How to stream HBO & HBO Now in Australia

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Do you like gratuitous violence and lots of big/little lies? Or perhaps you’re a stickler for mobsters throwing their sworn enemies into a river? HBO, which stands for Home Box Office, has arguably been the premier destination for premium entertainment for well over a decade now. From Game of Thrones to WestworldThe Sopranos to Big Little Lies, HBO has been behind some of the biggest smash hits in television history. So how can you get it in Australia, how much does it cost and is it worth the fuss? Read on to find out more.

How do I get HBO in Australia?

Barring the use of several workarounds such as a VPN to access US streaming, there is currently no way to access the HBO channel in Australia legally, unless you go through Foxtel and the ‘Fox Showcase’ channel.

Amazon Prime Video also grants access to HBO to US residents, but this content is blocked in Australia; the service has even gone so far as to detect VPNs, making it harder to get access to the juicy stuff. So, it’s pretty well established that to get HBO shows you pretty much have to get Foxtel.

How to Get Fox Showcase on Foxtel

The cheapest way to get the Showcase channel through Foxtel is through its streaming service Foxtel Now. Within Foxtel Now there are several channel packs starting at $10; to get the ‘Fox Showcase’ channel, thereby giving you access to HBO content, you’ll need to hop onto the ‘Drama’ pack, which costs $15 a month. HBO shows on Showcase include:

The alternative is to get traditional fixed Foxtel with any of the packs that include the ‘Drama’ pack. Currently the Drama pack is included on all four of Foxtel’s bundles, otherwise you could easily build your own package. Foxtel often includes discounts, included installation and more.

If you’re hunting for a new internet plan, another option is to bundle Foxtel internet and entertainment together. Check out our NBN comparison tool here for latest deals:

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Showcase Streaming

We’ve established that Showcase through Foxtel is the only way to get HBO content without a VPN and totally legally, but there are several other caveats to the service that may be of interest:

  • 4K Streaming: Showcase currently does not stream in 4K, but does stream in HD. With the arrival of Foxtel’s first channels in 4K in late 2018, it’s probably only a matter of time until Showcase is.
  • HBO Australia Arrival Date: HBO currently has a deal with Foxtel, hence why its own service is not available in Australia.
  • Connectivity: Showcase is able to be streamed through Chromecast and Foxtel Now allows you to stream two devices at once, enabling account sharing.

HBO has enjoyed a fairly long-running partnership with Foxtel, and until that partnership is relinquished, it seems unlikely for there to be any real alternatives in Australia.

HBO Now in Australia

HBO Now is HBO’s streaming service, and it’s available in many countries… but not Australia. Surprise, surprise! HBO Now grants access to the channel’s entire library of content, including original series, sports, documentaries, comedies and more. It was launched in 2015 and has expanded to European countries, among others, but still no service for Aussies. For those with other means of acquisition – such as a VPN – HBO Now costs USD $15 per month and supports three simultaneous streams. With conversion rates considered, this makes the service more expensive than Netflix and Stan, as well as Foxtel Now’s Drama pack.

Telstra, Foxtel Now and HBO

Telstra offers add-on Foxtel packages as a bundle with broadband plans, where $90 can get you unlimited data plus a couple Foxtel packs added on.  You can also sign up to Foxtel Now from $25 per month in addition to your Telstra plan.

The below table features a selection of Telstra NBN plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a wider range of telco providers. These are products with links to a referral partner.

HBO in Australia – The Final Straw

Aussies admittedly have it pretty tough when it comes to streaming US content. HBO Now is famously one of the only services notably absent from the landscape, and this is due to its partnership with Foxtel. To get HBO content on Foxtel you’ll need to get access to the Showcase channel, which is found on the Essentials (Pop) pack on Foxtel Now or the Drama pack on normal Foxtel.

For the technologically inclined, those with a VPN may be able to bypass local IP blocking and get access to US HBO Now, but it’s a grey area at best and you’ll have to do your research here. Nevertheless, HBO has birthed some strongly desirable and addictive content, including Game of Thrones amid countless other shows. Those who are determined to watch it will either front up the money for Foxtel or find any other means necessary.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Disney+ is the new talk of the streaming world, so how can you get a subscription? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
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Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
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Stream Sports with Kayo

Love streaming? Love sports? Kayo is a new streaming platform that provides access to a wealth of sports, from basketball to cricket, motorsports and soccer. Click ‘go to site’ for more details.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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Premium Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

3No. of Screens /same time viewing $35
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription

  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
  • Available to Telstra customers only. Offer ends 30.09.20. T&Cs Apply
  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time – Add up to 5 profiles

min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $25/mth

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25
$15
Advertised Cost/month
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