Published on April 15th, 2019 📆 | 5717 Views ⚑0
How to watch HBO Now outside US right now (DNS Proxy or VPN?)
HBO Now is the recently-released (and hence new) Video on Demand online streaming service.
The first thing you should know about HBO Now is that it is different from the HBO Go service.
HBO Now is different from HBO Go in the sense that users do not need to sign up for an expensive cable service package in order to actually watch HBO Now.
With that said, readers should also now that currently, users living outside the US cannot watch HBO Now.
In other words, it is not available there.
So to answer the question of how can you watch HBO Now right now and outside the US is:
Make use of a VPN service or a Smart DNS proxy service.
Change your location.
And you are mostly done.
With a tool like VPN or smart DNS proxy service you can not only unblock HBO Now abroad but also all other streaming services that employ similar blocking strategies.
With the help of a VPN service you can watch HBO Now is countries such as,
How to quickly and easily watch HBO Now outside the US with the help of a VPN service?
In order to acquire a US IP address, you need a VPN. That is something we have already established.
When you have a US IP address you should have no problems in unblocking HBO Now outside the US.
As mentioned just now, a VPN service wouldn’t just allow you to have a US IP address in one country.
It would enable you to have that in all the countries that the service covers.
That is why it is important for you to sign up for a VPN service provider that covers countries such as Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, France, and the UK.
We don’t want to list all the countries in which VPN services now work, but generally speaking, they work in all countries.
As alluded to before as well, all you need to do to watch HBO Now outside the US is to sign up for a VPN service provider and then connect to a server that is located in the US.
After that it is all a matter of letting the VPN service do its thing and spoof one’s real location to something that will point the user to the exact place where a service like HBO Now needs the user to be at, in order to grant him/her access to the service’s high-end and premium catalog.
Step by step guide on how to watch HBO Now abroad and outside the US
- Sign up for a good VPN service provider.
Click here to take a look at some of the best VPN service providers in the world right now.
- Download and then install the official VPN client of your VPN service provider on your HBO Now streaming machine/device.
- Then sign in to your VPN app with your new VPN credentials.
- Then connect to a VPN server that is located in the US since you want to watch HBO Now.
The process would have changed if you had wanted to connect to, let’s say, BBC iPlayer outside the UK. In that case, we would have advised you to connect to a server that was located in the UK rather than the US since it would have been a UK streaming service that you would have wanted to access.
- In any case, after you have connected to a VPN server located in the United States of America, then you simply need to launch the streaming service HBO Now.
- And that is it.
If you have followed all the steps in order and correctly, you should have no issues when trying to watch HBO Now and all of the original content that it offers to users from any given place in the world outside the US.
But which VPN service is best for HBO Now?
Well, there is not a single simple answer to that question.
Allow us to explain.
For the past five years or so, the VPN service market has saturated.
Like a lot.
And now we are at a point where the industry offers many good VPN service providers for every kind of job and every kind of user.
So there is simply no way for us or for anyone else to simply recommend a single VPN service provider either for HBO Now or for any other streaming service.
However, what we have done to counter that is to review almost all the major VPN service providers in the market.
There are many contenders such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN.
But we don’t like to restrict users to these.
What we do instead is let the users decide for themselves which VPN service would work for them.
We do that by referring them to a guide that briefly explains the strong points and weak spots of a given VPN service.
Click here to read that guide right now.
Apart from that, you should know that a good VPN service is not the one that is the fastest or offers the most features.
The best VPN service for any streaming service is the one that is reliable.
Reliable in its performance and reliable in its security features.
Moreover, you should always try to sign up for a VPN service that offers you unlimited bandwidth if you are going to use the VPN service for a lot of media-heavy and/or streaming tasks.
A good VPN service also offers a money back guarantee.
We suggest that you go with a VPN service that at least offers a seven-day money back guarantee.
Apart from that, there really isn’t much that you need to know if you want to use a VPN service to watch HBO Now abroad.
Top benefits of using a VPN service for people who want to watch HBO Now outside the US
As alluded to before as well, a VPN stands for Virtual Private network.
