HBO NOW vs. HBO GO: What Are the Key Differences?

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HBO is the first cable network to really embrace streaming as a “valid” way to watch television, and when compared to the many media streaming services currently available, HBO provides some of the best value around.

For a while, the only way to get HBO access was through a cable TV subscription, which could easily cost anywhere from $50 to $100 per month, but now HBO offers a streaming-only option and it can save you a whole lot of money.

HBO actually offers two streaming options. The first is HBO NOW, which is a standalone digital subscription that you can get if you don’t have cable TV. The second is HBO GO, which is freely included as part of all cable TV subscriptions with HBO.

The following devices support both:

  • Computer (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE)
  • Apple iPad and iPhone
  • Apple TV
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • Roku

The following devices only support HBO GO:

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  • Chromecast
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • PlayStation 3 and 4
  • Xbox 360 and One

Both HBO NOW and HBO GO have full access to HBO’s entire library of TV shows and movies, including live playback as new episodes air.

HBO NOW costs $15 per month and can be purchased through these service providers. HBO GO costs varying amounts depending on the cable TV provider and any discounts that may be in effect. For me, HBO GO is about $10 per month.

It’s a great deal in the grand scheme, so if you have room in your budget, grab one of these awesome media streaming devices and think about an HBO NOW subscription.

Do you use either HBO NOW or HBO GO? How do you like it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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