HBO GO falls under the realm of HBO services. HBO GO is different than HBO NOW, the stand-alone streaming service offered by HBO. HBO NOW is available to anyone who wishes to purchase the subscription. HBO GO is a service designed for those who currently pay a TV provider for cable or satellite services. While there are differences between the streaming services, the content and user experience is almost identical.

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The Good

  • Over 125 exclusive series
  • No commercials or ads
  • Available on many devices

Unlimited Access

HBO has set it up so both HBO GO and HBO NOW subscribers can enjoy the exact same content. This includes all movies and television programs found in their content library. HBO GO subscribers have unlimited access to any and all HBO shows. There are no limitations on episodes or seasons. Unlimited access is also extended to hit movies, sports, documentaries, and comedy specials.

Not only is access unlimited, it is also instant. Subscribers do not have to wait until the next episode or season is out before they can enjoy their favorite HBO programs. HBO has over 125 exclusive shows available to their subscribers. Additionally, subscribers also have access to over 650 movies in their content library. With all of the content to choose from, subscribers can also rest assured that they will not have to sit through long commercial breaks since the service provides an ad-free experience.

Device Availability

HBO GO is available on the following devices:

  • Apple iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV
  • Android phones, tablets, and Android TV
  • Amazon FireTablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick
  • Computers via web browser
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation 3 and Playstation 4
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One

With so many compatible devices, it is nice that there is no restriction on the number of devices a customer can sign into. Subscribers will need to "activate" each device the first time they use HBO GO, but after that, the device is all set up. The interfaces for both HBO GO and HBO NOW are almost identical.

Simultaneous streaming is also available with both HBO GO and HBO Now. That means that members of your household can sign into several devices and watch different content at the same time without getting locked out.

The Bad

  • Advertised as free
  • Must have a cable or satellite subscription
  • Authentication through provider

Advertised as Free

While HBO GO is advertised as "free," that is a little bit deceiving. HBO GO is not a typical streaming service, so it can be branded as free, but there are still associated costs. HBO GO users have to already have a cable or satellite service. These services often times cost a great deal each month. Additionally, subscribers have to also be paying a monthly subscription fee for HBO alone. That subscription fee typically ranges from $10-$20 each month. There are deals where HBO is free to new TV customers, but those trials usually expire after 30-90 days. So while downloading and signing into HBO GO is "free," subscribers are already paying for the service in other ways making HBO GO a conveniently added "perk."

Must have a Cable or Satellite Subscription

Unlike most streaming services, HBO GO limits who can access the service. Consumers who want the HBO subscription will have to utilize HBO NOW. HBO GO is specifically designed for those who have an HBO subscription with their cable or satellite television provider.

Authentication Through Provider

Authentication on each new device can be somewhat of a time-consuming process. HBO GO subscribers will have to authenticate their services through their cable or satellite provider. HBO NOW edges out HBO GO in the following areas:

  • No authentication required
  • No cable/satellite services necessary
  • No limitations to subscriber-base

Streaming Restrictions

While there is no cap on the number of devices subscribers can sign into, there are restrictions associated with simultaneous streaming. If multiple devices are simultaneously streaming the same movie/episode, they will likely not run into a problem. However, if the devices are watching different content, restrictions can apply.

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The Bottom Line

Deciding between HBO GO and HBO NOW has appeared to create the most confusion for streaming enthusiasts. However, HBO has made it relatively simple. HBO GO is strictly for those who have a satellite/cable provider with an HBO subscription, while HBO NOW can be enjoyed by anyone for a monthly subscription fee. For those who want to enjoy HBO content and are already paying a cable or satellite provider for television services, HBO GO is an excellent option. With HBO GO, subscribers can expect:

  • Unlimited access to HBO content
  • Instant viewing capabilities
  • Unlimited activated devices
  • Simultaneous streaming
  • Cable/Satellite provider necessary

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Amanda Rosen
November 15th, 2019 Warrendale, PA

HBO GO's user interface could improve but they have quality shows and content in general.

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Shawn
October 14th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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Love how convenient it is to use and find the show you are looking for. I think the format is very intuitive.

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Rischelle Mikkelson
October 14th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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We love HBO Go for streaming movies. It sometimes takes a while for a movie to load, but once it is going, I never have buffering issues. Sometimes it kicks me out of my account and I have to re-verify it.

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Zac Marx
October 8th, 2019 Brighton, CO DETAILS
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I dont love HBO Go, but it does have the random shows and movies that netflix and amazon prime dont have. It is great for when you dont know what to watch and need something random.

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Enjoy having HBO go one of the few extra channels we pay for. Enjoy the fact that you don’t have to have a 200 plan with the cable company just to watch showed we love.

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Don Boren
October 7th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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I love the shows on HBO, like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Silicon Valley. They have some of the best content around. I never have to wait for buffering. I like I can download shows to watch offline.

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Lauren
July 18th, 2019 Maitland, FL

My experience with HBO GO has been completely awful. It's almost impossible to watch anything on it at all. I have been using it on a Samsung TV, on which every other streaming service works just fine. For some reason HBO GO will not load 85% of the time. I have to go back to the home screen and then back into the show anywhere from 3 to 25 times for the show to play and sometimes it just won't play at all. If I do get HBO GO to work, but then need to pause it, it will rarely start playing again. It also has this issue when the show transitions from one episode to the next. When the show does play, the sound cuts out for a few seconds every minute or so, and it is constantly freezing. Again, every other streaming service works just fine, so I know it is not the internet. My biggest complaint is the mostly non-existant customer service. There is no number to call for help. You can only contact them by email. This is absolutely ridiculous for a company as big as HBO. The only reason they get 2 stars rather than one, is because of the quality of content. HBO does make some very entertaining television. However, their streaming service and customer service both need major improvements. Just a side note, the TV I have been watching HBO GO on is my room mate's and is logged into her account. I do however have my own HBO service through my Amazon prime account which I have significantly less issues with.

