Hello guys, this article of the streaming wars is totally dedicated to one of the most famous entertainment services of the world, “HBO NOW”. We all know about HBO, as it has been entertaining us, with its great quality content for years now. No conversation about television is complete without HBO and its contribution to the media and entertainment industry. Talk about Movies, TV Shows, Documentaries, Comedy, or Sports HBO has it all, that’s the reason it is everyone’s favorite entertainment platform. So basically in this article, i m going to review the standalone service provided by HBO, which is HBO NOW.
What is HBO NOW ?
HBO NOW is a Video on Demand service, which allows its subscribers to stream through the huge variety of content available on HBO. It is an internet based service, in which you can stream all your favorite HBO shows, without a cord, all you need is an internet connection. The service was launched by Time Warner Corp. on April 2015 with Apple as a launch partner.
How to Subscribe?
Subscribing HBO NOW is pretty simple, you just need to download the HBO NOW app on your Android or iOS supporting device (mobile or tablet). Then follow the on-screen instruction, provide your basic information along with your payment details, and that’s it. You will receive an email from the company regarding your registration and account, and then you are free to access the service on a supporting device. You can also purchase the HBO NOW subscription from a participating mobile or internet provider like Roku, Amazon, iTunes etc.
HBO NOW WATCHLIST
When it comes to the content, available for streaming, in its catalog, HBO itself claims that, HBO NOW provides all the titles which are available on HBO GO (with cord), along with some additional movies and documentaries. But i have seen few cases of customers, claiming otherwise. Still there is not much difference in the streaming catalog of the online and the cord connected platform.
HBO NOW gives you the of some of the best TV shows of the world. Viewers all around the globe are addicted to the shows offered by HBO. So HBO NOW is a great service for the ‘cord nevers’ HBO fans. Some of the great shows offered are Game Of Thrones, The Wire, Girls, True Detective, The Sopranos, The Silicon Valley etc.
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Movies and Documentaries
HBO NOW also offers a huge library of on-demand movies which includes some HBO originals as well as the movies from big productions like 21st Century Fox, Universal Pictures. Some of the best movies which you can watch on HBO NOW are Birdman, The Hobbit, American Sniper, Gone Girl and many more.
Along with this exceptional movie catalog, the internet streaming service also offers many outstanding documentaries like Saving My Tomorrow, Kurt Cobain : Montage Of Heck, Open Heart etc.
Sports and Live Content
HBO NOW also has a treat for its sports fans across the world. This is one of the unique feature, which you will not find in any of the other online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant etc. The online service gives you the access to sports and other live content available on HBO. In some cases, you might not be able to watch a particular show live, but it gets updated on the HBO NOW catalog within few hours of the original timings.
There are also a bundle of sports based shows and documentaries like Legendary Nights, Hard Knocks, Sports In America: Our Defining Stories, Back on Board etc. and likewise HBO, the online streaming service also offers a lot to its boxing fans, with many of the recorded fights of the previous years, along with some upcoming matches.
The subscribers have no options, as only one package is provided by the service, which cost $14.99 per month. The amount $14.99 is same as the cost of the independent HBO GO service, for the cable users. There is also a free, one month trial for its new users only.
The best thing about this service is that, it offers the complete deal without any contracts like the cable services, you can cancel the service anytime you want, without any boundation. Also the subscribers can access the content on multiple screen, simultaneously with a single account. So you can share your account with your family and friends, and save some money.
Being an internet based media streaming service HBO NOW has a tough competition in the streaming world. Big platforms like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, iTunes, Google Play Music and TV offers a lot of hindrance to the Time Warner service.
Services like Netflix, Hulu Plus offers way more content(Both Movies and TV Shows) when compared to HBO NOW. The streaming catalog of HBO NOW contains around 2000 titles (as reported by HBO on before its launch) which does not stand any chance against Netflix.
The main reason for the success and the popularity of the service is its brand value. HBO has numerous fans across the world, who are linked with the superior content it provides. HBO’s popular TV show Game Of Thrones, alone has the ability to drive thousands of fans to use it, and as it is a HBO original, HBO NOW is supposed to be the first online streaming platform to telecast it. There are also many other great shows and movies which makes the service outstanding like The Wire, The Sopranos etc. And as i mentioned above, HBO NOW also offers few sports and live action.
When it comes to cost, HBO NOW is a bit expensive as compared to it competitors Netflix, Hulu Plus etc. On one hand where HBO NOW is asking $15 for one month of its service, Netflix and Hulu Plus gives their service less than $10. The feature of sharing the account is available in all the above mentioned platforms.
HBO NOW on Sling TV
The service is also available as an add-on, for the sling TV subscribers. The cost is same as its individual cost.
Devices supporting HBO NOW
The online streaming service by HBO was first unveiled on April 2015, only on iOs supporting devices like Apple TV, iPhone, iPad etc. but in July 2015, the company started to provide its services on other platforms like Android, Amazon Kindle Fire.
Now HBO NOW supports almost all the recognized platforms.
- Android TV and other platforms
- Apple TV and other platforms
- Windows Vista or later versions
- Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets
So guys thats it. if you have any other queries or questions regarding HBO NOW, feel free to leave a comment. You can also visit the official support page of HBO NOW for further information.
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