HBO Now review 2021: Product, price and features
An on-demand streaming hub filled with originals and popular movies to watch wherever.
Slightly different from HBO Go, HBO Now is a direct line into the heart of HBO that doesn’t require a cable subscription. With it, enjoy access to hundreds of titles — including the popular Game of Thrones and Euphoria — and features that personalize streaming.
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Pros and Cons
- Free trial. Test the waters with a free 7-day trial.
- Ad free. Commercials are nonexistent.
- Casting. Use Chromecast or HDMI to watch content on a larger screen.
- Only in the US. Streaming HBO Now only works in the US and some territories.
- Previews. Users complain of long promotional previews before new episodes.
What features does HBO Now offer?
In addition to the hours of HBO content you’ll have access to, HBO Now offers a few other features. Each feature has the potential to enhance your viewing experience.
Use HBO’s browse filter to find content from Europe, Latin America and Asia. Some shows are available in Spanish when you choose the Latino subcategory.
Your HBO Now account will show you a list of devices your account has been accessed from. You can use this security feature to remotely log out of devices you don’t recognize.
Turn on and modify parental controls by choosing which TV and movie ratings are okay to watch. Ratings include PG, G and R for movies and TV-Y, TV-PG and TV-14 for TV shows. Note that those restrictions apply to everyone on the account — not just the kids.
Browse through TV shows and movies and save them to your profile.
Add it to Hulu
If you have a Hulu account, you can add HBO to your base plan. Watch HBO content from either your Hulu account or the HBO Now app.
What devices is HBO Now compatible with?
This service is compatible with a slew of mobile, streaming and gaming devices that you can interchange and simultaneously stream content with.
- Smart TV devices:
- Samsung TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Desktop Devices:
- Mac OS
- Mobile Devices:
- iOS (iPhones and iPads)
- Android (phones and tablets)
- Amazon Fire tablet
- Other Devices:
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
How much does HBO Now cost?HBO Now offers one flat monthly fee at $14.99.
Free trialHBO Now comes with a 7-day free trial. You can cancel any time and still get your full 7 days of access. But cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged for a subscription.
What can I watch with HBO Now?
Rom-coms, foreign films, sports documentaries — access all of the HBO programming in one streaming library. Some popular titles include:
- The Undoing
- High Maintenance
- The Outsider
- Who Killed Garrett Phillips?
- Sesame Street
- Ramy Youssef: Feelings
- Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’
- The Shop: Uninterrupted
What Internet speeds does HBO Now recommend?
To stream the HD content provided on HBO Now, you need an Internet speed of at least 5Mbps.
How much data does HBO Now use?HBO Now requires at least a 3G connection if you plan on using your cell data, but it doesn’t specify how much data each video uses. It offers ways to cap your data usage — Wi-Fi Only that plays only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, and Cellular Playback Warning that sends a message when streaming uses data.
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Frequently asked questions
Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.
If you don’t have cable and want a way to stream popular HBO originals like Game of Thrones and The Outsider, subscribing to a service like HBO Now might be a good fit. It’s filled with content created by HBO, as well as recent blockbuster movies — though most are also available on other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
It’s not a replacement for live TV, but makes a good on-demand service for those nights when you feel like spending an entire night binge-watching movies or a TV series.