How to Watch HBO in UK (Easy Guide in 2020)

How to Watch HBO in UK (Easy Guide in 2020)

A week ago, you arrived in the UK, and everything is going according to plan. After spending a busy week at office, it’s your binge party time to watch Chernobyl on HBO. But at the moment you open the HBO app, it says “Not in Service Area.”

HBO GO Geo-restriction error in UK

HBO NOW geo-blocked error in United Kingdom

HBO MAX Geo restriction error in United Kingdom

This happens because HBO is geo-blocked and only available in the USA. However, Sky Atlantic offers some content of HBO originals like West World in the UK. But you need to subscribe to the service, which is quite expensive.

And why pay a hefty amount to access few TV shows when you can get a complete list of HBO libraries?

Below I will explain how you can watch HBO in UK with the help of a VPN. Also, a list of best VPNs that are working to unblock HBO UK in 2020. So without any delay, let’s dive in:

What is the Difference Between HBO GO, HBO NOW and HBO MAX

HBO offers three VOD services known as HBO GO, HBO NOW, and recently launched HBO MAX to watch shows like Silicon Valley, The Wire, Game of Thrones, and more.

But there are some terms and conditions to access these services online. This is why before getting into steps to access HBO in UK, it is important to find out which HBO streaming service is suitable to access in UK via VPN:

HBO GO

HBO GO is an online streaming service for those users who have HBO Cable TV subscription. You can use the same account credentials to use HBO GO on your mobile devices while traveling without paying an additional amount. But you can’t access the HBO GO if you don’t have cable TV provider subscription.

HBO NOW

HBO NOW is a stand-alone VOD service that offers all the content available on HBO GO. This means you can get HBO NOW subscription just like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus without having TV providers or satellite TV packages.

HBO MAX

Like HBO NOW, MAX is also a VOD streaming service that offers all the content available on HBO GO plus 10000 hours of WarnerMedia content. It means along with all the HBO originals, you can also watch content from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, DC, and shows like Casablanca, The Big Bang Theory, and more.

And if you are an HBO NOW subscriber, you can access HBO MAZ service with the same account without paying any additional amount. Additionally, in most parts of the USA, HBO NOW is no longer available on App Store, and when you search for the app, it will show you the HBO MAX app as an only download option.

App Store showing HBO MAX when you search for HBO NOW app

This means those who already have HBO cable TV subscription, accessing HBO GO in UK makes more sense to them. And those who don’t have HBO subscription yet, must go for HBO NOW or HBO MAX service before using it in UK with the help of a VPN.

Quick Steps: How to Watch HBO in UK via VPN

Follow these steps to watch HBO GO, HBO NOW or HBO MAX in UK:

  1. First, find the best VPN service to watch HBO in the UK and subscribe to it (I highly recommend Surfshark).
  2. Now download the VPN app and log-in with your account username and password.
  3. Connect to the USA server from the list (Surfshark’s Tested Servers for HBO UK: Latham, Denver, Boston, and Atlanta).
  4. Now head to HBO GO, HBO NOW, or HBO MAX website or app and sign-in with your account credentials and start watching your favorite show on HBO in the UK.

This is how you can access your favorite HBO VOD service in UK. But keep this thing in mind, VPN will not let you stream HBO without a subscription.

Why You Will Need A VPN to Access HBO in UK

In plain language, the internet connection we use has our local IP address. And on the other hand, to follow the content geo-distribution policies, HBO uses an IP tracking tool to block the access of all the users who are trying to access GO, NOW, and MAX outside of the USA.

This is why, when you try to access HBO in the UK, it triggers the IP tracking system and immediately bans you based on your local IP address.

But in this modern age, thanks to a VPN service. A VPN service allows you to hide your local IP address and change it with the one where the service is available such as USA in our case. So, when you connect to USA server via VPN, it tricks the HBO’s IP tracking system that you are residing somewhere in UK and thus allows you to access HBO in UK. However, as we discussed in HBO Australia and HBO NZ blogs, not all VPNs enable you to access geo-blocked VOD services like HBO as they do not offer streaming protocols and servers at all.

But you don’t have to worry because I already listed the best HBO VPNs to access in the UK after testing multiple VPN providers.

Best HBO VPNs to Watch in UK

1.Surfshark-#1 Best HBO VPN to Watch in UK

This provider ticks all the boxes when it comes to streaming geo-block services like HBO at such affordable prices. With Surfshark, you can access up to 1700+ servers located in 60+ countries, including 200+ USA servers to access HBO, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and more in the UK. Also, there is no risk to try this service as it offers 30-day money-back guarantee along with unlimited simultaneous connections on a single account.

