Everything you need to know about streaming HBO in Ireland

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Thanks to hit shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld, HBO is widely regarded as the home of premium television.

The oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, Home Box Office (or HBO for short) has been consistently expanding in new markets all around the world since the early 90s. The channel’s programming mainly consists of theatrically released movies and original television series, as well as the occasional concert special, documentary, made-for-TV flick, boxing match or stand-up comedy show.

What makes the channel stand out from the crowd, besides its quality content, is the fact that HBO doesn’t carry traditional commercials. Instead, the network runs promos for upcoming shows/movies as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes made to pique interest in its original programming. As a result, HBO can afford to broadcast more explicit content that wouldn’t normally be allowed to air on broadcast television: think profanity, explicit sex scenes and graphic violence. All the good stuff.

The channel’s original programming earned countless major award nominations, including Emmys and Golden Globes. Despite The Larry Sanders Show being HBO’s flagship series in the 90s, The Sopranos is arguably the show that pushed HBO to the next level, earning both critical acclaim and a huge audience. Ever since, HBO has been known as the home of quality television. And thanks to hit shows like Game of Thrones, the channel is more relevant than ever, even in the current era of peak TV.

How to stream HBO in Ireland

HBO continues to expand its streaming platforms in international markets under different brands – mainly HBO Go, but also HBO Nordic for countries in Northern Europe, for instance.

HBO Europe is one of the biggest offshoots of HBO internationally and covers 15 countries including Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.

HBO Go currently offers more than 800 movies and 200 series in English.

The service is available on a variety of devices – computers, phones and tablets, game consoles, Chromecast, Apple TV, select smart TV models and Amazon Fire TV.

HBO free trial

You can see what all the fuss is about and access HBO Go free of charge for a whole month by registering on the HBO Go website in Ireland. After that period, the monthly subscription will set you back €6.99 per month but you’ll be able to cancel at any time.

Popular HBO content

Game of Thrones in undoubtedly HBO’s biggest current hit. The last season of the series is in production and will premiere in 2019, likely sometime in spring. The epic fantasy drama, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, has a huge fan base all across the globe and manages to remain appointment television in a time where streaming is king and watching on demand is the new black. For the night is dark and full of spoilers.

Besides Game of Thrones, HBO has produced a lot of acclaimed content over the years. Most popular titles include dramas The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Westworld, Big Little Lies and Deadwood. Meanwhile, on the comedy front, we find titles like Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley, Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The list even includes Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the series that reshaped late-night TV and is scheduled to go on at least until 2020.

For 2018, HBO is making up for the fact that viewers won’t get their yearly dose of Game of Thrones with exciting new and returning originals. Here and Now follows a multicultural family as one of the children starts to have weird visions. Barry, slated to premiere this autumn, is a new sitcom centring on a hitman who is contemplating an acting career. Fahrenheit 451, based on the classic novel of the same name, is about a young fireman in a country where books are banned and firemen burn any they see on sight. Starring Michael B. Jordan, the show is expected to also premiere sometime this autumn. Next, Sharp Objects, based on the popular book by Gillian Flynn, will arrive this winter. It stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina.

As for returning favourites, 2018 will bring HBO fans new seasons of Silicon Valley, Westworld and Insecure. Hit shows True Detective, Veep and Big Little Lies will continue, with new seasons likely to hit the air in 2019.

On top of all that lot, you’ll also gain access to HBO Europe’s original local programming, including series such as Wataha and The Pact from Ireland, Burning Bush and Wasteland from the Czech Republic, Golden Life from Hungary and Umbre from Romania.

Frequently asked questions

Will HBO Go stream in 4K?

HBO Go doesn’t support 4K resolution at the moment. However, content is available in HD.

Can I stream HBO Go content with Chromecast?

Yes. HBO Go works with Chromecast.

Can HBO Go be used on multiple devices?

Yes, you can use HBO Go on multiple devices at the same time. The service supports simultaneous streams but doesn’t specify the limit; if you exceed it you may receive an error message.

Where is HBO Go available?

HBO has streaming platforms all around the world, generally under the brand HBO Go. The service is available in Europe, Latin America and Asia. HBO Now is the US-only standalone streaming service carrying HBO content.

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