With shows like Westworld Curb Your Enthusiasm and Watchmen HBO has proven it how to make must-watch content. HBO also has way too many streaming services, and it's hard to know what makes them all different from the others.
HBO & # 39; s Streaming Conundrum: An Intro
HBO currently has three different streaming services: HBO GO, HBO NOW and HBO Max. That's in addition to the existing cable-based service and Hulu integration for some content.
Why HBO chooses to have multiple streaming services and additional integrations with other streaming platforms instead of having a unique place where all of its content is available is a mystery. HBO Max is set to become the actual HBO service when it launches on May 27, but there are other options worth considering if you already have a cable subscription or Hulu account.
Each HBO service costs about the same ̵
1; about $ 15 a month — and you can watch original HBO programs and licensed movies. However, they are each separate services so if you pay for it you won't be able to access the other services (in most cases anyway but we'll get to that in a minute). When you try to spot the differences between the services, it all comes down to accessibility and amount of content. Once you learn what each option offers and how it works, hopefully you will have a better idea of which one is best for you and your family.
What is HBO GO?
HBO GO is an app with all HBO content available on request and accessible through the login details of your cable or satellite provider. Most major providers – such as Xfinity, DirecTV, Spectrum and Cox Communications – offer it as a premium add-on and you must be subscribed to HBO through your cable or satellite provider to use HBO GO .  The service has a lot of on-demand HBO content, from originals and sports to comedy specials, documentaries and theatrically released films. HBO GO content can be viewed on your TV and on any device where you can verify your cable subscription, including Macs and PCs, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Apple TV and Roku. It also supports simultaneous streaming so that multiple people in your account can view different HBO content at the same time. Prices may vary depending on your cable provider, but it should be about $ 10-20 a month.
What is HBO NOW?
HBO NOW is HBO's current standalone streaming service, available for $ 14.99 per month. It offers exactly the same content as HBO GO but you don't need a cable subscription to access it. And, just like HBO GO multiple people can watch different shows simultaneously without problems on desktop and mobile devices, large game consoles, Apple TV and Roku. Sign up for HBO now on HBO's website, through app stores, or through other digital subscription providers like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.