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

Joel Lee 08-02-2016

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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:

  • 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.

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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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  1. Gavin Pyle
    February 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    HBO Go is available on Roku as well.