HBO GO Singapore: What to expect?

Elle Kasser

HBO GO Singapore is a subscription video on demand service which allows users to download and stream movies and shows at home and on the move. You’ll be able to watch a broad range of content, including 6 live TV channels, and exclusive content you won’t find on other streaming services.

This guide covers all you want to know about HBO GO in Singapore, including what it is, how it works, what you can watch - and, importantly, what you’ll pay for it. Let’s get started.

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What is HBO GO?

HBO GO is a TV and video streaming service, and part of HBO Asia¹. It’s been available in Singapore since 2015, and can also be used in other countries around the region.

You can access HBO GO by signing up directly online, or by getting started via Singtel or StarHub.

There are some perks for Singtel and Starhub customers, which can mean you get special offers or free introductory periods. We’ll cover these in a moment.

First let’s look at an overview of the HBO GO features:

  • Access a broad range of movies, TV shows and series for everyone from kids to thrill seekers looking for an action adventure
  • Watch HBO GO on a web browser, mobile, tablet or smart TV
  • Access with Apple TV, Android TV or Chromecast among other devices and operating systems²
  • Stream, watch live, or download content to watch on the go - you can switch devices and keep your place in the show if you want to
  • Get HBO releases at the same time as they’re available in the US
  • Link up to 5 devices to the same account so you can watch at home and on the move
  • Watch 2 concurrent streams from your HBO GO account
  • Add parental controls to allow your family to view safely

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HBO GO Singapore content - what do I get?

There’s a range of content on HBO GO which is constantly evolving and growing. It includes exclusive content made for HBO and HBO Asia, TV shows and blockbuster films.

You’ll also have access to 6 TV channels for live viewing:

  • HBO
  • HBO Hits
  • HBO Family
  • HBO Signature
  • Cinemax
  • Red by HBO

New content is added every week of the year, so there’s always going to be something to grab your attention.

It’s worth noting that the films and shows you see here are not necessarily the same as those available on HBO in the US. That’s because of licensing restrictions. However, this also means there’s a good range of local and regional content which may not be available outside of the HBO Asia portfolio.

Here are some of the highlights at the time of writing - you can browse the catalogue online to learn more:

  • Series’ like The Nevers, Made for Love and Genera+ion
  • Movies like Emma, Wish Upon a Unicorn and Trolls World Tour
  • Asian features like Chasing the Dragon and Parallel World Love Story
  • Documentaries and comedy specials
  • Kids and family content like Ben 10 and The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl

HBO GO subscription in Singapore

If you’re interested in signing up to an HBO GO subscription you have a few options. Let’s take a look at the costs of each, first:

HBO GO subscription option Cost
Subscribe directly with HBO GO SGD13.98/month or SGD119.98/year
Subscribe through StarHub³ SGD13.98/month - no contract, free streaming for some postpaid mobile customers
Subscribe through Singtel⁴ SGD13.98/month, paid with Singtel bill or credit card Sign a 12 month contract and get 2 months free service

As you can see the costs of HBO GO are similar from each different provider - but there are few perks thrown in which may make one more favourable than another. If you’re already a StarHub customer, for example, the free streaming offer for TV+ may mean that subscribing to HBO this way makes sense.

On the other hand, if you’re a Singtel customer looking for a good deal, signing a 12 month contract can get you a couple of months service for free.

No matter which you choose, the steps you take to get started are the same:

  • Create an HBO GO account online
  • Link your subscription if you’re using Singtel or StarHub, or sign up directly through Google Play or iPlayer
  • You’re ready to stream all the shows you want to watch

HBO GO Singapore subscription vs other streaming services

Of course, HBO GO isn’t your only option if you’re looking for TV and video on demand. You may also choose Disney Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Here are the costs of each if you’re not sure which is right for you:

Service Cost of a standard monthly subscription
HBO GO SGD13.98
Disney+⁵ SGD11.98
Amazon Prime Video⁶ SGD2.99
Netflix⁷ SGD11.98 - SGD19.98

As you can see, HBO GO is one of the more expensive options available. However, if you’re a big fan of US TV shows, or if there’s something specific you want to watch, it may still be a good choice.

Each of the streaming services has its own advantages, from exclusive content over on Netflix and Disney Plus, to free delivery with Amazon Prime. The main factor in deciding between them will likely be which has the most content you want to see.

If you’re not sure which TV on demand service is right for you, you can learn more about them here:

So there you have it - all you ever wanted to know about HBO GO, how to sign up, what you’ll pay and what you can watch. Now, grab some popcorn and settle in to binge watch your chosen show.


Sources:

  1. HBO GO Singapore
  2. HBO GO Singapore - FAQ
  3. StarHub - HBO GO on StarHub TV+
  4. Singtel - HBO GO
  5. Disney+ SIngapore
  6. Prime Video
  7. Netflix Singapore

Sources checked on 16 April 2021


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