HBO Now Review

8/10

Good

Price 9 out of 10

User Experience 7.5 out of 10

Compatibility 9.2 out of 10

New Shows 10 out of 10

When the cord cutting trend began, it meant living with on-demand options: cable and satellite were still pretty much your only legal paths to live TV. The rise of the skinny bundle has changed that, and has sparked a gold rush in a business space that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

The latest skinny bundle on the scene is HBO Now. How does it measure up? Here’s our complete HBO Now review, including everything you need to know about the channels it offers, the features that set it apart, and the price you’ll pay if you sign up – plus, of course, my advice on whether or not you should!

Overview

If you’re a fan of HBO content, then it’s probably worth looking into HBO Now, the video on demand service operated by the HBO network. Customers can gain access to HBO’s library of original shows, movies and more. It does not require an HBO television subscription, meaning that it targets cord cutters who use services such as Netflix and Hulu. It was launched in 2015 and currently has over five million paying subscribers. The service is available to those living in the US and certain US territories.

HBO Now is compatible with many devices. If you want to use your Smart TV, it’s easy to connect using an Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, Roku stick or Samsung Device. When it comes to video games consoles, this service has compatibility with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you’re wanting to watch on the go, enjoy HBO Now with Android, iPad, iPhone and Fire tablets. Finally, the traditional method on desktop is available by simply navigating to the HBO Now website.

Movies and shows available on HBO Now

TV series

The Wire – Discover the narcotics scene in Baltimore from the perspective of both law enforcers and drug dealers, as well as users, in this drama series. Take a look at the government, schools, news media and bureaucracy too.

Game of Thrones – Watch George R.R.Martin’s bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire play out on the screen as two families engage in a brutal game for control of the Iron Throne, plus the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

The Leftovers – 140 million people disappear, and there is no clue as to where they have gone, or any trace of them left. Three years on, those living in Mapleton, NY, try to live out their lives despite the catastrophic loss.

The Young Pope – A media strategy put in place by the College of Cardinals sees Pius XIII elected as the first American Pope in history. His reign is unusual and contradictory, as he resists Vatican stewards and has no interest in making himself known to his people.

Deadwood – This American Western series aired on HBO between 2004 and 2006, and is set in Deadwood, South Dakota, during the 1870s. It explores life before and after the location’s annexation by the Dakota Territory, examining its development to a town from a camp.

Movies

Inception – Dom Cobb is a thief who has the ability to go into people’s dreams and steal their secrets. He is therefore popular when it comes to corporate espionage, but he’s also lost everything he loves. However, he gets a chance to redeem himself when he is offered the task of planting an idea into a person’s mind.

Crazy Rich Asians – Rachel Chu attends her boyfriend’s best friend’s wedding in Singapore, and discovers that her partner’s family is incredibly wealthy. What’s more, he’s considered to be one of the country’s most eligible bachelors, and Rachel now has to deal with jealous socialites, her boyfriend’s relatives and his disapproving mother.

The Bourne Identity – A man is discovered, almost dead, in the ocean near an Italian fishing boat. Once he has restored his health, it’s clear he remembers nothing about who he is or where he came from. However, he has many unusual talents in areas such as fighting, self-defense and language skills.

Deadpool 2 – Deadpool is a mercenary who encounters an angry teenage mutant called Russell who lives at an orphanage. Russell is targeted by a genetically enhanced soldier from the future called Cable, and Deadpool comes to the realisation he will need to help save Russell with the aid of Bedlam, Domino, Shatterstar and other powerful mutants.

The Hangover – Doug and his three friends travel to Vegas two days before his wedding so they can have a wild stag party. But when the friends wake up the next morning, they realise that they can’t remember anything – and Doug is missing.

Free Trial

$0
for 7 days

Monthly package

$14.99
a month

Price, trials and subscription options

If you’re a new HBO Now customer, you can enjoy 7 days of free streaming before signing up for the monthly package, which costs $14.99. To start your subscription, you need to have a payment method filed with HBO Now in order to allow the billing cycle to begin once the trial period is over. If you want to cancel your subscription and not make any payments, you must do so at least 24 hours before the free trial ends. Once your subscription begins, you will be charged each month until you cancel the service. You can view your billing details at any time, including finding out when your subscription will renew. You may be eligible for a free trial if you use a gift card as a new customer. In this scenario, you would need to renew your subscription with a payment card once your gift card subscription has expired.

Competitors

HBO Now has many competitors out there, with the most notable and well known including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime TV. These services all provide a unique on demand service, with many Americans subscribing to multiple providers in order to gain a diverse range of movies, shows and original content. However, HBO Now will always have a unique selling point in that they provide content not available on other video on demand services, due to their programming following their original schedule. For example, Game of Thrones is most easily found on HBO Now, along with other popular content produced by the network.

Summary

HBO Now is a competitively priced service with a range of content options for customers to enjoy. Whether it’s movies, TV or original content, there is plenty to choose from with a subscription from this provider. The free trial allows you to try out what’s on offer before making a solid decision about committing to the service. Due to this being aimed at cord cutters, you can also cancel the subscription whenever you like. Overall, HBO Now is a good choice for those who enjoy streaming and watching content from this network.

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