HBO Now Review

Now that you know a little bit about HBO Now, you might be considering signing up for an account. Before you do, though, you might want to take a look at the pros and cons of HBO Now. We'll lay them out for you here so you can determine if it’s the streaming service you’re looking for or not.

Pros

  • One-month free trial – You can try HBO Now out for free for a month, using the full version of the service as if you were paying for it. You can also cancel your subscription at any time – no strings attached.
     
  • Watch your shows anywhere, anytime – You can set up HBO Now on as many devices as you want, and you can stream simultaneously. This means one subscription is good for your whole family! It also means you can take HBO Now with you virtually anywhere.
     
  • Get access to exclusive content – HBO shows and movies have always been very exclusive, and until now, you could only get them with a TV subscription to HBO through your provider. HBO Now is the only place you can get access to programs like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and The Wire without a TV subscription.

Cons

  • A comparably small amount of content – Because the highlight of HBO Now is HBO-exclusive programming, this is the majority of what you can stream on HBO Now. Though it has additional non-HBO content like hit movies and shows, it is a small amount compared to the vast libraries of Netflix or Hulu.
     
  • The cost – Though $14.99/month is a manageable amount if you’re not paying for other TV services, it’s quite steep compared to other streaming services. Services like Netflix and Hulu cost only $7.99/month, which is almost half the price. However, TV subscriptions to HBO can be as pricey as $17.99/month on top of your regular TV service.
  • Ohhh, the data prices – If you don’t have unlimited Internet at home, or unlimited data on your devices, you could be looking at a significant bill for your Internet and data usage at the end of the month. Streaming shows and movies through HBO Now is an activity that uses more Internet and data then almost any other online activity, so make sure you monitor this carefully if you sign up. Also, factor in the added cost of potentially needing to upgrade your Internet service. For more information about this, visit our tutorial on HBO Now data usage.
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  • Only in America – Even though HBO is available through TV subscriptions in some other countries, due to licensing restrictions, HBO Now only works in the United States. This means that you need to have a valid American ZIP Code, as well as be physically located in the US while you are watching. If you have a valid subscription and want to watch HBO Now while you are on vacation in France, it will not work.

Is HBO Now Worth It?

HBO Now is worth it if you like HBO programs, and don’t already spend a lot of money on TV subscriptions or other streaming services. This is the only place you can get access to HBO content without a TV subscription, but the $14.99/month price is a little steep. If you love HBO more than regular tv, you should definitely consider HBO Now.

The bottom line: 7.5/10

HBO Now is definitely targeted at a specific audience – those of us who love the stellar shows and movies that HBO continues to produce. Some of the best shows on television are at your fingertips, unlimited, for one monthly price. You can set up your whole house to use HBO Now with only one subscription, and enjoy as much HBO as you can watch, while occasionally checking out other programs.

However, if you’re looking for a more standard or low-priced streaming service where you have access to other kinds of shows and movies, HBO Now isn’t the best choice. $14.99/month is quite expensive compared to other streaming services – but HBO has to pay for the budgets on those amazing shows!

 

To determine if you should get HBO Now, you have to decide how many HBO shows and movies you can watch. HBO produces some of the best shows on television, and this content isn’t available through any service other than a paid TV subscription to HBO. If you love HBO shows more than anything on your regular tv package, and have an extra $14.99 every month, you should definitely sign up for HBO Now. Check out the next tutorial in this course to learn how!


HBO Now Data Usage

Now you know that HBO Now costs $14.99/month, but there are some additional costs involving data usage that you may need to consider.  Even your one-month free trial might not end up being free when you factor in these costs!  In this tutorial, we'll explain how much data HBO Now uses, and teach you how to prevent your internet bill from becoming unaffordable just so you can watch your favorite shows!

How Much Data Does HBO Now Use?

HBO Now uses approximately 1 GB of data per hour streamed. HBO Now does not mention this on their website, but this is the general approximation for all streaming services. However, you can guarantee that if you sign up for this new service, you will be using far more data than you were before.

How to Limit Your HBO Now Cellular Data Usage

There is currently no way to limit playback quality for HBO Now in your web browser.  So when watching HBO Now at home on your computer, you will have to accept the amount of Internet data that HBO Now will use to download and stream your shows and movies. However, if you are using a mobile device to watch HBO Now, there are some things that you can do to try to save yourself a huge data bill.

1. Use WiFi Only

To prevent your device from using data so that you only stream HBO Now with a Wi-Fi connection, you can change your settings in the HBO Now app. Click the menu, select Settings, and then select Video Playback. From there, click the first blue toggle to enable the Wi-Fi only setting. Now your device will never use data to stream. You can change this back at any time, through the same process.

2. Cellular Playback Warning

Your second option through HBO Now is to enable the Cellular Playback Warning, which will warn you that streaming HBO Now with a data connection uses a large amount.  Hopefully, this will make you think twice about whether or not you really need to watch that HBO show on your phone right now. Using the same path as before, click menu, Settings, and Video Playback. This time, however, click the second blue toggle to enable the Cellular Playback Warning. You will now be warned about your data usage.

Click the blue toggles to enable Wi-Fi only use of HBO Now or the Cellular Playback Warning

3. Keep track of what you use!

Be proactive about monitoring your data usage. Make sure that, before you sign up for HBO Now, you are aware of how much data you use.  Also, make a note of how many shows and movies you watch using HBO Now, using the 1 GB-per-hour rule.  Remember that this may not be exact, as all shows stream at slightly different rates.

You can also use your mobile device to check how much data you have used, and how much you have left in your billing period. Depending on your provider, this may differ, but this can generally be found in your phone’s Settings, under Data or Data Usage. Note that these data trackers usually begin tracking on the day that you activate your mobile phone, so they are not necessarily in line with your billing period.

