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You can sign up for an HBO subscription through your cable provider, via streaming services, or directly at the source with HBO Now. However, the monthly cost of $14.99 means watching new episodes of Westworld could be a pricey venture.
Want to know how to get HBO for free instead? Then read on to see the places that offer an HBO free trial, free content, or HBO as an included perk. Plus, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started.
It's a little complicated to hop from one HBO free trial to another while you try to keep up with your favorite shows. Before you sign up for any trial account, you should take these things into consideration:
Now that you've got the basics, you're ready to sign up.
Hulu is one of the streaming services that offers HBO as an add-on. If you're already a Hulu subscriber, signing up this way could be more convenient than creating an HBO account. You'll only get a 1-week trial, though, so this one is better if you're primarily interested in Hulu. After the trial, you'll pay $14.99 per month (on top of the price for your Hulu subscription).
Prime Video includes a handful of HBO shows. There was previously talk that HBO wouldn't renew the deal after it ended in mid-2018. However, as of this writing, you can still watch select HBO shows with Amazon Prime.
If you want current HBO shows and movies, HBO content is available as an add-on — and you can sign up for an HBO free trial via Amazon, though it's a scant seven days. After the trial, you'll pay the standard $14.99 per month for an Amazon HBO subscription, plus the fee for your Prime subscription.
AT&T's WatchTV is yet another streaming service that offers HBO as an add-on. New subscribers can stack 7-day free trials of WatchTV and HBO, which could be long enough to get in some decent binge-watching.
After the trial, expect to pay $17.99 per month for HBO, in addition to $15 for your WatchTV subscription. The budget streaming service offers around 40 channels of live TV. If you want more premium channels, you can add Cinemax, Showtime, or Starz.
Are you still a cable or satellite customer? Then you may be able to work out a sweet deal by giving your provider a call. If your service (or a competitor) is offering free HBO to new subscribers, you may be able to talk them into giving you the same deal. If you aren't opposed to stretching the truth a bit, saying your cable package is too expensive or that you're thinking about switching providers can help you get freebies.
You'll often find cable and satellite deals that let you get free HBO for up to three months. For example, DirecTV is offering three months of HBO for free with select plans. (Three months of Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, and Epix are included, too.) What's more, you can stream HBO to all your devices via HBO Go, just like you would if you signed up through a streaming service.
So how much is HBO Go and HBO via cable? After the trial, you'll typically pay around $15 per month plus the cost of cable, though some services offer packages that cut the price.
HBO offers a ton of content for free on its website. This is typically limited to premiere episodes, so you'll get hooked. That said, it's a good way to get a taste of what HBO has before signing up for a full-fledged subscription (or trial).
Although the selection of available content is pretty limited, HBO posts a lot of show clips to YouTube. Along with trailers and previews, you can watch HBO's talk shows without paying a dime. Both Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Real Time with Bill Maher post segments to YouTube — they aren't full episodes, but they do tend to catch the best moments.
AT&T wireless customers on the Unlimited Elite plan can receive HBO as an included perk. Plus, some retired AT&T unlimited plans include HBO. If you're looking to upgrade to the Unlimited Elite plan or are already using one of the eligible retired plans, it's definitely a nice bonus.
Readers, how do you save on premium movie channels? Let us know in the comments below!