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HBO has officially released a new streaming service called HBO NOW which comes with a 1-week free trial. This streaming service allows subscribers to watch all of HBO’s premium movies and TV shows for those who do not have a cable subscription to HBO. Content that comes with the subscription includes popular shows like Game of Thrones, Girls, Silicon Valley, VICE as well as dozens of other recently released movies and shows.
- Original Programming becomes available on HBO NOW at almost the same time they appear on the HBO Channel- Although there is no live streaming, you should be able to watch your favorite shows just a few minutes after it airs.
- You can watch Cable Premium Shows without having to buy an entire cable bundle subscription
- There is a huge backlog of great series and movies. Although HBO NOW changes each month, you will never lose access to the HBO Original Series.
- HBO NOW can be signed on multiple devices at the same time and watch videos concurrently.
- There is no live broadcasting for any of the shows through HBO NOW.
- You need a qualifying Apple Device or Optimum Online Internet account in order to subscribe.
- Most expensive streaming service available compared to Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Prime.
- The number of videos you can stream at any given time is limited. However, the limit has not been specified.
- There is no HBO NOW for Android yet. It is possible that sometime in July 2015 we could see this arrive for Google Play or Amazon Fire.
- You need to cancel your subscription before the 7 days are up or you will be charged $15 a month moving forward.
There are pros and cons to the HBO NOW streaming service, but most importantly you need to be sure you delete it before the 7 day trial is over if you don’t want to pay the $15 monthly fee. To do this, you’ll need to go into your account settings and turn off the auto-renew subscription.
Go to the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and tap on the featured tab, scroll down and tap on Apple ID, View Apple ID, and entre your username and password. Then in Account Settings, tap Manager under the subscriptions section. Then turn off the auto-renewal option and verify. If you know for sure that you won’t be keeping HBO NOW then you should do this right away so you don’t forget and accidently get charged.
When HBO NOW was first announced HBO stated there was an exclusive partnership with Apple. The HBO NOW channel is available on the latest Apple TV, as an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and can be downloaded through the App Store.