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5 VPNs to let you watch HBO from Australia

Why settle for Netflix when you can access the best HBO has to offer with a few simple steps?

When it comes to TV streaming in Australia, we live in a Netflix-dominated world, but veteran HBO GO is still producing some of the best shows around. While Australia's love affair with this American broadcasting giant began with shows like The Wire, Deadwood and Band of Brothers, it has gone on to be a sure-fire bet for entertainment with shows and content that really ought to be available for all to watch upon day one of release, but sadly aren't. Not without a good VPN at your side, at least...

Updated May 25th, 2019
Name Product Price p/month (Monthly) Equivalent price p/month (Annual) Free trial? Simultaneous logins Crypto payment? Recommended encryption
ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN
US$12.95
US$6.67
Yes
3
Yes
256-bit AES
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access
US$6.95
US$3.33
No
5
Yes
256-bit AES
NordVPN
NordVPN
US$11.95
US$6.99
Yes
6
Yes
256-bit AES
Ivacy
Ivacy
US$9.95
US$3.33
No
5
Yes
256-bit AES
VyprVPN
VyprVPN
US$9.95
US$5.00
Yes
3
No
256-bit

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ExpressVPN

Even before testing this with HBO, we were already huge fans of ExpressVPN. Sign up is simple and you can easily pretend to be in the US via an app with an intuitive interface plus a network of 1,000+ servers. Express also offers top-notch 24/7 service to help you solve any issues that might pop up down the road and 30 days money-back guarantee for extra peace of mind.

Quickstart

  1. Go to https://www.expressvpn.com and click on "Get Started".
  2. Select your plan (we recommend 15 months for US$6.67 a month).
  3. Pay via credit card, PayPal, cryptocurrency or “other”.
  4. Download and install the app for your device (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad).
  5. Use the map interface to select a North American server.
  6. HBO to your heart's content.
Save up to 35% on a 12 month subscription

Save up to 35% on a 12 month subscription from ExpressVPN

Plans start from $8.32 p/m. Month by month plans are available.

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PIA

Private Internet Access (PIA) is geared to slightly more advanced users who want some extra options at the expense of taking an extra step to install OpenVPN on their device (don't worry because it's an easy process). The rewards for doing that: unmetered bandwidth and fast speeds on 3,200+ servers (the majority of which are in the US).

Quickstart

  1. Go to https://www.privateinternetaccess.com and select “Join Now”.
  2. Select your plan (we recommend two years for US$2.91 a month).
  3. Download and install the app for your device (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad).
  4. Follow the in-app instructions to also download and install OpenVPN.
  5. Use the map interface to select a North American server.
  6. Watch HBO until your eyes turn square.
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Save 58% on two years of PIA VPN

NordVPN

We've had a lot of experience with Nord in the past and the service has always proven to be reliable and fast. Couple that with a sizeable network of over 1,000 servers in 50+ countries (not that you'll need 49 of those in this case) and NordVPN is more than capable of dishing you out some HBO action. Side bonus: if the service isn't to your personal tastes you can opt out inside of 30 days.

Quickstart

  1. Go to https://nordvpn.com/ and click on “Get NordVPN”.
  2. Select your plan (we recommend 12 months for US$6.99 a month).
  3. Download and install the app for your device (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad).
  4. Use the map interface to select a North American server.
  5. Binge-watch HBO until it's finally time to go outside and work (on zero sleep).
Save 66% off NordVPN with a 2-year plan

Save 66% off NordVPN with a 2-year plan from NordVPN

Sign up to the super fast and secure NordVPN 2 years of service for the low price of only $95.75 in total, or $3.99 per month.

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Ivacy

Let's start with the good news. Of the 450+ servers Ivacy operates, 70 are based in the US – this gives you plenty of options when finding one that will get around HBO's geoblocks. Beyond that, Ivacy wins bonus points for a user-friendly app, a very wide range of payment options and subscription prices that are quite reasonable for the top speeds and service you'll be getting.

Quickstart

  1. Go to https://www.ivacy.com
  2. Select your plan (we recommend 12 months for US$4.04 a month).
  3. Download and install the app for your device (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad).
  4. Use the map interface to select a North American server.
  5. Get HBO and immediately watch The Wire (because it really is the best show of all time).
Get up to 54% off for 2-year plan

Get up to 54% off for 2-year plan from IvacyVPN

Cancel Anytime + 30 days money back guarantee

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VyprVPN

This Switzerland-based service scored high marks from us due to its holding company's transparency and dedication to quality customer service. You'll be buying into a very decently sized network of over 700 servers, all of which aren't virtual (read: geographically spoofed) and aren't owned by a third party (thus keeping your privacy levels higher than normal). Better yet, we've experienced nothing but the best speeds from our time with this VPN.

Quickstart

  1. Go to https://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn and click on “Get Started”.
  2. Select your plan (we recommend the non-premium 12 months plan for US$5 a month).
  3. Download and install the app for your device (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad).
  4. Use the map interface to select a North American server.
  5. HBO to your heart's content.
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Annual subscription plan now for only US$5 per month

Why would I want to access HBO?

If you haven't heard of HBO or seen its iconic intro then you may need to reconsider your streaming habits. Here are just a few reasons you should check out HBO GO or NOW.

The best of HBO GO and NOW: Original movies

Though HBO is young in Hollywood terms, over the course of a decade the quality of its original movies has risen and critical acclaim is now commonplace. While we can't guarantee that all of the following titles will be ready to go when you sign up, being HBO licensed and produced works makes them rarely filtered off the service and available almost all of the time.

The best of HBO GO: Original TV series

If you're after more legacy shows – true pioneers that set the “golden age of TV” in motion – HBO has got you covered and then some. Hop in your time machine and go binge-watch The Wire, a complex crime-drama covering both sides of a Baltimore drug war; The Sopranos, the chronicles of an ageing New Jersey mobster/father; and Deadwood, the sweariest Western drama on record.


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