HBO Plus – Price, Content Comparison & Overview

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Stay up to date with all your favourite HBO content thanks to HBO Plus.

About HBO Plus

HBO is an American cable and satellite TV network. Owned by Home Box Office Inc., which is in turn owned by Time Warner, HBO has been offering its pay TV services in the United States since 1972. The channel screens films, TV series, made-for-cable movies, documentaries and occasionally boxing events. However, during the late 1990s and into the 2000s, HBO started to become famous for the quality of its original television series content. With programs like Oz, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Band of Brothers, The Wire and more. More recently, Lena Dunham’s comedy Girls, gritty crime drama True Detective and world ratings behemoth Game of Thrones have highlighted HBO’s programming and made headlines around the world. HBO Plus is HBO’s channel in Latin America. This service provides HBO subscribers with access to all of the best HBO content 24 hours a day, but it is not available in Australia.

What is next?

Want all the TV shows and movies? You can get a free trial with each of the streaming internet tv providers below:

Can I stream off HBO Plus?

HBO Plus is designed as a contemporary and irreverent channel for young viewers. With this in mind, it offers users access to a wide range of popular movies, TV shows, exclusive musical performances, anime cartoons, and cult classic programming. Some of the TV shows on offer on HBO Plus include:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Veep
  • Big Love
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • House of Lies
  • Mad Men
  • True Blood
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • The Newsroom
  • True Detective
  • Girls
  • Westworld
  • Entourage
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • The Wire
  • Jonah From Tonga
  • Looking
  • Silicon Valley
  • John Oliver: Last Week Tonight
  • The Leftovers
  • Ballers
  • The Brink
  • Hard Knocks
  • Getting On
  • American Gods
  • Vice
  • Dark Tower
  • Life’s Too Short
  • Real Sport
  • The Knick
  • Treme
  • Eastbound and Down
  • Luck
  • Bored to Death
  • Band of Brothers
  • The Pacific
  • Enlightened

If you’re looking for films, HBO Plus offers an extensive selection of comedies, thrillers, horror movies and more. These include Spiderman, Django Unchained, 300, Back to the Future and hundreds more. However, HBO also offers a wide range of its TV content online. In years gone by, if you wanted to access a video online you would need to wait for it to download to your computer before you could watch it. Now, however, streaming technology offers a different way to transfer multimedia data, meaning it’s possible to watch videos in real time. This has made it much faster and easier to watch movies and TV programs online. Many of the programs on HBO Plus are also available to be streamed through HBO GO, HBO’s TV Everywhere service for American residents, and HBO On Demand. Alternatively, HBO’s standalone streaming service, HBO Now, is available in the United States and certain US territories. If you wish to subscribe to HBO Plus, you’ll need to contact a cable provider in your region of Latin America to discover how much it will cost you to subscribe.

Frequently asked questions

I want to watch Game of Thrones - how can I do it?

In Australia, Game of Thrones is shown on Foxtel’s Showcase channel, so you’ll need to be a Foxtel subscriber to view it.

Can I get HBO Plus in Australia?

No, HBO Plus is a channel that is only available throughout Latin America.

Where can I watch HBO programming in Australia?

The vast majority of HBO content in Australia can be viewed on Foxtel.

What is HBO Now?

HBO Now is the pay TV network’s standalone streaming service. Rather than requiring a home HBO cable subscription to access all of the network’s content, HBO Now allows users to simply watch their shows online. However, this service is not available to Australian residents. However, it may be possible for Australians to sneak their way into HBO Now by creating a US iTunes account and employing geo-dodging techniques.

What is HBO Go?

This is a streaming service for subscribers to HBO cable. It allows customers to stream a selection of video on demand programs, including TV shows and movies, through the HBO website or to apps on their smartphones, tablets, game consoles and digital media players. Unfortunately, this service is not available for Australian customers.

What can I do if I want to watch the whole of season five of Game of Thrones?

Your first option is to sign up for a Foxtel account and watch each new episode every week on Showcase. However, another alternative is to wait until the season has finished airing in June and wait for it to become available from the Apple iTunes or Google Play store.

What is Foxtel Play?

Foxtel Play allows you to stream Foxtel TV over the internet. If you have an internet connection, you can stream Foxtel’s range of programs through your Sony PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Mac, Samsung Smart TV or Blu-ray player, and LG or Sony Smart TV.

What is Netflix and can I get it in Australia?

Netflix provides on-demand internet streaming of TV and movie content in the United States, South America, parts of Europe, New Zealand and, happily, Australia. Plans start from $8.99 a month and you can stream via your game console, smartphone, tablet and more.

What are some of the best shows available on HBO - either current shows or programs from the past?

The best known HBO program would have to be Game of Thrones. However, some of the other current and past shows from this popular cable network include The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls, True Detective, Sex and the City, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, True Blood, The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Week Tonight, Entourage, Six Feet Under and many more.

What is the difference between Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go?

Foxtel Play streams TV over the internet to game consoles, smart TVs, tablets and the like. Customers who want access to Foxtel but don’t want a satellite or wall cabling installed can use this service. However, regular Foxtel customers (and also those with a Foxtel Play account) can take their Foxtel with them wherever they go with Foxtel Go. This app is designed for PCs, tablets and smartphones and allows subscribers to access live TV and programs on demand.

Is HBO all about TV series and nothing else?

No, HBO also provides a selection of theatrical release movies and made-for cable movies, as well as a range of other programming. This includes boxing fights, exclusive music concerts, documentaries and plenty more.
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