This post comes from Elizabeth Harper of partner site DealNews.com.
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.
Navigating free HBO trials
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:
- You’ll likely have to provide a credit card number. Cancel before the end of your trial period to avoid being charged.
- HBO free trials are mostly limited to new subscribers. However, in certain cases, returning subscribers can take advantage of an offer. You can sometimes sidestep the new-subscriber requirement with a new email address, too.
Now that you’ve got the basics, you’re ready to sign up.
7 ways to watch HBO for free
1. Sign up for an HBO fee trial on Hulu
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 one-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).
2. Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime
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.
3. Sign up for an HBO trial via AT&T WatchTV
AT&T’s WatchTV is yet another streaming service that offers HBO as an add-on. New subscribers can stack seven-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.
4. Call your cable or satellite provider
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.
5. Watch free episodes on HBO
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).
6. Watch free clips on YouTube
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.
7. Use select AT&T Unlimited plans
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.
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- “Your Complete Guide to Amazon Prime Video“
- “How Does Vudu Work? Start Watching Vudu Free Movies Today!“
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