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anonenigma
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HBO Now

Post by anonenigma » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:35 am

We have a few shows (Game of Thrones, My Brilliant Friend, En el septimo dia) that we want to catch up on, so we plan to subscribe to HBO - probably just for a month. It would stream through Roku.

Is it best to subscribe directly through HBO via computer, through Roku, or via Amazon? I assume that the cost will be the same, but is there a difference in security (credit card,) video quality or ease of cancellation?

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Re: HBO Now

Post by MiddleOfTheRoad » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:51 am

I do it through Amazon. Very easy to subscribe and cancel, although you have to do it on a computer. Bonus is 5% off with Amazon credit card. The other thing you want to look into is how many simultaneous streams are allowed for each service. Amazon allows two.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by MrBobcat » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:00 pm

Amazon makes it very easy to add/drop channels and no extra service/company to deal with.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by otinkyad » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:00 pm

I’ve done it through Sling TV, Hulu, and Roku. All were $15, I think, and easy to start and stop. I turn HBO, Sling TV, and Hulu on and off depending on what we want to watch. Netflix and Amazon are constants, so maybe next time, if there is one (all of my HBO stints have been for GoT), I’ll try Amazon.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by mnsportsgeek » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:25 pm

I do it through Apple. Only way to get offline viewing. It's great for air travel.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by brajalle » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:58 pm

I've read that the streams via Amazon for HBO are slightly higher quality than available elsewhere.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by obafgkm » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:11 pm

mnsportsgeek wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:25 pm
I do it through Apple. Only way to get offline viewing. It's great for air travel.
Is there an obvious way to do this? I just "cut the cord", but am considering adding HBO Now.

I enjoy downloading shows/movies on Netflix on my iPad for train or plane travel, so I'd like to do the same with other streaming sites (especially Hulu, but years after saying offline viewing is coming, it still isn't available).

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Re: HBO Now

Post by whodidntante » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:29 pm

If you think you may want to subscribe in the future, or even wait, I recommend you use an HBO Now gift card. The reasons are:

1) I can frequently find these at a discount of 10% or more.
2) It auto-cancels when the value is drained. No effort required. And you don't get on the treadmill of mindless auto renewal.

I do the same with Hulu and Netflix.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by ccieemeritus » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:40 pm

I subscribed to HBO Now for a couple months through iTunes. Caught up on shows, including Cherynobyl. Just cancelled. Will probably do that again sometime next year.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by mnsportsgeek » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:26 am

obafgkm wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:11 pm
mnsportsgeek wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:25 pm
I do it through Apple. Only way to get offline viewing. It's great for air travel.
Is there an obvious way to do this? I just "cut the cord", but am considering adding HBO Now.

I enjoy downloading shows/movies on Netflix on my iPad for train or plane travel, so I'd like to do the same with other streaming sites (especially Hulu, but years after saying offline viewing is coming, it still isn't available).
You have to have the newish iOS 12.3 update. Then open the TV app. Select the “Watch Now” tab and then scroll down to “Available Apple TV channels.” Click HBO and it will prompt you to subscribe. It comes with a 7 day free trial.

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Re: HBO Now

Post by obafgkm » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:31 am

mnsportsgeek wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:26 am
You have to have the newish iOS 12.3 update. Then open the TV app. Select the “Watch Now” tab and then scroll down to “Available Apple TV channels.” Click HBO and it will prompt you to subscribe. It comes with a 7 day free trial.
Thanks!

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Re: HBO Now

Post by EnjoyIt » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:09 am

whodidntante wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:29 pm
If you think you may want to subscribe in the future, or even wait, I recommend you use an HBO Now gift card. The reasons are:

1) I can frequently find these at a discount of 10% or more.
2) It auto-cancels when the value is drained. No effort required. And you don't get on the treadmill of mindless auto renewal.

I do the same with Hulu and Netflix.
What a great idea for subscription services.

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