HBO Series Game of Thrones

For those who don’t have HBO®, the internet can be a dangerous place. You can’t go anywhere online without the next episode of your favorite show—be it Game of Thrones, Ballers, or Big Little Lies—getting ruined for you.

But if HBO isn’t in your cable package, paying extra money for just a single channel seems silly. And if you’re a cord-cutter, you’re stuck biding your time until the next season hits DVD or Netflix.

Is there a better (translation: cheaper) way to catch the HBO programming you’ve been missing?

Yes. In fact, there are quite a few promotions out there to get HBO at a cheaper price. For example, cord-cutters can find streaming-only options direct from HBO. And if you still can’t justify the cost, there’s even a way to get HBO along with some extra perks through Amazon Prime. There is hope for the HBO-deprived among us!

Keep reading for the best ways to get HBO without breaking the bank.

1. Get HBO included for life with an AT&T Wireless plan.

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According to a recent Pew survey, 95% of Americans own a cellphone and 77% own a smartphone. Since you’re probably already paying for cell service, why not get an included HBO subscription too?

If you aren’t tied to a provider, switch to a qualifying AT&T plan to get included HBO for life. While there are some restrictions on which plan you can choose, all the available options with HBO include unlimited talk, text, and (most importantly) data—perfect for streaming your new HBO subscription.

If unlimited data and included HBO sound like what you’re looking for, find an AT&T Wireless plan that works for you.

2. Get HBO with an add-on subscription.

Nearly every cable television provider allows customers to add on HBO to existing packages. This is probably the easiest way for most people to pick up HBO. Some providers also offer promotional pricing or special deals to get HBO free for a certain period (usually a few months). Others offer HBO with upper-tier packages with no extra fee required.

For most people, adding on HBO to your existing package is the best way to get it. It’s simple to add it on to a package, you don’t have to worry about a separate bill, and it’s generally less of a hassle than other options.

Find out which TV providers offer HBO for the best price.

Here’s the breakdown of each provider with prices and the packages we recommend to get the most bang for your buck.

Jump to: AT&T | Cox | DIRECTV | DISH | Frontier | Mediacom | Optimum | RCN | Spectrum | Xfinity

Get HBO with AT&T U-verse

  • HBO Promotional Price: Free for the first three months
  • HBO Regular Price: $17.99 per month after promotional period
  • Recommended Package: U-verse U300 (470+ channels for $60.00 per month)

Get HBO with Cox

  • HBO Promotional Price: Included with the Silver Triple Play bundle starting at $109.99 per month
  • HBO Regular Price: $10.00 per month
  • Recommended Package: Silver Triple Play (140+ channels, 300 Mbps internet, and unlimited nationwide calling for $109.99 per month)

Get HBO with DIRECTV

  • HBO Promotional Price: Free for the first three months
  • HBO Regular Price: $17.99 per month after promotional period
  • Recommended Package: DIRECTV ULTIMATE (245+ channels for $60.00 per month)

Get HBO with DISH

  • HBO Promotional Price: Free for the first three months
  • HBO Regular Price: $15.00 per month after promotional period
  • Recommended Package: America’s Top 250™ (290+ channels for $89.99 per month)

Get HBO with Frontier

  • HBO Promotional Price: Free for one year for new FiOS and Vantage TV subscribers
  • HBO Regular Price: $19.99 per month after promotional period
  • Recommended Package: FiOS TV Extreme HD (375+ channels for $86.99 per month)

Get HBO with Mediacom

  • HBO Promotional Price: None
  • HBO Regular Price: $18.95 per month
  • Recommended Package: FamilyTV + Internet 60 + HBO add-on (225+ channels and 60 Mbps internet for $89.98 per month + $18.95 per month for HBO)

Get HBO with Optimum

  • HBO Promotional Price: Included in the Optimum Premier bundle starting at $104.95 per month
  • HBO Regular Price: $14.99 per month
  • Recommended Package: Optimum Select TV (340+ channels for $74.95 per month)

Get HBO with RCN

  • HBO Promotional Price: None
  • HBO Regular Price: $15.95 per month
  • Recommended Package: RCN Signature TV + HBO add-on (295+ channels for $64.99 per month + $15.95 per month for HBO)

Get HBO with Spectrum

  • HBO Promotional Price: Included with the Silver Triple Play bundle starting at $109.97 per month
  • HBO Regular Price: $15.00 per month
  • Recommended Package: TV Silver (175+ channels for $84.99 per month)

Get HBO with Xfinity

  • HBO Promotional Price: Included in the Digital Premier package starting at $104.99 per month
  • HBO Regular Price: $15.00 per month
  • Recommended Package: Digital Premier (260+ channels starting at $104.99 per month)

You can also add HBO to a PlayStation Vue streaming subscription for $15.00 per month or your Hulu subscription for $14.99 per month if you already have those services and don’t want a separate bill.

