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In the war of streaming, it often feels like Netflix is where you go to discover shows, while Hulu is the place to find the content you already love. But packaging first-run TV shows along with its massive library of programming and movies has made Hulu wildly popular. Now Hulu’s added another feather to their cap: HBO. That’s right: Hulu with all the great movies and series you’ve come to expect from Home Box Office. Here’s how to watch HBO online via Hulu and get back to streaming everything from Game of Thrones to Sharp Objects.   

How to watch HBO on Hulu

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First things first: You’re going to need a Hulu account to watch HBO on the service. Hulu might support a la carte packages, but it’s not that flexible. If you just want HBO, go sign up for its service.  

All existing Hulu subscribers need to do to activate HBO is visit the Add-Ons section of their Hulu account. You can find it by selecting your username in the upper left corner of your web browser, or by just clicking this handy link. Keep in mind you need to be the main account holder to make changes. If you’re on a family plan, contact whoever pays the bill first.  

On the page marked Manage Your Subscription, scroll down past the options for Switching Plans and Feature Add-ons until you see Premium Add-ons. This is where you’ll find Hulu’s premium movie channel options.

Select the Add This button, then scroll to the bottom of the page and select Continue. Hulu will let you know what your new recurring monthly costs will be before asking if you to confirm your purchase one more time. Confirm the purchase can you’re ready to stream.

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HBO on Hulu cost  

HBO on Hulu costs $14.99 a month, the same as it costs on almost every other major service. The notable exception is DirecTV Now, which offers HBO subscriptions for just $5 a month to subscribers. (Hulu recently offered a deal that offered HBO for $4.99 for six months, but it’s since expired.) Users with a standard Hulu with limited commercials package will pay around $22.98 monthly. This accounts for both the $7.99 a month Hulu subscription and the $14.99 a month HBO subscription.  

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Is HBO included in Hulu with Live TV?

No, HBO is not included Hulu with Live TV, which allows you to livestream 50-plus channels, including FX, CNN, ESPN, and TNT, for $39.99 per month. However, if you add HBO via Hulu, you can watch HBO’s live programming directly from the app. The only catch is that Hulu with Live TV isn’t supported by as many devices as Hulu’s on-demand streaming service. You can stream Hulu with Live TV via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Nintendo Switch, and more. 

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Can I use my Hulu HBO account on the HBO Now app?

You can! Your Hulu logins work with HBO Now, making Hulu a great alternative for parents who keep child locks on their Hulu account. Watch your adult content on the HBO Now account, and keep your R-rated watchlist out of the family queue. 

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What advantages are there to watching HBO on Hulu?

As our lives increasingly become invaded with more and more apps, simplicity is a gift. Not every family wants to keep track of myriad apps to watch their favorite shows. Bundling HBO with Hulu puts everything in one neat place.

Hulu’s interface can take a little getting used to, but once you’ve learned how it works, it’s easy. It’s pretty nice to be able to up the latest Last Week Tonight or Game of Thrones while browsing old Masterchef episodes.

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Is HBO on Hulu worth it?

For decades HBO has brought award-winning content to home TVs worldwide. Now you can experience it for an extra $14.99 per month. Combined with your favorite streaming app to boot? Keep in mind that you’d be paying the same standard $14.99 fee for HBO otherwise. Most likely, the only way you’ll get anything cheaper is by subscribing to an expensive monthly live TV streaming package.

Add in the fact that Hulu’s HBO plan give you access to HBO Now, and there’s no good reason not to subscribe through Hulu. If you want HBO, you might as well bundle your subscriptions all in one place, and Hulu is a fine place to start.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adapter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also find him talking about religion each week on the Who’s Your God podcast and performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.

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