You should think of a VPN as an internet tool for people who want a service to redirect their online internet traffic via a remote VPN server that belongs to the service in another location on the map.
We have already mentioned the things that you should look for while signing up for a good VPN service.
If you make sure that you sign up only for those VPN services that offer those features, you will give yourself the best chance of signing up for a VPN service that is good and gives you the maximum amount of benefit for your money.
To further add to those features, we believe that a good VPN for HBO Now is the one that offers a good number of servers not only in the US but also in other countries.
With that out of the way, here are some of the benefits that you stand to exploit if you sign up for a good VPN for HBO Now.
- With a VPN service, you stand a chance of channeling all of the online traffic that you generate via a VPN server in the US.
Because of that, you can unlock other streaming services such as Hulu Plus, WWE Network, FXNow, Sling TV, CBS All Access and US Netflix.
Apart from that, you can also unlock various other channels that only broadcast their stuff in the US.
- VPN services now offer dedicated and custom-made VPN apps on various different platforms such as iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, and PC.
If, for some reason, you have a desire to unlock HBO Now on devices such as Apple TV, all you have to do is to install the VPN service on a router that supports VPN services.
- VPN services encrypt all of the user’s traffic.
And because of that, it increases online security and privacy.
With that said, it is also true that VPN services do slow down the speed of the user’s internet connection slightly.
How to install HBO Now app in Australia, the UK, Canada (or basically any place outside the US)
If you catch one of those discount seasons that are on offer so often in a given season, you might actually get HBO Now for free for a single month.
However, in order to have a chance of winning a one-month subscription for free, you need to make sure that you go to the application center of your device and download (and then install) the official HBO Now application and sign up there as well.
For people who do not live in the US, they need to read the stuff that we will mention below.
Before moving on though, perhaps we should mention that you should always make sure that you have connected to the required VPN server as the first step that you take.
How to get the official HBO app on iPad and iPhone?
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that in order to have the chance of installing any given US app on a given iOS device, the user will first have to find a way to sign up for an official US iTunes account.
There are many guides on the internet that detail how to about signing up for a valid and legitimate American Apple ID and that too without the use of an American credit card.
Or you can just click here to learn how to change your Apple ID region to the US.
How to get the official HBO app on the Android platform
In simple terms, what you need to do is to find a way to change your current and existing region on Google Play Store. You need to change it to the US.
Click here to read a guide on that.
Once you do, you should have no problems in installing various American Android applications on your tablet or smartphone.
How to get the official HBO app on your Microsoft Xbox One?
Well, as should be obvious, to get started on installing HBO App on one’s Microsoft Xbox One, you will first have to find a way to change your video game console’s region to the US.
Get Googling because there are a lot of guides on the internet that teach you how to do it.
How to get the official HBO app on PS3 or PS4?
Okay, so this is where you will need to have an American and valid PSN account.
Only then can you take advantage of all the American apps on your Sony PlayStation video game consoles.
Again, the internet is filled with guides on how one should go about signing up for a valid and working US PlayStation Network official account.
How to easily install American applications on your Apple TV?
The case here is pretty much the same as it is with any other device running the iOS operating system.
In order to create a valid and working US Apple ID account, you will need to follow a relevant guide on the internet.
Only then can you access American content on your iTunes Store and then get that on your Apple TV.
How to quickly install the official HBO app on your Roku?
The theme remains the same.
You need to find a way to create a US Roku account.
Again, the internet is your friend.
So get searching.
After that, you can easily stream American channels on your own Roku internet-enabled streaming device.
How to easily install the official HBO on your Samsung Smart TV?
You need to follow another guide on how to change one’s Samsung Smart TV region.
Preferably you should change it to the USA.
Again, get Googling on how to change the Samsung Smart TV set region.
When you have changed your region then you need to move quickly and add various US channels such as Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and HBO GO.
That way you will have a much fuller Smart TV Hub.
How to quickly install the official HBO app on a Sony Smart TV if you live outside the US?
