HBO Now: 7 Things to Know Before You Subscribe
You get HBO without cable thanks to the HBO Now service that is available on tons of devices. You don’t need any type of cable subscription to use this service and you get access to HBO series, recently released movies and a lot of additional content including boxing and more. You may be signing back up for Game of Thrones Season 8, or trying out HBO Now for the first time.
You can sign up for a free trial of HBO Now to test the service out for 30 days without any commitment. We’ll walk through what you need to know about the free trial and about subscribing to HBO Now. Plus a deala to help you save 20% on HBO Now — even if you already used your trial.
The HBO Now is a great option for watching Game of Thrones, Westworld and Silicon Valley, but that’s not all this service is good for. HBO Now also includes a variety of movies and the entire backlog of HBO shows including hits like The Wire, Oz, Veep and much more. You also get access to movies, comedy specials and sporting events.
Before you sign up for HBO Now, there are a few things you’ll want to know about the service. Instead of reading a lengthy FAQ, here are the most important things about the service.
If you pay for HBO, you know that one of the benefits is watching the new episodes of hit shows right when they air. This includes big name hits like Westworld and other series as well as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Can you watch Game of Thrones episodes live on HBO Now? The good news is that Yes, in most cases you can watch almost as soon as the live show starts airing. Here’s what HBO says on the issue,
“Yes. New episodes of original programming and theatrical films will become available on HBO NOW at the same time that they premiere on HBO. Live programming and some other programs have a delay onHBO NOW just like on HBO GO, but are added as quickly as possible, usually within hours of broadcast.”
While you may need to wait a few minutes for a new Game of Thrones episode to appear on HBO Now, you should be able to start watching on Sunday about the same time as everyone with HBO on their TV.
HBO Now is $15 a month after the free trial. HBO Now bills automatically for $14.99 each month until you cancel. You can quit and restart the service as you want without any penalties or hassles. It should be much easier than calling a cable company to drop HBO.
Anyone can get a free HBO Now trial, but you can only get this one time. You may be able to get a second chance if your significant other has a billing address somewhere else, but that’s a stretch.
You can save 20% on HBO Now subscription cards at Best Buy with HBO Now gift cards. You can buy a $25 HBO Now gift card for $20 right now or a $30 HBO Now gift card for $24. You can buy up to three of each gift card. If you max this out you can get 11 months of HBO Now for 20% off.
The appeal of HBO Now isn’t just the upcoming content, but the huge backlog of great series and a wide array of movies. The movies on HBO Now change each month, but you will never lose access to the HBO Original Series.
This is where a lot of value comes in. If you pay $15 a month just to watch Game of Thrones HBO Now is expensive, but you can also watch True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, Veep, Band of Brothers and many other great HBO original series. Here’s a look at the HBO Original Series that you will have access to.
The HBO Now movie list will change sporadically as the service rotates in new movies to watch. There is a good mix of newer movies and of favorites that are often hard to find on a streaming subscription service.
Essentially HBO Go and HBO Now are the same thing, but HBO Now doesn’t require a cable subscription. In some cases HBO Now is cheaper than HBO Go. DirecTV charges $17.99 for HBO which includes HBO Go, but HBO Now is just $15 a month and it delivers the same features.
If you ask for a discount from DirecTV or Time Warner Cable you might be able to get a deal on HBO, and in turn, HBO Go, but you will not find many HBo Now deals.
The biggest difference is that you can use HBO Now without a cable subscription. HBO Now originally launched on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or on laptop and desktop computers in a browser. Since this time HBO has added support for HBO Now on Android and HBO Now on Amazon devices.
If you are an AT&T Unlimited Plus subscriber, you can HBO free on DirecTV or DirecTV Now instead of paying for HBO Now.
A common complaint about streaming services is that you can’t share the access with your family, but HBO understands or accepts that not everyone will want to watch the same thing on HBO at the same time. Here’s what they have to say about sharing HBO Now access with your family and watching different shows or movies at the same time on HBO Now.
“Members of your household can sign in to HBO NOW on multiple devices at the same time and watch videos concurrently, but the number of videos you can stream at any given time is limited for security reasons.”
It’s not clear what the limit is, but HBO Go is not very strict with usage.
When is the HBO Now Android release? If you missed out on the news last year, you can now buy HBO Now on Android devices without a cable subscription. HBO added several options for Android and for Amazon Fire devices as well. Here are all the places you can watch HBO Now.
After a very long wait, we finally have support for HBO Now PS4 and PS3 streaming.
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HBO Now: 7 Things to Know Before You Subscribe is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.