Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on Sunday, July 16, 2017. So I thought it was time to go over the numerous ways HBO is available to you without a cable TV subscription. Just last year cord cutters were devoid of ways to watch HBO. Now there are nearly as many outlets for HBO without cable as there are dead Starks.
HBO’s streaming service is top notch. Aside from Game of Thrones, HBO’s biggest hit ever, you receive all the original content offered by HBO. Hit shows like Silicon Valley, Veep, Girls, The Leftovers and more are all at your fingertips. Furthermore, it’s not just the current seasons that are available, but the entire HBO originals archive.
Missed out on the wire? You can binge watch it. Didn’t catch the last episode of Sopranos?
Okay, I was really tempted to just end the post there. If you don’t know why that’s funny then you really need to watch the last episode of Sopranos.
Think of all the Original Series HBO has produced over the years. These HBO streaming services provide access to nearly all of it on demand. Furthermore, you have on-demand access to a movie catalog that rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime.
So let’s get into all the ways you can watch HBO
How to Watch HBO without Cable
HBO on Sling TV
Sling TV provides HBO over the internet as an add-on to their Internet TV bundle for only $15 a month. Sling works with Roku, Fire TV, Android devices, iOS devices, and more.
The $15 add-on package will add HBO to an already channel packed base service which included AMC, A&E, History, and numerous other networks previously only available through a cable or satellite TV subscription. It simulates the cable TV experience at a fraction of the price.
All shows on Sling allows for live access so you will be able to watch shows on HBO the night they air. (For more information on the Sling TV service check out my Sling TV review).
Sling TV is offering some great introductory offers right now as well. You can get a free ROKU Express. when signing up for 2 months of service. Aside from those offers, there is no contract so you can cancel anytime.
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HBO on DirecTV NOW
Like Sling TV, AT&T’s DirectTV Now service provides subscribers with popular pay-TV networks over the internet. This will allow you to watch the Game of Thrones Online, along with many other HBO shows.
While DirecTV NOW’s entry level package is a $35 per month, it allows you to add HBO for just $5 more per month. The service is available on iOS, Roku, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and most modern web browsers.
DIRECTV NOW currently offers a 7-day free trial.
HBO on Hulu TV
As I wrote in my Hulu TV review, Hulu now offers live channels. However, they also just recently added HBO for $14.99 per month. Furthermore, HBO is available to all customers whether they are subscribed to the Live TV service or just Hulu’s on-demand library.
You can sign up for a 1-month free trial and test out their service.
HBO Now has been available since April of 2015. It’s essentially HBOs streaming service HBO Go without a cable TV subscription. It provides access to everything HBO has to offer on demand, and current seasons of shows are available the minute they air. That means you can watch Game of Thrones when everyone else in the world does and not have to wait until the next day.
HBO Now is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS devices, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Android devices. Below are instructions for signing up for the series on each device. HBO Now provides a 1 Month free trial regardless of the device you own. After the first month, the price is $14.99 per month and you can cancel any time since you are not locked into a contract.
HBO Now on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone
HBO Now is already loaded on Apple TV. Simply fire up the app and follow the onscreen instructions. If you are using your iPhone or iPad, simply download HBO Now from the iTunes store.
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Signing up was a breeze. Simply click the “download on the app store” button above to install HBO Now to your iPhone, iPad, or Ipod Touch. You may have to log in to your iTunes account to continue. Once the app is downloaded, fill out the form pictured below and you are ready to enjoy everything available to traditional HBO subscribers.
HBO Now app requires iOS 7 or later and is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. HBO Now can be viewed on your television through either the Apple TV HBO Now app or by simply using airplay to cast HBO Now to your Apple TV from an iOS device.
HBO Now on Chromecast and Android
HBO Now has updated their app to support Chromecast on Android and iOS devices. To sign up, simply download HBO now from Google Play store to your Android device (or iTunes using the link above for your iPad or iPhone). You can then cast HBO from your phone to your TV via Chromecast.
Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Kindle Fire tablet
Download the HBO NOW app from the Amazon Appstore for Android. Then start the app and follow the onscreen instructions. Once you’ve downloaded the app to one Amazon device, you can download HBO NOW to the rest of your Amazon devices by navigating to Settings and selecting Sync Content on the devices you want to use.
HBO Now on Roku
Navigate to the Channel Store on your Roku player. You can search the channel store for HBO NOW. Once you locate the channel, select “Add Channel” and confirm the selection when prompted. If you have setup a PIN, you will be prompted to enter the PIN number. Press the Home button, HBO NOW should now be one your home screen. Start the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
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