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Which Countries is HBO Available In?

July 25th 2017

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 North America

HBO’s homeland! There are lots of ways to watch HBO online here. You could try Sling or DIRECTV NOW if you don’t want to go the cable route. It’s actually the fastest and cheapest way to get the service.  Here’s a quick path to Sling:

Watch Now Free for 7 Days with Sling

And one for DIRECTV NOW for the details:

Try DIRECTV NOW Free for 7 Days

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!


38 comments

  1. Beatriz Rocha /

    There is a terrible mistake in this website: “HBO Latin America covers most, if not all of South America and Central America including Mexico, […]”. Mexico is neither part of South America nor central America. It is part of North America! If Mexico is not part of what is called “North America”, it should be Anglo-Saxon America. Please, learn geography.

    • Dylan Williams /

      Also Northern Ireland is in the UK, Republic of Ireland is not. Wales is in the UK. This person’s geography isn’t great 😂

    • MarcoV /

      It’s been always like this. They have never considered Mexico as North America.

      • That’s because Mexico is Central America. Geography teachers of the world unite.

  2. Irene Søndergaard /

    I have just been informed today by HBO Nordic that there is a HBO España for Spain. Why is it not marked on the map?

  3. OniriumDeliria /

    What happens in the Netherlands? I hear advertising on the radio speaking about HBO series all the time but I only catch the titles and “HBO” now and then, the rest is in dutch and I understand nothing LOL… so, is there a way to watch the series here or not??

  4. DrCarioca /

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

  5. d_v8 /

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

  6. Scrupulous.Geographer /

    Why do you call HBO Central Europe HBO E Europe?

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. stavangerpia /

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

  10. Byung Sung Kim /

    Why not South Korea?

  11. 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.

  12. But not North Korea…

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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 … ;-)

  16. Madie /

    From where can I stream it, Live in Malta?

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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