From “Game of Thrones” to “Westworld,” some of the best shows on television are only available on HBO. So, you might be wondering, does HBO offer military discount options?
The short answer is, unfortunately, no. But, there are many other ways military service members can receive special offers on an HBO package.
Here, we’re going over how you can get a discount on HBO through free trials, special bundle packages, and more.
How Do I Get an HBO discount?
There are currently three ways to get an HBO subscription: firstly, through your cable provider, secondly through a streaming service, and thirdly, straight from the source, when you sign up for an HBO Go account.
Monthly, it costs $14.99 to watch HBO shows which can be pretty steep if you only want it for one or two shows. This price is probably why you were hoping for an HBO military discount in the first place, and we get it. But there are ways to get free content and free trials.
So, let’s go through the steps you need to take to start watching HBO for free, even without the military discount you were hoping for.
Can I Watch HBO for Free?
One of the best ways to start watching HBO for free is by taking advantage of their free trial offers. Especially if there are only one or two shows you really want to watch, a free trial could mean a week of binge-watching at no cost to you.
But the key is to take advantage of the offers, not to be sucked in by them. Therefore, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you get started.
First of all, you’ll need to provide your credit card information in order to start the free trial. We know – it’s a pain. But there’s no way around it. Just make sure you cancel the trial before your credit card gets charged so set a reminder to avoid accidental charges.
Additionally, many free trials of HBO subscriptions are only eligible for new users. Sometimes, returning viewers can get in on the offer but you may want to have a separate email address on deck to circumvent this policy.
Now we’re ready to get to how to get HBO for free without a military discount.
HBO Free Trial on Hulu
One of the ways to get a free HBO trial subscription is as an add-on to your Hulu subscription. Both new and returning Hulu subscribers can take advantage of this HBO free trial.
However, with the Hulu add-on, you’ll only get to use HBO for a week without any charges, so take advantage while you can. From there, you’ll be charged the normal $14.99 monthly rate for your HBO account in addition to what you already pay for Hulu.
HBO Free Trial With Amazon Prime
Similar to Hulu, Amazon Prime members are also eligible for an HBO free trial add-on. This free trial still only lasts seven days so you’ll, again, be paying $14.99 per month after the trial period ends. But, there is an additional HBO perk military service members can receive with an Amazon Prime membership.
A segment of Amazon Prime called Amazon Video is a streaming service that Prime members have total access to. Interestingly, there are quite a few HBO shows available on Amazon Video, so if you already have an Amazon Prime or Amazon Video membership (there are payment plans for both), you might be able to watch your favorite HBO shows without an additional subscription.
Make sure to do a thorough search through your Amazon Video library to see whether or not it’s necessary to get an HBO subscription.
HBO Free Trial Through AT&T WatchTV
AT&T WatchTV is yet another streaming service that has started competing with the giant that is Netflix and they’re doing their best to offer competitive deals including a free trial stack with HBO Go.
How it works is you can get a free trial of AT&T WatchTV and HBO at the same time. That means you’ll have a week of total access to both streaming services without paying a dime. Just be sure to cancel the subscription before your credit card gets automatically charged. Again, set a reminder!
HBO Free Trial With Your Cable Provider
It’s no surprise that cable companies are struggling to compete with on-demand streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. So, it’s worth a shot to give yours a call to see if they’d be willing to offer you any deals as a way to keep you around.
You may have to bend the truth just a hair, and say that you’re looking for access to HBO and that otherwise, you aren’t able to continue paying for your services. Most likely, they won’t call your bluff and will be happy to add on a free trial of HBO to keep you as a customer.
However, even without making a call, many cable companies offer HBO free trials. DirectTV, for example, offers its customers three whole months of HBO entirely for free, including HBO Go that can be streamed on any device. That’s more than enough time to blast through a series.
So whether your cable provider offers an HBO promotion like DirectTV or you give them a call, sometimes, all you have to do is ask! The answer could likely be yes.
Free Episodes on HBO.com
HBO’s website is set-up to entice you. It’s full of free episodes, usually of pilots and premieres that are made to get you hooked on a show and get you willing to pay for a subscription to continue watching.
While there is a lot of free content on HBO.com, you don’t have access to a full season or series of episodes, so, this method is best for checking out what HBO has to offer and deciding whether you want to start a free trial.
HBO Content on YouTube
On YouTube, you’ll be able to find clips and highlights of popular HBO shows without paying for a subscription. Watching HBO on YouTube is going to be your most limited access to HBO. However, these clips are great if your favorite shows to watch on HBO are late-night talk shows, for example.
YouTube is a great place to watch the best bits of shows like “Real Time with Bill Maher” or “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Even without watching the full episode, YouTube clips of these shows give you just enough of a taste and it might not even be necessary to fully subscribe to HBO.
Free HBO Through AT&T Wireless Plans
Finally, the last way you can receive free HBO is if you have an AT&T Wireless Unlimited Elite Plan. Customers on this specific plan have HBO included as a bundle. So, if you’re set on subscribing to HBO, look into an Unlimited Elite Plan to see if you can save some money that way.
The Bottom Line
Although there is no such thing as an HBO military discount, there are plenty of ways for military service members, Veterans, and their families to save money on an HBO subscription.
Since their channel is so expensive, people can end up spending a lot on the monthly payments. And with so many incredible shows on their lineup, it’s easy to justify the purchase. But, hopefully these tips will help military families save more money while still getting a chance to watch the shows you can only find on HBO.