You can watch HBO live without cable with one of the following four options: Playstation Vue, Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now or HBO Now. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for you. Let’s get started!

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Watch HBO on PlayStation Vue

No PlayStation needed to get Vue
Source: PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue is one of the very best cable alternatives on the market. Here’s a quick look at what it’s all about.

PlayStation Vue Pricing and Packages

The cheapest PlayStation Vue subscription only costs $45. You can add on HBO for an additional $15/month, which will bring your total monthly bill to $60.

For more information about PlayStation Vue’s plans, click here.

Access
5-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

50 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Core
5-Day Free Trial
$49.99/ month

75 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Elite
5-Day Free Trial
$59.99/ month

96 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

SIGN UP
Ultra
5-Day Free Trial
$79.99/ month

98 channels

5 simultaneous streams*

ESPN and Disney

Premium sports

EPIX and FXM

HBO and SHOWTIME

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* You get 3 streams to use in-home or out-of-home streams and 2 extra streams to use in-home.

PlayStation Vue Channels

One of the best things about PlayStation Vue’s channel menu is its strong sports lineup. NBA TV, ESPN and FOX Sports are just a few of the sports channels that PlayStation Vue carries. In addition to HBO, you can also get other premium channels like Cinemax, Showtime and EPIX.

Click here to see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels.

PlayStation Vue Supported Devices

PlayStation Vue has an app for nearly every TV device. The most notable omission is Xbox.

  • TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Android TV (all gens), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (all gens), Chromecast (1st gen and up) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Smart TVs: Amazon Fire TV (all gens), Android TV (all gens) and Roku (firmware 8.0 and up).
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android OS 5.0 and up, iOS 9 and up, and Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are recommended (most recent versions will work).

Click here to learn more about devices that work with PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue Simultaneous Streams

Sony lets all PlayStation Vue customers stream to up to five devices at once. That’s a generous account sharing policy, but there’s a catch: there’s no way to upgrade and get additional simultaneous streams if you need more flexibility.

Click here to learn more about PlayStation Vue’s account sharing policy.

PlayStation Vue DVR

PlayStation Vue has an excellent free, unlimited DVR. You can record as much TV as you want with it. However, your recordings will vanish after four weeks.

Click here to learn more about how PlayStation Vue’s DVR works.

PlayStation Vue On-Demand Library

PlayStation Vue has some on-demand content, but not as much as services that specialize in on-demand like Hulu and Netflix. Many shows that are available on-demand through PlayStation Vue have “catch-up” licenses. In other words, they disappear shortly after they air.

Watch HBO on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu
Source: Hulu

Hulu is another excellent way to catch Game of Thrones episodes. One of Hulu with Live TV’s biggest attractions is its massive library of on-demand content.

Hulu with Live TV Pricing and Packages

There are three different subscription plans you can choose from when you sign up for Hulu with Live TV:

Hulu + Live TV
7-Day Free Trial
$44.99/ month

67 Channels

2 simultaneous streams

ESPN and Disney

SIGN UP

For more information about Hulu with Live TV’s plans, click here.

Hulu with Live TV Channels

HBO costs $15 extra with Hulu with Live TV. That’ll bring your monthly entertainment costs to $60/month if you use this streaming service to watch Game of Thrones.

Click here to see the full list of Hulu with Live TV channels.

Hulu with Live TV Supported Devices

There are Hulu with Live TV apps for just about every type of TV device except PlayStation consoles.

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain Samsung and LG televisions as well as some devices based on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Desktop browsers: Most browsers.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with Hulu with Live TV.

Hulu With Live TV Simultaneous Streams

Hulu with Live TV’s simultaneous stream limit is two devices. On the other hand, a $10/month upgrade gives you the ability to stream most channels to an unlimited number of devices.

Click here to learn more about Hulu with Live TV’s simultaneous stream capabilities.

Hulu with Live TV DVR

Hulu with Live TV’s basic DVR comes with an annoying restriction: you can’t fast forward through commercials. If you get the $15/month DVR upgrade, that restriction goes away. You also get more recording time as well. The free DVR can record 50 hours of TV, but you can record 200 hours of TV with the the upgraded version.

Hulu with Live TV On-Demand Library

If you’re a fan of on-demand content, the fact that all Hulu with Live TV subscribers get full access to Hulu may perk your interest. No other live TV streaming service can compete in this category.

Watch Game of Thrones on DirecTV NOW

DirecTV Now Home Page

Ok, bear with me on this one. I know that DirecTV is well known for their satellite. However, DIRECTV took a page (more like half a page) out of the cord cutter’s handbook with their DIRECTV NOW service, offering up a much cheaper option that works like Sling TV with no need for extra equipment.

