PROS / You have access to every episode of your favorite HBO series, as well as movies and other content.
CONS / This streaming service does not have offline viewing.
VERDICT / HBO NOW is fantastic for HBO fans, providing access to all of HBO’s original content on your mobile devices.
HBO NOW is HBO’s answer to the TV streaming revolution, providing convenient access to HBO content for all of its subscribers. This is a great service for HBO fans who want to access their favorite HBO shows on the go from their iPad, iPhone or Android device. It’s also available on internet TV-friendly devices like Roku and Xbox.
This streaming internet TV service has a few limitations. While other sites have content from various networks, this one is HBO-specific. You won’t find a wealth of classic movies or classic TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Doctor Who.” Plus, you won’t be able to stream network or cable TV shows like “The Walking Dead.” To access that kind of content you’ll need apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. In addition to limited content, this internet TV site does not have offline viewing. You need an internet connection to access the library of movies and television series. You won't be able to use the service on a long flight without Wi-Fi.
With that said, HBO is an entertainment universe unto itself, with original hit TV shows, movies, sports, documentaries, comedy and kids' shows. And while you have full access to all of HBO’s original content, there is only a limited selection of movies that have aired on HBO. To watch a show from your device, you simply tap on the screen and it will start.
You will, however, have the ability to access episodes from any original HBO series past or present. You also have access to exclusive interviews and other supplementary materials linked to specific episodes of your favorite shows. You can easily set up personalized watch lists and have new episodes of your favorite shows sent automatically to your list.
There are also Facebook and Twitter links that let you interact with friends to discuss shows you are watching together. If you have questions or need help with the app, there are tutorials online, as well as email support and answers to FAQs.
HBO NOW provides you with all of HBO content without the commitment of cable. While this streaming TV service won’t give you access to network, cable or classic TV shows, you can watch every episode from HBO’s impressive collection of original programming. You can also access a selection of movies, sports and kids' shows that originally aired on HBO. With this app, HBO fans can stream every episode of their favorite HBO TV shows on the go from most mobile or streaming devices.