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Everything you need to know about streaming HBO in Singapore
Stream HBO's award-winning TV shows with StarHub Go.
Thanks to hit shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld, HBO is widely regarded as the home of premium television. And fortunately, HBO is available for subscription through Starhub’s streaming service StarHub Go, so that Singaporean fans can still binge all the HBO content to their heart’s content.
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 feature traditional commercials. Instead, the network runs promos for upcoming shows and 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. Since then, 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.
|Package||Monthly price||Channels included|
|Drama||$20/month||showcase, BBC First, 13 Street, FX (available until 28 February), Binge, Boxsets|
HBO also offers two streaming services in the US. HBO GO is free with a subscription through participating TV providers, while HBO Now is a standalone streaming service carrying HBO content. Those aren’t available in Australia either. However, Foxtel does offer its own streaming platform, Foxtel Now, which gives users access to HBO content through the Pop and Drama packs.
|Package||Monthly price||Channels included|
|Drama||$15/month||showcase, BBC First, Universal Channel, BBC UKTV, TV H!TS|
|Pop||$15/month||showcase, FOX8, FX (available until 28 February), The Comedy Channel, MTV, 111Funny, Arena|
Subscribers can get both channels for $25/month, with a $5 discount.
How does Starhub GO HBO compare?
How to stream HBO in Singapore
HBO Now, HBO’s streaming service, gives users access to the channel’s entire library of content. That means unlimited access to every episode of the network’s original series, plus hit movies, sports, documentaries and comedy specials. This service launched back in 2015 in the US.
HBO continues to expand its streaming platforms into international markets under different brands – mainly HBO GO, but also HBO Nordic for countries in Northern Europe. In Singapore, only HBO GO is available for subscription at $19.90 a month from StarHub’s online streaming service StarHub Go. HBO GO comes with no contracts, so you can cancel your subscription at any time. The platform is available on computers, smartphones and tablets, Chromecast or Airplay. If you’ve already subscribed to the HBO PAK, Box Office Pack, Supreme Box Office Pack and Movies d’Lite Pack, you can also access HBO GO with a Value-Added Service subscription at $5.35/month for 12 months.
The most attractive feature is that StarHub Mobile postpaid customers can also stream with the StarHub Go App with no data charges. Simply set your mobile data access point (APN) to “shwap” and you’ll be able to stream on-the-go without worrying about racking up data charges.
Popular HBO content
Game of Thrones in undoubtedly HBO’s biggest current hit. The last season of the series is currently 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 novel series has a huge fan base all across the globe and manages to remain appointment television (episodes are only released weekly) 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. Popular titles include dramas The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Westworld and Big Little Lies. Meanwhile, on the comedy front, titles like Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley, Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm have all had major success. Most of HBO’s shows are available to stream on the StarHub Go app.
In 2018, HBO has been making up for the fact that viewers didn’t get their yearly dose of Game of Thrones with exciting new and returning originals. Here and Now, which premiered in February, follows a multicultural family as one of the children starts to have weird visions. Barry 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. And finally, Sharp Objects, based on the popular book by Gillian Flynn, stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina.
As for returning favourites, 2018 has brought HBO fans new seasons of Silicon Valley, Westworld and Insecure. Hit shows True Detective, Veep and Big Little Lies will also continue, with new seasons likely to hit the air in 2019.
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