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HBO Go vs HBO Now: Which One Is Better?

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HBO is one of the most-watched TV channels both within the United States as well as internationally. And with so many acclaimed shows under the network’s belt, it is no wonder why HBO is so popular. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you know you can’t do without HBO. Especially if you want to stay on top of the latest developments in Westeros without anyone spoiling them for you. The thing is, HBO is usually a premium offering with most cable providers, which means it won’t be available with your basic Frontier bundles. But there are always options.

HBO GO vs HBO NOW – A Comparison

Keeping up with the cord-cutting movement, HBO offers not one but two streaming apps for exclusive HBO content. HBO GO and HBO NOW both have different availability and pricing. However, both offer exclusive access to the same HBO content. So which one should you choose? We will leave that decision up to you. However, it may help you to check out the areas we discuss below:

  1. Content
  2. Availability
  3. Pricing
  4. How to Get HBO
  5. Compatible Devices

All of this is useful information to help you decide which service suits you best. Read on for more details.


Both services from HBO offer the same content. And by content, we mean premium content like Silicon Valley and Game of Thrones. Since HBO owns both apps, there is no difference in the content available on them, which is mostly original HBO programming.

However, the way you access this content is different for both services. HBO NOW is a standalone service. This means you can download it, set up your account and start watching using your Frontier FiOS internet plans.

HBO GO, however, is a different story. The service works using the internet, but you need a valid subscription to a cable plan that carries HBO. If your Frontier TV packages include premium channels like HBO, use your credentials to log in to HBO GO.


HBO NOW is an a la carte service, meaning it does not need a valid cable subscription to function. You can use it with a decent internet connection. For the best streaming experience, I prefer fiber, which is why I watch HBO on FiOS.

HBO GO works differently. It needs your valid cable subscription credentials before you can log in and access the content. You also need to have subscribed to a cable package that includes HBO. That means, if your subscription doesn’t contain HBO, the content will remain unavailable. Luckily, most cable providers offer HBO as a premium channel add-on or as part of their top tier packages. Some providers even often offer promotional prices for subscribers to get HBO for a lower cost over a limited period.


Pricing is very different for both streaming services. HBO NOW costs $14.99 per month. This stays the same whether you subscribe to HBO through Hulu or HBO NOW. Unlike HBO NOW, HBO GO is free. However, HBO GO will require you to have a valid cable or satellite subscription with HBO included. Depending on your provider, premium channels like HBO can cost anywhere between an extra $10 to $18 every month. There are also periodic promotional offers that drive this cost even lower.

How to Get HBO?

There are a number of convenient ways for you to get access to HBO. The simplest is subscribing to a cable or satellite package that includes HBO. Providers like Frontier let you have HBO added on to your existing Frontier channel lineup as a premium channel. Some providers simply include premium options like HBO and Showtime in their higher-tier packages. A subscription to a cable or satellite provider is by far the most convenient and popular option.

HBO GO requires a cable or satellite subscription to HBO like the ones we just discussed. If you have one, all you need to do is sign in to the HBO GO app with your cable/satellite credentials. Once you have done that, you are good to start streaming.

HBO NOW works as a standalone app and supports a variety of devices including PC and Mac. Since it only requires you to subscribe to the service itself, you don’t need a cable subscription. HBO NOW is perfect for cord cutters who don’t want a cable service just to watch one or two channels.

Compatible Devices

Both services are compatible with a large variety of popular streaming platforms. It doesn’t matter what device you have, as long as you have a decent internet connection. I find Frontier internet speeds to be well suited for streaming HD HBO content on any device. Both work well with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android, iOS, Mac, PC, and Chromecast. They also work on gaming platforms like the Play Station 3 and 4 as well as the Xbox 360. Hopefully, this blog will have made the choice easier for you. Leave us a comment on which one you choose.