be viewed through Sky Atlantic. Sky and HBO have made a deal running through 2020 that allows this.  Though there is no HBO Go app available in the UK, Sky Go is something UK citizens should look into.

Though Ireland is often mistakenly thought of as part of the UK, it isn’t!  In the Republic of Ireland some HBO programming has been made available on TG4 (www.tg4.ie). Whereas in the UK all HBO programming can only be found on Sky Atlantic UK

HBO in Latin America (South America, Central America & The Caribbean)

 

HBO Latin America covers most, if not all of South America and Central America including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru and many more.  To sign up check out their official page.  This also covers countries in The Caribbean such as The Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and Puerto Rico.  Also known as HBO OLE, Brasil is another country covered by this iteration of HBO though a Portuguese feed is also available from HBO Brasil.

 

HBO in Asia (India, China, Indonesia, The Philippines & More)

 

HBO Asia covers a massive swatch of the human race including both India and China. But it also includes huge countries such as The Philippines and Indonesia as well as around 20 other countries.  This is a direct company, owned by HBO as opposed to a licensing deal as with the UK’s Sky network. Check out their massive site for more information about signing up in your country.  HBO Go is also available in Asia.

 

HBO in Canada

 

HBO Canada is a weird situation. Thought there is an official HBO Canada it is not owned by Time Warner and includes content from other, rival networks such as Showtime as well. The company is more of a licensing deal with HBO than anything else with the right to use the HBO brand name.  HBO Go is available in Canada through The Movie Network.  You’ll have to check with your cable provider in Canada to get the full details up north.

 

HBO Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Finland)

 

In 2012 HBO launched a service in the Nordic region that included an HBO app like HBO Go that could be subscribed to without a cable subscription. Seen as more of an experiment than anything, this paved the way for eventually doing the same in the United States.  Check out their official site if you live in one of these countries for more details.

HBO programming also airs in Iceland on channels operated by 365 Media. 

HBO in Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania & More)

 

Simply called HBO Europe, this official HBO channel is, indeed owned and operated by HBO.  Covering 15 European countries, HBO Europe is one of the biggest offshoots of the Home Box Office internationally. Their official site should help you get set up if you’re living in Eastern Europe.  Oh, and HBO Go is also available in these countries as well!

 

HBO in Russia

 

HBO inked a deal with Amedia in Russia to bring its content to the people of that nation. Details on how to sign up and what content is available are sparse here in the USA but check out this official looking page if you’re in Russia and interested in getting HBO access.

 

HBO in Italy

 

In 2014 HBO inked a deal with Sky Italia locking down access to the Home Box Office’s most popular content. Sign up for Sky HD in Italy and you should be able to view HBO programming easily.  It’s unclear whether or not HBO programming can be viewed with Sky Go in Italy but watch this page for more.

 

HBO in Australia and New Zealand

Showcase, a company owned by Foxtel, Rupert Murdoch’s company is the only way to get HBO legally in Australia. You can sign up here for those Aussies interested in getting HBO.  Sky Movies is the place to grab HBO in New Zealand.

 

More countries to be researched in the coming weeks or as news breaks.  Stand by!

  • DrCarioca

    I’m in Rio. HBO Brasil did not show Bill Maher last night. Has the show been cancelled here?

  • d_v8

    now that canal + is in pieces, maybe soon in France ? fingers crossed.

  • Scrupulous.Geographer

    Why do you call HBO Central Europe HBO E Europe?

  • I’m in China on business from us and trying to use HBO GO and it’s from T Mobile and I do have the international plan during my 2 month trip. But I’m not able to get HBO GO. No matter how many times I try. It state that it is available here. But can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong? If anyone can advise me of who I could contact to be walked threw the steps (I think I’ve already have done) so that I don’t have to watch comunist tv . I’m so tired of only watching CCTV and MSNBC which I love politics. But really want to watch a movie when it’s raining & 80 degrees F outside with humidity of 70-80%.
    Please let me know whom I can contact with HBO go or anyone that’s has any additional advice or suggestions? Please let me now As soon as possible.
    I’ve been ok for 2+ weeks but have 4 more weeks to go. If everything goes as planned or ill be here longer.
    Thank You Very Much
    I truly look forward to your suggestion and advice.
    Sincerely
    C. P.

  • Cami Canelita

    Hi, if I pay for the online service subscription in the US can I use the service either in Argentina or Colombia. It will stream online?

  • stavangerpia

    Just wan’t to make a correction to your article. Norway is also a part of HBO Nordic.

  • Byung Sung Kim

    Why not South Korea?

    • Jeff

      Ask Ian Jacobs, he seems to know!

  • Alan

    I second this, this is an excellent, well researched article. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write this article, author.

  • But not North Korea…

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  • Congratulation for the great post. Those who come to read your article will find lots of helpful and informative tips.

  • Anthraxious

    I have a question. I signed up for HBO Nordic today and noticed the horrible choices in subtitles (Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. NO english option. WTF?). Now, if I subscribe to “regular” HBO, do I get the same service and with english subtitles? I read somewhere they aren’t planning any english subs cause they don’t own the rights (wtf excuse is that?). How can you NOT own the rights? Who does? Doesn’t HBO own their own subtitles? I’m only assuming regular HBO (in the states or in UK) allowes for english subs.

    I’m thinking of ending my HBO Nordic subscription and just using a proxy to watch the “regular” one. Any thoughts on this?

    • Martin Ksilt

      Well HBO Nordic most likely does not own the rights to english subtitles for HBO Nordic content, simple as that. Its no magic. Its a way to keep away those who can get subscription in their own country (maybe even with less attractive content). Content of HBO Go is very different for each country due copyright restrictions. I get it, it sucks but thats the way the licencing works.

  • a_fan

    What about germany?

    • HBO Kid

      Nein!

      • Smiling SuperArnie

        Maybe you should fix the map accordingly. Check wikipedia to find out which of the countries should stay gray instead of blue. Of course I’d very much like to see Germany up there with the rest of civilized regions. I would pay … ;-)

  • Madie

    From where can I stream it, Live in Malta?

    • Torrents, mate

  • Kendra

    Great article. For those who can access HBO Nordic in their county like me, you can use UnoTelly or similar services to get around the block.

  • Matthew Wolstenholme

    So basically Australia has to pay 75$ pm, yeah no, would happily pay to watch but 75$ pm(like $200 per season ) is way to much, get real HBO/foxtel

  • Doonerbandit

    Here in Australia the only way to get HBO is to give Murdoch money so although technically true I hardly consider it to be an option.

  • I live in Italy and I thought the only way to access your contents was bit torrent…
    I’m really glad I was wrong but I still don’t know the right way…

    • Updated the article. Looks like Sky Italia!










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