Home Box Office (HBO) is an American premium TV channel. While it is typically sold as an add-on from US cable or satellite providers, it can now be viewed online without one of those services. Great shows on the network now and in the past include Game of Thrones, Oz, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Ballers, Westworld, and many more.
The channel is the oldest and longest continuously running pay television station, beginning in 1972. The network now provides 7 multiplex channels including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, and HBO Family. Today, the channel is known for it’s original programming, recently run movies, and sports.
Here are some of the ways you can enjoy this channel. If you are traveling outside the US, be sure to connect to a VPN to watch.
Using HBO Now to Stream HBO
In 2015, HBO launched a stand alone streaming service called HBO Now. This popular OTT (over the top) offering allows the subscriber the opportunity to watch the great programming online without any other service. If you want to watch a particular program while it’s being aired, you have the ability to purchase or drop your subscription at any time. The cost is $14.99 a month after the 1 month trial.
The service is available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Android, Xbox, PlayStation 3&4, iOS, Windows, Mac, and more. Be sure to check the website if we did not list your favorite device here.
Use Sling TV to watch HBO
Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that offers an easy way to watch the race. This affordable option gives you access to popular pay TV channels, without the need for cable, a satellite subscription, or a contract. If you are a cord cutter or thinking of becoming one, the service is only a fraction of the cost. Of course, prices and number of streams available vary based on the plan you choose. You can add HBO to your Sling TV service for an additional amount. Feel free to try Sling TV free for 7 days to test the service.
The Sling TV service may be watched on your favorite television by using streaming devices like Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and others. Additionally, it is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac. There are other devices supported, so you may want to check their website for the latest list.
Using PlayStation Vue to stream HBO
The PlayStation Vue streaming service (often called PS Vue) is another option you have. It offers the user more than 45 channels for $30 a month without a contract. Those channels include ABC, Bravo, Fox, NBCSN, ESPN, and many more. PS Vue does not only focus on sports, but gives you other popular choices as well. The package that includes HBO is $64.99 a month. It is one of the only services to offer the big 4 US networks. PSVue is offering a 5-day free trial to new users.
It is compatible with PS3, PS4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and others. With this one, you have the option of streaming up to 5 devices at one time, and you can also stream and play video games. Those factors make PS Vue a good option to stream the event.
Use DirecTV Now to watch HBO
DirecTV Now is the stand alone version of the satellite provider, DirecTV. Though some of the streaming services we mention here are focused more on sports, this one has the goal of being a total package. It provides the subscriber more than 60 channels in the starting package for $35 a month with no contract. Those include NBCSN, ESPN, Fox, TNT, and many others. You can add HBO and other channels for an additional amount. It also includes more than 10,000 on demand channels. You can sign up for a 7-day free trial to see if DirecTV Now is right for you.
The service is usable on Chromecast, Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. If you are planning on streaming from your PC or Mac, you will need to use Google Chrome or Safari. You are allowed to use 2 devices at one time, and there is a rewind feature so you can replay up to the last 72 hours of TV.