Things you need to know before you subscribe to HBO NOW

Things you need to know before you subscribe to HBO NOW


HBO – Home Box Office, the oldest and longest continuously operating (since 1972) cable and satellite network owned by Time Warner featuring motion pictures, original television series, documentaries, sport events coverages, stand-up comedy shows and concert specials. Starting with 2010, the cable giant has been providing streaming services under the HBO GO and HBO NOW labels.

Popular misconception

When people hear the name HBO, they usually think of paid cable service available exclusively to the US subscribers or satellite network TV-bound users. However, since 2010, HBO has been available to Internet-enabled streaming devices. You no longer need a cable service to watch a vast selection of great movies and shows.



Basically, HBO Go and HBO Now are the same thing; however, HBO Now doesn’t require a cable subscription. Obviously, when you do have an active subscription of, e.g., DirecTV or Time Warner Cable, you can watch HBO on your laptop screen or smart TV. For HBO Now, available since 2015, you don’t need a cable subscription – you just download the App, register, pay a monthly fee and there you go. Originally, HBO Now was launched for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or on laptop and desktop computers in a browser. Since then, HBO has added support for HBO Now on Android and Amazon devices.

Devices that support HBO Now are the following:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • FireTV Stick
  • Android TVs
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Xbox 360
  • XBox One
  • Android Smartphones and Tablets
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Fire Tablets
  • Mac and PC

The only major platform that is missing HBO support is the PlayStation 4.

Another difference is that, although the service is pretty much the same, HBO Now is slightly less expensive than HBO Go (with HBO Go DirecTV subscription at approx. $18 and HBO Now at $14 a month). HBO Now also gives you the possibility to share it in your household with multiple members signing into HBO Now on multiple devices and watching multiple videos at the same time.

HBO NOW new shows

Once you pay for the HBO, you can be sure that new episodes of hit shows become available right when they air. This includes big name hits like Game of Thrones and numerous other series.

HBO Now Show List

The HBO Now movie list will change from time to time as the service rotates in new movies to watch. There is an interesting mix of more recent movies and of all-time favorites that are often difficult to find on any other streaming subscription service. Another good news is that although the movies on HBO Now change every month, you will never lose access to the HBO Original Series. The list of shows available on HBO Now can be found here.

How to watch

Just like most of the streaming platforms, access to HBO library is limited by geographical location. Therefore, if you want to have full access to it, you need to set up either a VPN or Smart DNS connection. There are a lot of services that can provide the solution but we recommend Smart DNS Proxy to supply you with everything you need for watching not only HBO but also hundreds of other channels.

Once you set up your VPN or Smart DNS service, you can start your free trial of HBO Now to try the service for 30 days without any commitment. After your trial period is over, you can quit and restart the service as you want without any penalties or difficulties. However, if you decide to stay, for a very moderate price, you will have access to an enormous collection of movies and the entire backlog of HBO shows including hits like The Wire, Oz, Veep and many more. You are also granted access to comedy specials and sporting events.

September in HBO

If you haven’t decided yet, here’s the list of what is new on HBO in September, and what’s going away:

Coming September 1

  • 10
  • 300
  • Arthur
  • Arthur 2: on the Rocks
  • Cafe para llevar (akaCoffee to Go)
  • Children of Men
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Dane Cook’s Tourgasm
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Down and Dirty with Jim Norton
  • Ghost World
  • Gotcha!
  • High Maintenance
  • I Love You, Man
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  • Michael Clayton
  • Rushmore
  • Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • The Forest
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • The Princess Diaries
  • This Boy’s Life

Coming September 2

  • HBO First Look: Deepwater Horizon
  • Codigo paa(aka Peace Code)
  • The English Patient

Coming September 3

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Coming September 10

  • Sisters
  • Stand Up to Cancer

Coming September 12

  • Child 44

Coming September 16

  • Habla y Vota
  • High Maintenance(new season)
  • East Side Sushi

Coming September 17

  • The Revenant

Coming September 18

  • Vice Principalsseason 1 finale

Coming September 19

  • Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attack

Coming September 23

  • Por amor en el caserio (aka For Love in el Caserio)

Coming September 24

  • Steve Jobs

Coming September 25

  • Ballersseason 2 finale
  • Avilaseason 3 finale

Coming September 26

  • HBO First Look: The Birth of a Nation
  • Vice News Tonight

Leaving September 23

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks

Leaving September 30

  • Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
  • Antwone Fisher
  • Breach
  • Cry-Baby
  • Furious 7
  • Kung Pow: Enter the First
  • Magic Mike
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Ouija
  • Raising Arizona
  • Remember the Titans
  • Road House
  • San Andreas
  • Shrek
  • Slither
  • Super Troopers
  • The Birdcage
  • The Book of Life
  • The Invasion
  • The Maze Runner
  • We Are Marshall

Our Top Picks

Our highlights for this Fall include:


The Revenant – Oscar-winning survival and revenge epic picture by Alejandro González Iñárritu starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.


Steve Jobs – a biographical drama of one of the most recognizable figures in the modern world starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet.


This Boy’s Life – a harrowing drama about a young boy, his single mother, and his abusive stepfather starring Leonardo DiCaprio (his springboard to career), Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin.

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