2.ExpressVPN-Fastest VPN to Unblock HBO in UK

ExpressVPN is leading the VPN industry because of blazing-fast servers and mind-blowing unblocking features. Though this provider is quite expensive, but there is no match when it comes to performance and speedy servers to access your favorite streaming service from anywhere.

It offers 3000+ servers in 90+ countries, including 300+ US servers to unblock HBO and almost every geo-block streaming services in UK. With Express, you will get five simultaneous connections along with a 30-day straight-forward money-back guarantee.

3.PureVPN-Best Working VPN to Watch HBO in UK

PureVPN up its game when you talk about unblocking VOD services. According to ScreenBinge testing, Pure successfully unblocks HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO MAX in UK. It offers 2000+ servers in 140+ countries, including 250+ servers in USA to watch your favorite streaming services like HBO, American Netflix, CBS, and more in the UK. With PureVPN, you will get up to 10 simultaneous connections on a single subscription. And best of all, there is no risk to try this service as it offers no question asked 31-day money-back guarantee.

Can I Watch HBO in UK with a Free VPN?

No. According to ScreenBinge testing, I haven’t found a single free VPN service that works with HBO to watch in the UK.

And when I start digging more about these free VPNs, I found the following reasons why they fail to unblock HBO and other VOD services in the UK:

First, most of these free VPNs offer very limited servers to access that are already blocked by HBO and don’t replace them often as premium VPNs do. This is why when you try to access HBO in UK, with the help of a free VPN service, it shows your geo-restriction error.

Second, if any of the new free VPN enters the market and surprisingly allows you to access the content, there is a high chance that you might face buffering and poor quality video issues.

Third, running a VPN service incurs a considerable cost, and these free VPNs cover this cost by selling your data to advertising agencies and social platforms.

Fourth, during testing, I found out the majority of free VPNs do not use industry-standard encryption protocols or do not use encryption protocols at all.

Because of all these reasons, I always recommend using premium VPN services like Surfshark, ExpressVPN, and PureVPN.

On What Devices Can I Watch HBO in UK?

You can enjoy your favorite HBO shows and movies on the following devices:

  • Windows 7 or later
  • macOS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later
  • Google OS
  • Android mobiles, smart TV and tablets
  • iOS
  • Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, Fire TV Cube
  • Amazon Fire Tablets (4rth Generation or later)
  • Browsers: latest version of Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari 10 or later, and Internet Explorer 11 (Windows 10 only)
  • Roku devices 3rd Generation or later
  • Samsung Smart TV with Tizen OS (2015 or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • PS4

 

Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on HBO in UK

Here is the list of best shows and movies that you can watch on HBO GO, HBO NOW or HBO MAX in United Kingdom:

Best TV Shows

  • Game of Thrones
  • Chernobyl
  • True Detective
  • Silicon Valley
  • West World
  • The Sopranos
  • The Wire
  • I Know This Much is True
  • Doom Patrol
  • Watchmen

Best Movies

  • Ready or Not
  • Doctor Sleep
  • Joker
  • Scoob
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • John Wick: Chapter 3
  • Good Boys
  • Shazam
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Bohemian Rhapsody

FAQS

Is HBO available in the UK?

In 2020, Sky has an exclusive deal with HBO to broadcast popular TV series in United Kingdom and other European countries. However, it is quite expensive as compared to HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO MAX subscription.

Can you watch HBO on Amazon Prime UK?

Yes, you can watch HBO content through the Amazon Prime Video channel. However, bear in mind that HBO is still only available in the US. Therefore, if you are residing in UK, you still need to use a VPN to access it.

What channel is HBO in UK?

Sky Atlantic is the house of HBO in the UK. Sky has the exclusive local rights to broadcast HBO TV shows and movies in the UK. However, watching HBO through Sky is expensive as compared to HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO MAX subscriptions.

 

How do I get HBO Max in the UK?

As of now, HBO MAX is only available in the USA. However, you can still get the HBO MAX by creating the US iTunes account in the United Kingdom. But keep this thing in mind that you need an American payment method such as US PayPal or American Express to pay for HBO MAX subscription in the UK.

 

Final Thoughts

I hope after reading this blog, now you know how to watch HBO GO, HBO NOW, or HBO MAX in the UK. With the use of one of the mentioned above VPN services, you can access HBO service from anywhere around the world.

But keep this thing in mind that using a VPN does not mean you can access HBO for free. If you still have any queries, you can ask me by mentioning it in the comment section below. Happy Binging!

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Salman Ahmed
Salman Ahmed

A tech geek, movie buff, a binge watcher, and online gaming enthusiast. Salman Ahmed loves to blog about all the latest movies, TV shows, trends and happenings in the IT industry.