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hbo goHBO is probably the hottest premium TV channel running right now. They have hit shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, True Blood and Game of Thrones. They also run lots of hit movies and sports programming. When it comes to boxing, there is really nothing better than HBO. Watching TV on the go Top 5 Coolest Free iPhone Apps To Watch Shows Online Top 5 Coolest Free iPhone Apps To Watch Shows Online Read More  is very popular, so why not merge the two?

Now, with HBO Go, subscribers can take all of their favorite HBO programming with them on the go for free. Currently, HBO Go is available on Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android smartphones. You can also watch all of the HBO programming from a computer, if you are looking to watch from a bigger screen. Of course, you have to be an HBO subscriber to take advantage of HBO Go’s programming, but it seems like at this point, most people who still have cable have HBO. For those that don’t, having the ability to watch content for free on the go might just put them over the edge.

Setting Up HBO Go

You can set up HBO from your mobile device, or from Either way set up is a breeze. As long as you are an HBO subscriber, simply choose your cable provider and log in with the same email address and password you use with them. HBO Go will check to verify the information entered, and in a few short moments you will be up and running and ready to watch all the HBO programming you want, wherever you are.

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If you do not have an online account with your provider, you will need to create one using your account number. This process will vary depending on your provider. I have Xfinity from Comcast, and for me it was as simple as entering my home phone, account number and choosing a username and password. Your results may vary depending on where you get your cable.

Features of HBO Go

As I mentioned before, HBO Go features all of HBO’s popular programming available on your smartphone or your computer. They also offer the shows immediately as they air on HBO. This way you do not have to wait; the content will be available when you want.


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HBO Go also features parental controls. If you are familiar with some of the content on HBO, this is a must-have feature for anyone with children. I don’t think most parents would be too keen on their children watching a bunch of vampires doing dirty things with each other on True Blood. Since HBO is a premium channel they don’t have to limit their content like a regular channel, so having parental controls is necessary.

There are also custom watchlists which allow you to quickly save the shows you regularly watch. Simply search for a show, click on it and click the little “plus” icon to save it in your watch list.

The app also allows you to browse by genre. For example, if you want to see a list of all movies now available on the service, it is as easy as couple of clicks.

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The video quality is very good, but depending on your data speed you may encounter some buffering. If you are connected to WiFi, or are in an area with strong 3G, you should not experience any problems.


For HBO subscribers this is a must use program. If you are someone who loves watching HBO, but just don’t have the time to sit around at home and watch TV, having the ability to take the content with you can be incredibly valuable.

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iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Link 

Do you use HBO Go? Has it changed your life for the better? Did your kids pick up your iPhone and see True Blood and now they are scarred for life? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Izzywizzy55
    October 7, 2011 at 1:35 am

    the big change with this is my blood pressure. I was able to watch for a few days, then??? It says I need a stronger video stream.... where are they... it is making me crazy. Can anyone help

  2. Mfetick
    October 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Can movies or shows be downloaded for viewing when online access isn't available? For example, when I'm on a plane?

  3. thebutler
    September 29, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Does the cable service have to pay HBO for the HBOgo in order for their subscribers to receive the service? I ask because HBOgo online said my cable server didn't offer this service for their customers. 

    • Dave LeClair
      October 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      I'm not sure if the cable company pays for it, but it is a per carrier basis. I imagine some carriers just don't want people watching stuff in anything but what they provide.

  4. Kevindcuckow
    August 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    just to remind you that this only apply s to US citizens. However for those in Europe and in particular the UK, Sky offers a similar opportunity. And may I say to those in the US if you are able to access Sky and in particular their Sports then do so. There is nothing close to compare to the UK`s variety and quality. Fox Sports Australia and Super Sports South Africa would be next in line however the applications for iphone android etc is not available yet.

  5. Fred Strong
    August 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    The title of this article is truly most of us know, there "ain't no free".  This simply provides new venues to watch those HBO programs to which you've already subscribed.  I'm an avid MakeUseOf user, but I expect better than titillating, suggestive headlines that mislead.

    • Jeffery Fabish
      August 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Why does everyone need to complain? It's a good article and he clearly worked hard on it. MakeUseOf gives away tons of things and the authors write excellent articles, but people always want a little more.

      • Tina
        August 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        You're right Jeffery. However, those that complain keep us at the tip of our toes and help us getting better. So critique, especially if it's valid and/or constructive, is important for growth.

        • Bfreitas6140
          August 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

          Right, in this case a slight change to the title is all that is needed!

  6. Pesplace
    August 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Most Unfortunate..Works only in 50 States of US

  7. Jeffery Fabish
    August 27, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Anyway to do this without being a subscriber? I'd pay for an online service, my Cable company sucks enough as it is. streamick seams to be the only HBO streaming alternative and it doesn't have HBO2.

    • Dave LeClair
      August 27, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Unfortunately, you have to have an HBO subscription through a cable provider in order to use HBO go.