Learn how to watch HBO in Australia
Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.
When it comes to watching movies and TV shows from around the world, Aussies get a pretty rough deal.
Not only are a lot of shows and movies released late but you also need to pay extortionate prices to access them.
HBO is one network that isn’t directly available in Australia and unless you’ve got a cable subscription to the likes of Telstra or Foxtel you could miss out on a lot of the great HBO shows.
The great news is you don’t need an expensive cable subscription to watch HBO in Australia and even better still there’s a simple way you can watch the HBO service direct from America. This allows you to watch many shows before they even hit Australian shores.
Below I’ll show you how.
Step 1: Choose a VPN service
To watch HBO in Australia you’ll need to use a VPN app. This lets you mask your real location and make it seem like you’re in America.
A VPN is a completely legal privacy app that lets you disguise your location unblocking HBO in Australia.
If you search ‘VPN’ on Google you’ll hit hundreds of different providers and knowing which to choose can be a minefield.
I tested a whole bunch of them with HBO until I was all tested out and found that ExpressVPN works the best.
There were a couple of other standout choices and I narrowed them down to these three:
- ExpressVPN – Other readers recommend for ease of use
Pick one and sign up then read the next step to learn how the VPN app lets you watch HBO in Australia.
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Step 2: Download the VPN app
Now you’re signed up you’ll need to download the VPN app.
Follow the steps below to do just that. In this example, I’m using ExpressVPN but you can use any of the three VPN services from above.
- If you haven’t already signed up for a VPN then do so by clicking here.
- Then go to the ‘Products’ section of the ExpressVPN website and download their app for your device. They have apps for Android, Apple iOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux and the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- Open the app and login with your account details.
- Press ‘Choose Location‘ (1) and then ‘United States‘ (2).
- Press ‘Connect‘ (3).
Once you’re connected to the VPN app you’ll need to sign up for the HBO Now service.
Step 3: Sign up for HBO Now
You now need to sign up for the HBO service. You can get a free 7-day trial to see it working.
Follow the steps below to sign up for HBO Now. Make sure you’re still connected to the VPN from ExpressVPN or one of the other providers.
- Visit the HBO Now website and click ‘Start your free trial‘.
- Enter your email address, choose a password and enter your first and last name.
- Then enter ‘90210‘ in Zip Code and agree to the terms and conditions. Then press ‘Create Account‘
- Enter your credit / debit card details. Choose ‘California’ as your city and enter ‘90210’ as your Zip Code.
- Press to continue.
Your HBO Now account is now created.
You can sign in with your account details and watch all the shows and movies on HBO Now.
If you don’t wish to keep the service then remember to cancel before 7 days pass. If you do however want to keep it then you don’t need to do anything and your first payment will be taken after the 7-day trial has finished.
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It sounds complicated, is it?
Using a VPN and signing up for HBO is super easy. You can be watching HBO in Australia within just a few minutes.
If you’re not quite sure take a look at our example video below.
Remember, all you need for this is a simple VPN app from ExpressVPN, NordVPN or IPVanish and you can watch all the HBO content in Australia (yes, even including the latest season of Game of Thrones!)
What devices can I watch HBO on?
You can watch HBO on almost all major devices.
It’s easiest to stream on your computer or laptop because you don’t need any additional apps.
However, you can download the HBO Now app if you want to watch on other devices like Android and Apple phones and tablets or the Amazon Fire TV Stick etc.
What can I watch on HBO?
Now you’ve got an account you can watch all of the movies and TV shows on the HBO Now service.
This means you can binge watch every season of Game of Thrones including the latest, watch other series like Ballers, Deadwood, Girls, Hung, Oz, The Pacific and more.
There’s also an extensive movie section which gives Netflix a run for its money covering everything from Action to Comedy, Drama to Romance and more.
Plus if you’ve got little nippers there’s even a Kids section which has a variety of movies and shows including Sesame Street containing a full 8 years of shows plus some classic years.
In Summary: How to watch HBO in Australia
Watching HBO in Australia is stress and hassle free.
You’ll need a simple VPN app from a provider such as ExpressVPN and a credit or debit card to sign up for HBO Now.
Grab ExpressVPN using the link below and sign up. Then connect to the United States. Once you’re connected you can sign up for HBO Now allowing you to enjoy all your favourite HBO shows and more in Australia.
See, that really wasn’t that hard, was it?
What’s your favourite HBO show? I’m a Game of Thrones fan myself but I would love to hear what you’ll be streaming in Australia now you’ve got unlimited HBO access.