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.
Try DIRECTV NOW for Free and Add HBO for $5
This is actually the cheapest way to get HBO online that we know of. You subscribe to DIRECTV’s new service for about $35 which gives you tons of channels (almost all cable channels you could think of) and then for $5 more you can add HBO. Usually it’s about $15. Give it a shot! There’s a 7-Day free trial so it can’t hurt to give it a try.
UPDATE: DIRECTV NOW is offering a $25 per month discount on the service for anyone who has AT&T Unlimited (AT&T is the parent company of DIRECTV. They’re also throwing in HBO for free which is pretty amazing. This is the best deal in town, folks.
Live Stream HBO with Sling
Sling is an alternative to cable that gets you channels like ESPN, AMC and HGTV without a cable subscription just to name a few. 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.
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.
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.
Where to Watch HBO Live Online
|Platform||Info & Availability|
|HBOGo.com||Streaming via Web Browser|
|Android||Downloadable App Available|
|iOS (iPhone & iPad)||Downloadable App Available|
|Xbox / Xbox One||Download from Xbox Dash|
|Playstation 4||On PS3 Now – And PS4!|
|Nintendo Wii U||No Application Yet – TBD|
|Apple TV / AirPlay||HBO Go Now Supported|
|Kindle Fire||Downloadable App Available|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Application Included|
|Roku||Available (HBO Now too!)|
|Hulu, Hulu Plus||Very Limited (Boxing, News)|
|Amazon Video||Episodes Available for Purchase|
|Google Play||Episodes Available for Purchase|
|Amazon Fire TV||HBO Go App Coming Soon|
|Amazon Prime||Older Episodes Available|
|DISH Anywhere||Downloadable DISH Anywhere App|
|Comcast / Xfinity||Downloadable Xfinity TV Go App|
|Verizon FIOS||HBO Go Login Available|
|Cox Cable||HBO Go Login Available|
*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, Westworld, Curb, HBO Docs 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.
Older HBO Shows are Streaming on Amazon Prime
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you’re trying to watch an older HBO show like The Sopranos or Sex and the City stop what you’re doing and head over there now because older HBO shows stream free with a Prime subscription. You get a free month when you sign up so there’s really no excuse not to when you factor in the free shipping on Amazon stuff as well as the large streaming video library. Give it a try.
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.