If DIRECTV NOW sounds interesting to you, we certainly recommend looking into this option, but if you’re not someone who enjoys sifting through purposefully obscure marketing methods, it’s best to avoid this one.

DirecTV Now Pricing and Packages

  • Plus: 40+ channels / $50 per month. Includes HBO
  • Max: 50+ channels / $70 per month. Includes HBO, Cinemax
  • Entertainment: 65+ channels / $93 per month
  • Choice: 85+ channels / $110 per month
  • Xtra: 105+ channels /  $124 per month
  • Ultimate: 125+ channels / $135 per month

For more information about DirecTV Now plans, click here.

DirecTV Now Channels

DirecTV Now has a very large menu of channels. Just about every cable TV channel you can think of is available.

Click here to see the full list of DirecTV Now channels.

DirecTV Now Supported Devices

DirecTV Now has apps for the following streaming devices:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

Click here to learn more about devices that work with DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now Simultaneous Streams

With DirecTV Now, your default simultaneous stream limit will be two devices. An upgrade gives you three simultaneous streams, but you have to pay more for it.

To learn more about DirecTV Now’s simultaneous streams, click here.

DirecTV Now DVR

DirecTV Now didn’t have a DVR at all until the DirecTV Now 2.0 upgrade gave DirecTV Now subscribers the ability to record up to 20 hours of TV.

Click here to learn more about how DirecTV Now’s DVR works.

DirecTV Now On-Demand Library

DirecTV Now has over 40,000 on-demand shows and movies. With the exception of Hulu with Live TV, most other live TV streaming services only have a small amount of on-demand content.

How to Watch Game of Thrones on Amazon Fire TV

You can watch Game of Thrones on Roku with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now and HBO Now all carry HBO. Just click the app you want and go through the setup process to get started. HBO Now– a $15/month standalone app that gives you access to HBO content– is another option.

How to Watch Game of Thrones on Roku

You can watch Game of Thrones on Roku with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now and HBO Now. Just pick the one you want to try and choose a subscription that includes HBO. If you don’t care about live TV, just get the HBO Now app. It costs $15/month and gives you complete access to HBO originals.

How to Watch Game of Thrones on Apple TV

You can watch Game of Thrones on Roku with one of these streaming services: PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now and HBO Now. Just search the app store and download the streaming service of your choice. If you’re not in the market for a streaming service, just get the HBO Now app. It costs $15/month after your free trial is up.

HBO Now

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If you don’t care about any other cable package or streaming service, you can tack on HBO’s stand-alone streaming option, HBO Now, and watch through the HBO Now app. HBO lists all of the following for where you can add in an HBO Now subscription:

App Store Options:

  • Amazon
  • Apple iTunes
  • Google Play
  • Roku
  • Samsung (smart TVs)

Internet Service Provider Options:

  • Frontier
  • Google Fiber
  • Liberty
  • Optimum
  • Service Electric
  • Verizon

Additional Options:

  • Amazon Channels
  • Hulu
  • PlayStation Vue

You can get HBO Now for free for one month. After that, it’ll cost you $14.99 a month.

How to Maximize Free Options

If you’re trying to watch Game of Thrones Season 7 without cable, but also without having to pay anything, your best option is to use the free trial periods for Sling TV or HBO Now. However, keep in mind that as of this time of writing, Game of Thrones Season 7 has only just begun airing. The current season will not end until August 27th, at which point all ten episodes will be available at once as a packaged deal.

Your best cost-cutting method will be to wait until after August 27th and then start up one of the free trials. For the Sling TV option, you’ll have seven days to completely binge watch all ten episodes. For HBO Now, you’ll have a bit more time given HBO offers up a month of free streaming with that service before you need to pay up.

Sticking With HBO After Free Trials

If you’re a hardcore Game of Thrones fan, you may be coming to HBO’s streaming options just for the fantasy show, and that’s it. However, HBO is far more than Peter Dinklage. Part of HBO’s winning strategy has been to create and market a large amount of in-house and award winning content. In particular, HBO’s focus has been on very edgy dramas with quite a bit of sex appeal, something that other services, such as Netflix, Showtime, Amazon, and Hulu, are all trying to mimic with varying degrees of success.

Beyond Game of Thrones, HBO’s current hit lineup includes:

Westworld

A futuristic drama in which humans pay to spend time in a “Wild West” theme amusement park peopled by life-like, increasingly sentient robots.

IMDb: 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

TV.com: 8.7/10

Silicon Valley

In this comedy, a group of developers attempts to strike it rich by forming a start-up in the California Bay Area.

IMDb: 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

TV.com: 8.7/10

Veep

A political drama following a newly elected US Vice President embattled by politics and dysfunctional relationships.

