If you watch HBO through a TV provider, you have access to its streaming service, HBO Go. With it you can stream on your phone, smart TV or gaming device and watch all the shows and movies you love on HBO.
HBO access. Stream popular favorites, series, movies and more — upon release, or from the archives.
Speedy streaming. With the streaming service, you can watch content usually within an hour of the live broadcast.
No caps. There are no caps or limitations on the number of devices you can link to your account.
Need HBO subscription. To stream content through HBO Go, you need an HBO subscription.
Limited content. You’re limited to only HBO content — it doesn’t offer network shows or specials.
What are the features of HBO Go?
Latino options. HBO Go dedicates a section of its programs to Latino viewers.
Exclusive content. Access interviews, and other behind-the-scenes content, exclusive to HBO.
Watchlists. Set up your own watchlists, and customize to add your favorite shows automatically as they release.
Family shows. Choose between a wide variety of kid-appropriate TV shows.
Simultaneous streaming. HBO Go and HBO Now support simultaneous streaming. This means that members of your household can sign on.
Watch later. Download content to watch offline later.
What devices are compatible with HBO Go?
Amazon Fire TV
Samsung Smart TV
How much does HBO Go cost?
HBO Go is free with your HBO subscription. To stream, log in with your HBO TV provider credentials. The cost of HBO varies by provider, generally between $10 and $20.
What can I watch with HBO Go?
Access all HBO content with its app, including series, movies and specials. Some of its most popular content includes:
Crazy Rich Asians
Lego Movie 2
Dead to Me
How much data does HBO GO use?
HBO doesn’t reveal how much data it takes to stream its content, but Redditors claim it comes in about 1GB an hour. You can choose to lower the quality, watch it using Wi-Fi or download it separately as a way to save data.
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Case study: Zak's experience
I was introduced to HBO Go in 2011, through a friend who was trying to get me watching Game of Thrones. It instantly blew my mind — the app, not the show. Until then, the only way I could watch shows after they aired was through an overly complex interface from my cable provider, or by recording it on my DVR.
HBO Go completely changed the way I watched television, and the experience is only improving. Here are some of the important features that I enjoy most about HBO Go:
Shows are added to the app at the same time they air on cable.
You can create a robust watchlist of shows and movies to view later.
HBO Go is available on almost any device, from SmartTVs to tablets to smartphones.
Watch your HBO shows on your favorite screen—phone, tablet, computer, connected TV or gaming device.
While HBO Go has a dense library of premium and original content, you may be looking for network TV shows that HBO Go can’t offer. Compare streaming services or take advantage of a free trial before signing up for another streaming service.
Frequently asked questions
Some TV providers will have you authorize your account on your device periodically.
A majority of the available shows on HBO Go offer closed captioning. Closed captions are available on the website for:
Leah Fallon is an editor with more than 10 years of teaching under her belt. She's written feature pieces for regional print and digital media. When she's not helping people with their finances, you can find her wrangling her two sprightly girls or running the trails of Virginia.
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