I remember when HBO was launched. At the time, it was an exciting new way to watch movies at home without going to the theater. In today’s world of $10 movie tickets and Netflix, HBO has had to evolve. And evolve it did. Today, the network is home to some of the most celebrated original programming of our lifetimes. It is impossible to name all of the original series, past and current, in the HBO live stream that impact everyone today.
- Game of Thrones
- The Sopranos
Some of these shows are now in the annals of history, but they remain excellent examples of their genres.
Is it possible to watch HBO without cable when the network is so intrinsically tied to the medium? Here are several ways to make it happen.
Watch the HBO Live Stream on Sling TV
Sling TV has been the real shining star in streaming video. The service is owned by Dish Network and has made streaming live TV available for anyone with a high speed internet connection for a low monthly fee.
You can stream HBO live on Sling TV. This means you can watch seamlessly just like you would have with a traditional cable or satellite subscription and not miss a single minute of your favorite HBO movies and series.
The basic Sling TV package is just $20 per month and includes a great lineup of hard to find pay TV networks, like AMC or BBC America. You can add HBO streaming to your service for only $15 per month. This will allow you watch all of HBO’s current hits, like Game of Thrones or Last Week Tonight, the night they air, live streaming.
To watch the HBO live stream, all you need is your computer or smart phone or a streaming player like Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV. Sling TV also often has promotions on Roku or Apple TV devices, you can get discounts or free players when you sign up for a specific subscription. Check out their website for more information.
Another Way to Watch HBO Live: With New DIRECTV NOW
Did you think you needed a dish or a cable subscription for DIRECTV? Well, think again. AT&T’s latest product, DIRECTV NOW is a streaming service that will allow you to get an HBO live stream with just an internet connection.
Here are some of the service’s best current features to be aware of:
- A subscription to DIRECTV NOW will get your over 60 channels, plus some on-demand, for just $35/month. No contract, no extra fees.
- You can watch DIRECTV NOW from your streaming device (Amazon Fire, Apple TV) at home, or on the go anywhere from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
- There are no mobile restrictions. Best of all? If AT&T is your service provider, using the mobile app won’t count as data usage.
- The grid guide is familiar and easy to learn. You’ll feel right at home if you are still making the transition from traditional cable.
- You’ll be notified of promotions, such as a discount off of a new Apple TV or Amazon Fire player in exchange for a few months of the service prepaid (this is optional, and you still won’t be contracted in).
DIRECTV NOW (review) will most likely be updating and adding new features in the near future, so we will keep you informed of any new developments.
If you’d like a free trial to see how this service works for you, you’ll find that here.
Watch HBO Streaming Live on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is your other live streaming option. This product is from Sony and is Sling TV’s most direct competition in the market. They also offer HBO for just $15 extra a month, but their basic package is more expensive overall. It starts at $30 to $40 per month depending on your location.
It also works with fewer players and has more restrictions. For example, your service is tied to your home location so you won’t be able to stream HBO on the go even with the mobile apps.
To learn more about PlayStation Vue and the HBO live stream, click here.
Stream HBO Original Series On Demand
If you’re looking for some of the classic HBO streaming series, you may do well to invest in Amazon Prime. This service is the only one to offer the complete library of HBO series. It is part of the free video streaming benefit with Prime, which also gives customers free 2-day shipping on tons of items from the website. You also get a huge library of streaming music and other movies and shows for free.
You can stream HBO series like Deadwood, Rome, and The Sopranos over and over again.
Amazon Prime is $99 per year or you can subscribe monthly, though the value is in the annual subscription. If you do a lot of shopping online, the free shipping will pay for the service in no time.
Watch HBO Without Cable with HBO NOW
Of course, we couldn’t talk about how to watch HBO online without giving fans information about HBO NOW. When HBO originally launched HBO GO for their cable customers, fans who wanted to cut the cord were outraged. They, too, wanted to be able to watch HBO streaming legally online. The network did listen and eventually offered HBO NOW.
The service is $15 per month, so in some ways it is better value to bundle it with one of the other streaming services, but your mileage may vary. Technically, it doesn’t offer the HBO streaming feed live, but you can watch shows through the app simultaneously as they air. You can also watch their entire catalog of shows on demand at your own convenience. Go back and watch the sketch comedy show Mr. Show with Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk. Or watch the final season of Girls in 2017.
There are many ways to watch HBO without cable. So if you have more questions, feel free to ask below in the comments.
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