IMDb: 8.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

TV.com: 5.8/10

Where to Find Earlier Game of Thrones Seasons

Finding older seasons of Game of Thrones is quite a bit easier than finding current season options. While HBO pretty much restricts its newest season to HBO Now or other subscription-based services, you can purchase older episodes a la carte through different locations. Several digital media stores are actually selling older episodes at a discount, so now may be the best time to purchase them if you’re in the market.

This includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

VUDU

VUDU sells Game of Thrones episodes for seasons 1-6. You can buy them per episode, or purchase an entire season. As of this time of writing, VUDU is selling all Game of Thrones seasons for a discounted price. Where some of these seasons would normally cost $29.90 for SD and $39.90 for HD, they’re now available for $19.99, regardless of quality. Yes, that means you can currently get the HD versions of seasons 1-6 of Game of Thrones for $19.99 per season. Quite a deal!

Google Play

You can currently purchase any full season of Game of Thrones on Google Play for $22.99 each. This is obviously not nearly as good a deal as what VUDU is running, but you’ll be able to stream the episodes through your Google account, a much more useful option than the less-popular VUDU.

Amazon

Amazon remains a great place to purchase TV show episodes and seasons. For Game of Thrones, it’s not going to be your best choice, at least for now. Amazon is currently selling previous GoT seasons for $26.99 a season, much higher than what’s offered through Google Play and VUDU, although less than what VUDU offers the seasons without a discount.

iTunes

Apple users can find their Game of Thrones seasons on iTunes. The pricing isn’t the same across each season here, however. You can get the first season of GoT for $19.99 (both HD and SD), while Season 6 will cost you $34.99 for HD and $24.99 for SD. Apple also doesn’t appear to be running any deals for their episodes GoT seasons, which isn’t too surprising, but still worth mentioning if you’re trying to save a bit of money on your purchase.

Fandango Now

You can purchase older Game of Thrones episodes and seasons on Fandango Now. Their pricing scheme is very similar to what currently exists on Apple’s iTunes store. The earliest seasons (1 and 2), sell for $19.99 per season, while Season 6 will set you back $29.99 for the HD and $28.99 for the SD. The price is slightly better than iTunes for the newer seasons, but still not better than what both VUDU and Google Play are both (temporarily) offering.

Have you found another creative way to watch Game of Thrones Season 7 without cable? Let us know, and we’ll add it to our list!

Bonus Options: Keep Cable, but Reduce the Cost

Sometimes, it just might not be possible to lose your cable plan completely. If that’s the case, here are two ways to keep your cable but reduce the cost and still get your HBO options.

HBO Go

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HBO Go is essentially HBO’s app for those who currently have a cable package and want to watch HBO on the go. I know, you just read “cable package” and started cringing. Hang with me here.

In 2014, Fast Company detailed out a way to get HBO Go without the hefty cable package, although you might still need to order a very small package, e.g., the smallest possible cable package that your ISP provides. We’re putting this one here because it’s still a reasonable option to help lower or limit your cable package presence while being able to enjoy HBO.

If you’re like me, you may live in an area where your only decent internet option is a combined cable and internet package. Many ISPs only bundle their good internet plans with cable packages. It’s unfortunate and predatory, especially in regions (like mine) where there’s no competition, but it is what it is.

Instead of ordering the most expensive or even a mid-tier cable package with your internet, you can try to order off of the “secret menu” that many ISP/cable providers, such as Comcast, offer. There are two ways to do that.

Method 1: Know the “password” of sorts, and ask for that specific plan.

What that is for your ISP will vary, but Fast Company lists the following for a some of the larger US ISP/cable providers:

Comcast: “Internet Plus”

Time Warner Cable: “Starter TV+HBO and an Internet plan”

Verizon: “50/25 Mbps + Local News and Sports + HBO (or Showtime)”

AT&T: “HBO Internet Plus”

Method 2: Threaten to switch to another company.

This one may take a few hours and some diligence on your part, but I can attest to its effectiveness as I personally used it a few years ago and shaved off $50/month from my cable package.*

If you live in an area where there’s more than one cable/internet provider, your provider will be willing to negotiate a better deal — but you’ll have to be willing to put in the time to get transferred high enough up the phone chain to get that offer. With Comcast, what I did was call up customer service, explain to them that I was unhappy with my bill and that I wanted a lower bill or I’d leave for another company.

I spent over 2 hours on the phone, going back and forth, frustrated manager after frustrated manager, getting pushed further up the chain of command until I finally got handed off to someone who was actually willing to give me a better deal in exchange for my staying with the company. It resulted in a smaller cable package with the same internet speeds, exactly what I wanted.

*(I should note that I have since moved locations, and Comcast silently used that as an opportunity to push me back into a more expensive cable/internet plan. I’m unfortunately now in a location where they have no competition, so I have no more bargaining power. This whole method hinges on your personal bargaining power and threats to go to another provider.)