 

One of the most common mistakes made when a user signs up for a streaming service is that they do not proactively research how much data they are currently using. As a result, they go way over their allotted amount for the month.

If you don’t have unlimited Internet or data, you should check with your Internet service provider to see if you may need to upgrade your plan, or what the costs will be if you go over your monthly data limit. Many providers now allow you to monitor your data usage, and will send you a warning when you get close to going over your monthly limit.

If you think you have the data under control, check out our next tutorial: a review of HBO Now to determine if this streaming service will meet your needs.


How Much Does HBO Now Cost?

Now that you know what HBO Now is, you might be considering using this service to stream HBO content whenever you like. HBO has always had great shows that you just can’t get enough of, but to pay for a subscription to HBO along with your current TV subscription is sometimes costly (depending on your service provider). However, HBO Now allows you virtually unlimited access to your favourite HBO programs whenever and wherever you want, without a TV subscription. Read below to find out exactly how much HBO Now is going to set you back.

So, How Much is HBO Now?

HBO Now costs $14.99 per month, plus taxes, for a subscription. With this, you get unlimited access to all HBO content, and can set your account up on as many devices as you wish.  Stream HBO content on multiple devices simultaneously, or from HBONow.com. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

If you already have a subscription to HBO through your TV service provider, you get access to HBO Go for free! Just visit HBONow.com and click Sign In in the top right corner. From here, sign in using the username and password your TV provider has given you (or contact them to find out what it is). Then choose an HBO Go ID, enter your email and ZIP code, and you’re ready to start streaming for free!

The HBO Now one month free trial

HBO Now offers a one-month free trial to any new user who registers. All you need to do is register on a compatible device and set up your account; visit our tutorial on how to sign up for HBO Now to learn how to do this. From there, you set up an account as if you were creating a subscription, and you will get one month of access to the full service of HBO Now for free.

To do this, you will need to enter your credit card information, or log in to your Paypal account. However, you will not be charged for the service until your free month ends. You can also cancel the service at any time, so if you want to use HBO Now to binge-watch all of your favourite shows for a month straight, this is perfectly acceptable – binge away for free!

 

Though this explains HBO Now pricing and the benefits of the free trial, there are some additional costs you should consider before you begin using HBO Now.  In particular, HBO Now may cost you a fortune in data usage.  For more information, check out our next tutorial on HBO Now data usage.


What is HBO Now and How Does It Work?

Nowadays there are so many online streaming services to choose from.  Many people don’t even pay for standard TV anymore because they prefer the ability to watch unlimited shows and movies for one low monthly price. However, these services are often limited in what they have permission to give their viewers access to, often determined by where the viewer is located.

For example, streaming services like Netflix or Hulu have gained millions of users in the past few years. However, none of them have gained permission to stream some of our favourite shows and movies that are only on HBO! This is a problem that HBO Now solves.

What is HBO Now?

HBO Now is an online streaming service in the US for movies and shows that HBO has created or gained access to. Create an account with a compatible device and stream your favourite HBO content anytime, anyplace – even in a web browser. HBO Now allows you unlimited access to HBO programs without a TV service provider.

HBO Now vs HBO Go

HBO Now is different from HBO Go because you do not need a TV service provider to use it. HBO Go and HBO Now allow users the same unlimited access to HBO and other hit programs, and can be used on virtually the same devices and platforms. HBO Now costs $14.99/month while HBO GO is free with your paid TV subscription.

How HBO Now works: 4 things you get with your HBO Now subscription

1. Easy sign up and a free trial

Signing up is fast and simple, and gives you immediate access to your favorite programs. Simply enter some basic information, set up a credit card or sign in to a Paypal account, and you’re good to go. Don’t forget that the service is only offered in the United States, so you must be a resident there, and must be physically located there to stream from HBO Now.

HBO Now also offers every user a one-month free trial, which entitles you to the full service as if you were paying for it! You can cancel your subscription at any time, including right before you must start paying for it if you just want to binge-watch its shows for a month.

2. Unlimited Access for $14.99/month

Your HBO Now subscription gets you unlimited access to HBO programming for the low cost of $14.99/month. And by unlimited – they really mean unlimited. With over ten different services with dozens of compatible devices, you can use your HBO Now account on as many devices as you have! You can even stream on multiple devices simultaneously!

3. HBO shows and movies you can’t get anywhere else

Aside from having a subscription to HBO through your TV service provider, there used to be no other way you can get access to HBO shows and movies. HBO has always been very exclusive because their programs are that good. If you can’t stop watching HBO, but don’t want to pay the pricey fee for it through your TV service provider, then HBO Now is the solution.

However, if you have already paid for an HBO subscription, you get the same services for free through HBO Go! Just sign up at HBONow.com, and use your TV service provider login to register. That way, you can get all your favorite HBO shows on the go, or on multiple devices in your house. No more falling asleep on the couch because you can’t stop watching HBO – take it right to bed with you on your tablet or mobile phone!

4. Access to non-HBO content

HBO Now has access to a lot of other content as well.  So when you want to take a break from HBO, you know there are plenty of other shows and movies that you can choose from. There’s even a large selection of shows and movies for kids, so HBO Now can be great for the whole family! You can also easily enable the parental controls for your account to make sure that your children don’t stream Game of Thrones instead of Sesame Street

 

So why use HBO Now?  You get unlimited access to your favorite HBO shows and movies, anywhere and anytime you want.  Also, other than with a TV subscription, you can’t get this content anywhere else.  If you just can’t stop watching HBO, this streaming service may be right for you.

Check out our full HBO Now Course, where we’ll be covering how to sign up for HBO Now, how much it can cost you, and how to use it on your computer or on your compatible device.