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matthew
July 1st, 2019 Logan, UT DETAILS
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nice watching GOT on the go and streaming. expensive but the streaming always works so well and it is good picture.

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Myles Cox
June 3rd, 2019 Portland, OR DETAILS
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Excellent selection but the mobile app is often buggy and lacks functionality that I would expect from a modern streaming service.

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Reese
May 9th, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I have used HBO Go for streaming and they have a great selection of shows that are current and easy to catch up on when I am on the go. They are also priced well and easy to access and navigate through.

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Deirdre
May 2nd, 2019 Clearwater, FL DETAILS
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Their documentaries are not vetted for truth. They present data that is full of inaccuracies and outright lies. For example, the documentary on Scientology-- the management obviously did not check into Scientology beliefs or activities before they let that documentary get aired. Documentaries are supposed to present an truth about a topic, not the opinions and scathing accusations of one person. Since I have seen this happen on HBO with multiple "documentaries" at this point, I have lost all respect for what they have to present. Can't trust it.

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Amelia
April 23rd, 2019 Midvale, UT DETAILS
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Absolutely sucks. Can't fast forward, constantly freezes, never saves my place.

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Martha E Perkins
March 22nd, 2019 Athens, GA DETAILS
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I only bought HBO GO only to watch the Neverland documentary. I am so impressed with the programming I am keeping it. $14.99 is a good amount of money to me and I think it is well worth it.

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Nicole Garrett
February 12th, 2019 Lehi, UT DETAILS
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I love the HBO shows that at available. The streaming gets bogged down when the site is busy and it can be very frustrating to use this service at that time.

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Katie Young
February 12th, 2019 Charlottesville, VA DETAILS
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I love HBO and the content they put out. The app isn't great though and I always have trouble connecting to Chromecast which is annoying every time. Other than the connection issues, I have absolutely no complaints and love being subscribed to HBO.

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Erikka N
February 7th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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We really like HBO GO. Our TV had stopped working and we were in the middle of watching the game of thrones series at night once our little kiddos were off to bed. It was great that we could still watch our HBO shows through the APP that we downloaded. Love that they are using other options for watching premuim channel shows.

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McKenzie Christiansen
January 17th, 2019 Provo, UT

This service is great. It has so many shows and movies to stream. The videos always are great quality and there is no lag.

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Hailey Nilson
January 16th, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT DETAILS
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HBO go is amazing! The connection is great and customer service is amazing. I had an issue with my account and they fixed it immediately.

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Ariana Cruz
January 16th, 2019 Saratoga Springs, UT

I love hbo on the go, its easy to use and reliable. I watch my favorite shows whenever I go.

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Magaly De Avila
January 9th, 2019 Provo, UT

Super easy app to use on the go! I never have a difficult time streaming my favorite movies and they also have a lot of different kinds of movies and tv shows that other streaming devices don't offer.

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J Bell
January 4th, 2019 St Louis, MO DETAILS
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The content is good, but it is not easy to find. The main reason for 2 stars is the continuous prompts to activate/login. Setup/activation/login should be a one-time event, but it is required frequently. This is incredibly inconvenient when activation is setup through my spouse's account/phone and we aren't watching tv together. When this happens I usually give up and just watch Netflix, Amazon, or YouTube.

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Tiffany
December 14th, 2018 Tempe, AZ DETAILS
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Love this APP!!!! Allows me to watch all old series new series and movies. HBO has the best selections.

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Matthew Carbaugh
December 10th, 2018 Herndon, VA DETAILS
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Watch Game of Thrones, Crashing, insecure and Silicon valley all on my laptop. I really appreciate that the shows are available for viewing immediately when the show airs. There is no delay from when you can view online unlike other streaming services.

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Starski Cene
December 3rd, 2018 Vienna, VA DETAILS
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The best premium cable channel! Pros: Original content (John Oliver, Bill Maher, Game of Thrones, etc.) Price ($5 w/ Directv Now) Access to older shows (Sopranos, The Wire, Rome) Cons: The menu is not as easy to navigate as Netflix

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Spencer Scoville
December 3rd, 2018 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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super simple to use but very limited on options. There are really no child friendly shows but the shows are so very good for older people

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Katie Kearney
December 3rd, 2018 Vienna, VA DETAILS
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All of my favorite shows seem to be HBO series (GOT, Westworld, etc) and I absolutely loving streaming them on HBO GO and watching them when we travel. The app is great and rarely have any issues!

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Eric
November 19th, 2018 San Diego, CA DETAILS
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Game of Thrones on your mobile device! We all love our phones and anyone who enjoys quality TV loves GOT so the answer is clear. Get HBO GO. HBO GO is a great and easy to use application.

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E Ramey
August 7th, 2017 Charleston, WV

It's impossible to watch due to constant buffering or freezing. It's not my internet, I can switch immediately to Netflix or Amazon instant video and stream all day with no problems, you tube always works great too. HBO - never works - I hate it

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sue
July 13th, 2017 Fair Oaks, CA

Streaming repeatedly freezes. Site is not organized in a way that is easy to access content information and similar issues.

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