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Streaming HBO – how to get your GOT fix on iOS

Apple recently announced a new ‘Channels’ feature for its TV app, which will enable users to subscribe to HBO alongside a bunch of other premium networks in one easy place.

The only trouble is, the final season of Game of Thrones has just started, well before Channels goes live! What to do?

Fortunately, there are already various avenues through which you can stream HBO on your iPhone or iPad, whether you want to go straight to source or include HBO through one of your existing subscriptions.

If you want the bottom line, the cheapest way for US users to add HBO to an existing service is if you’re a DirecTV Now subscriber. That’s unsurprising when you consider that both services are owned by AT&T. For UK readers, it’s Sky all the way.


The most obvious way to watch HBO on your iPhone or iPad is through the official (and free) HBO app. If you haven’t signed up before you’ll get a free 7-day trial, then it’s $14.99 per month.


Those who subscribe to the DirecTV Now service can get HBO for a temptingly low price. AT&T is raising the prices of its packages by $10 per month, but on the flip side, HBO will be added as standard.


If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you can also bring HBO into the fold for $14.99 per month. Simply go to your accounts page, manage your add-ons and add HBO from the Premium section.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video offers HBO as a standalone channel for Amazon Prime members. Again, signing up for this is just like signing up with HBO, with the same 7-day trial and $14.99 per month payment.

Playstation Vue

Another good option for watching HBO on your iOS device is through PlayStation Vue. Sony’s streaming service isn’t exactly cheap in and of itself, but you can add HBO for a relatively low $15 per month. The $80 Ultra package also includes HBO.

Sky Atlantic/Now TV

For our readers in the UK there’s really only one HBO avenue: Sky. There are a couple of options within that, though. You can add Sky Atlantic is part of your Sky TV subscription and then use the Sky Go app, or sign up to a £7.99 per month Now TV Entertainment Pass – a real bargain.