To see if any of these offers are available in your area, enter your zip code below.

3. Get HBO NOW for à la carte HBO.

If you’re a cord-cutter or your cable company doesn’t offer HBO, HBO NOW is an excellent option for getting HBO (and only HBO) with no strings attached—including contracts. Many TV providers lock you into a contract in exchange for promotional pricing, but not HBO NOW. HBO NOW is $14.99 per month, which includes a one-month free trial.

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HBO NOW is a streaming service that provides access to both new content and the entire back catalog of HBO programming. It’s an affordable option if you look at just the monthly fee, but you’ll need a reliable, speedy internet connection to stream it.

How much internet speed do you need to stream HBO NOW? The New America Foundation indicates the average price for 15–20 Mbps internet speed (the minimum you’ll need to stream HBO NOW in HD) will cost $41.95 per month. So, if you’re looking to add just HBO and already have high-speed internet access, this might be your best option. If your internet connection is on the slower end (think DSL), you might find that HBO NOW ends up costing you more than $14.99 per month because you’ll need to upgrade your internet service to get a good streaming experience.

You’ll also need a device that can run the HBO NOW app. There are quite a few, so odds are you have one already, but make sure you do before signing up. Here’s a list of the most common devices that work with the app.

  • Windows or Mac computer (with the latest version of either Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Internet Explorer 10)
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (running iOS 8 or later)
  • Android phone or tablet (running Android 4.1 or later)
  • Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick
  • Apple TV (second generation or later)
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4
  • Roku (second generation or later)
  • Xbox One or Xbox 360

Unfortunately, although it’s a common request, it’s currently not possible to stream HBO on connected Blu-ray players—maybe one day.

 Check out the complete list of compatible HBO NOW devices.

Heads up: HBO GO and HBO NOW are two completely different services. HBO GO is the mobile app for those who already subscribe to HBO through a cable provider and want to stream programming to their mobile devices and Roku or TiVo. HBO NOW is the standalone streaming service that delivers all the current programming for a monthly fee.

4. Get a discount on HBO through Amazon Prime.

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If you need a little more incentive to grab an HBO subscription, check out Amazon Prime. The Amazon subscription service allows customers to add an HBO subscription for $14.99 per month. You can then stream HBO using the HBO GO app mentioned above, just like if you subscribed through your cable provider. While it’s a bigger price tag than just adding HBO to your existing cable TV package, you also get perks—lots and lots of perks.

  • Free Two-Day Shipping (and heavily discounted Next-Day Shipping) on tons of items—If you buy a lot from Amazon, Prime shipping can make up the cost of Prime on its own.
  • Movie and TV streaming with Prime Video—You can access both a library of free offerings and purchase programming to watch on any device.
  • Unlimited ad-free music streaming from the Prime catalog
  • Unlimited photo storage in the Amazon Cloud
  • Early access to Amazon Lightning Deals and other special offers
  • Access to hundreds of thousands of free e-books

Amazon Prime is available for $99.99 per year or $12.99 per month. You can also subscribe to just Prime Video for $8.99 per month. Prime Video is a great service in its own right, with quite a few original series, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. It can be streamed on most of the same devices as HBO.

Say Goodbye to the Fear of Spoilers

Getting HBO in your life doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think it’ll be. There are several great ways to get HBO at a more affordable price, depending on whether you need a lot of other cable channels or none at all. Examine the options available, weigh the extras you want, and then sit back and enjoy some of the best programming on TV. Just don’t wait too long if you want to watch Game of Thrones season 8 next year.

You don’t have to keep missing out on the hottest shows on TV. Enter your zip code below to find the providers available in your area that offer the cheapest HBO packages.