Well, click here to read a guide on how to change the region of your (probably very expensive even if you got it a black Friday) Sony Smart TV set.
It goes without saying that you need to change the region to the US to install US apps if you live outside the United States of America.
How to easily install the official HBO app on your Amazon Fire Stick?
Well, if you would like to add the various American applications on your working Amazon Fire TV, you will first have to set up a valid Amazon account (an American Amazon account) by making use of a US credit card.
Not only that, you will also need to make sure that you make use of a valid US address.
So get in touch with your friends and family who live in the US.
Or use Fiverr.
Once you are done with all of that, you can easily use that US Amazon account to sign in to your Amazon Fire TV device and get the official HBO app.
How to watch HBO Now abroad (in other words, outside the US) with the help of a Smart DNS proxy service.
If you go to the official website of HBO NOW, which is www.hbonow.com, you will find that the website mentions there in no uncertain terms that the service is only available for and accessible to the people living in the United States of America and certain territories belonging to the United States of America.
What we mean to say is that if you want to bypass all such regional restrictions then you will have to find a way to trick streaming services such as HBO Now.
You have to trick them into thinking that you are actually living in the US.
We have already mentioned how a VPN service can help you with that.
However, if you do not want to make use of a VPN service to achieve that goal, then another tool to do the same is a Smart DNS proxy service.
Just like VPN services, Smart DNS proxy services are able to hide the true location of the user from streaming sites such as HBO Now.
Once the user enters the required codes for the Smart DNS proxy to work (as it turns out, your Smart DNS proxy will provide you with these codes) properly, you will have no problems in watching HBO Now abroad.
Not only that, Smart DNS proxy services come with their own list of benefits that they offer to all those to trust them.
And use them.
The benefits are as follows,
- They help users unblock a large number of channels that have geo-restrictions on them and that too from a multiple number of regions all at the same time.
For example, with the use of a good proxy service, a user can watch HBO Now as well as UK Netflix at the same time.
- The other advantage that Smart DNS proxy services have over VPN services is that they do not reduce the speed of the user’s internet connection.
Of course, that is only true if you sign up for a smart DNS proxy service that is of high quality.
If you try to get things done with the help of a free proxy service then, of course, your internet speed will suffer.
- Smart DNS proxy services offer compatibility with a good number of internet-enabled devices such as Mac, PC, Windows, Apple TV, iPad and/or iPhone.
- Whenever you are using Smart DNS proxy service, you actually still have access to your original IP address.
Because of that, you can not only watch HBO Now abroad but also access all the local websites as though you are still a local.
With all of those benefits listed, we have no hesitancy in telling you that we are not a big fan of Smart DNS services when compared to VPN services.
VPN services are more secure and reliable.
Secondly, the number of secondary benefits that VPN services offer to users is just staggering.
Smart DNS proxy services do not provide protection of any kind against hackers and other .
They just unblock websites.
They do not even protect your data.
So if your main aim for using a proxy service or a VPN service is to unlock a streaming service then perhaps the better choice is a Smart DNS proxy service.
Otherwise, we suggest that you should go with a good VPN service provider.
With that out of the way, we would still mention that when you are in the process of signing up for a Smart DNS proxy service, you need to make sure that it works with a channel like HBO Now.
To find out if it indeed does, all you have to do is to go to the official website of the Smart DNS proxy service that you have signed up for.
Most of the good smart DNS proxy services that we have come across unblock at least 180 different channels.
If that is the case with your Smart DNS proxy service as well, then there is a good chance that it will unblock HBO Now as well.
Moreover, make sure that you go through the official website of the smart DNS proxy service that you are trying to sign up for and look for all the tutorials and installation guides that they might have for you.
Smart DNS proxy services are different from VPN services in the sense that you do have to do a bit of manual work to set them up.
So if you cannot do that, or do not want to do that, then do not sign up for a Smart DNS proxy service.
Most good smart DNS proxy services that we have come across offer users at least a 7-day money back guarantee and sometimes even a free trial.
So watch out for that.
Zohair is currently a content crafter at Digitalmunition and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.