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There are so many premium streaming apps out there to choose from; it can feel like a really daunting task to try and figure out which one is the best for you. Especially when you consider the fact that each one comes with its own price tag. Sure, many of us have several different premium streaming accounts, but the cost per month of going this route can quickly become too much to bear. Many of us cannot afford to simply sign up for each and every streaming app that catches our attention. And many of us have to limit our streaming apps to one or two, which is why it is important to do your homework before making this decision!

Which is precisely why I started StreamingSites. Because I understand that it is not easy, trying to pick one or two premium streaming apps from the long list of options that are out there. Never mind the fact that this list only keeps growing, it seems, by the day. Everyone wants a slice of the streaming TV and movie pie for a good reason. As I mentioned before, the prices can quickly add up, so, clearly, it is a lucrative move on behalf of media companies. But I am a firm believer that we, the viewers, shouldn’t have to suffer just because corporations have found it lucrative to offer streaming services.

This is why I have made it easier than ever for you to browse and rank premium (and free) streaming sites and streaming apps with little to no effort required on your end at all. All you have to do is go through my comprehensive list of reviews and figure out for yourself what streaming app is going to be right for you. It is rare that you ever get a glimpse into many of these apps without signing up and downloading them yourself. Well, StreamingSites is here to change all that.

How can you tell if a premium streaming app is worth your money without using it for yourself? Well, there are a few components to take into account. Of course, much of the decision will depend on subjective factors. Sometimes we are just drawn to certain apps over others for some reason, even if the app is not, technically speaking, the best. That being said, once you become acquainted with a few premium streaming apps, through reading these reviews, you will soon become an expert at what things make some apps objectively better than others!

First and foremost, in my opinion, the most important factor to take into account when evaluating a premium streaming app is its content. Without good content, a streaming app is pretty worthless, wouldn’t you agree? A streaming service, after all, is only as good as what it allows you to stream.

But content is not the only thing to take into consideration when trying to pick the perfect streaming app. Another crucial factor is design. I don’t care if your streaming service has the best movies ever made on it if you can’t figure out how to deliver that content in a way that is user-friendly, intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing, what is the point? Nobody wants to have to spend hours trying to crack the code of your interface. The best streaming apps have tons of great content delivered in an easy to use and good-looking package.

HBO may not be the most-discussed network in the world of streaming services specifically. But it is one of the most historically relevant film and TV production companies. Many of the most critically acclaimed dramatic series of all time was HBO originals. Think shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Succession, Big Little Lies, etc. There may be no other network that has had nearly as much of an influence on television than HBO.

That being said, HBO has two separate streaming services … HBO Now and HBO Go. And you need to subscribe to one of these platforms in order to watch any HBO original content. As the name implies, though, HBO Go was designed specifically with mobile streaming in mind. So, let us dive in and see, once and for all, whether HBO Go is worth paying for and how the app stacks up against some of its competitor premium streaming apps.

History

Before HBO Go was HBO Go, it was known as HBO on Broadband, which launched in January of 2008. It was released exclusively to Time Warner Cable customers in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The content originally available on HBO on Broadband consisted of around 400 hours of feature films and HBO original television films (130 titles, rotating monthly).

It also offered specials and original HBO series that could be downloaded at no extra cost for HBO subscribers. In order to access HBO on Broadband, however, users had to be HBO subscribers and use their cable service provider as their internet service provider. In other words, it was not the most highly accessible internet TV service in the world.

The service, however, relaunched nationally as HBO Go on February 18, 2010. Initially, HBO Go was just as exclusive, this time favoring Verizon FiOS users. In the years to come, though, HBO Go slowly expanded to bring in additional mobile users, providing services to include customers of the AT& T U-Verse, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Dish, Suddenlink, Charter, and Google TV.

At launch, the service was only available on desktop computers via the HBO website. The HBO Go app for iOS and Android devices was not released until April 29th, 2011. The app was immediately popular, with over 1 million downloads in the first week of availability; it was downloaded more than three million times by the time June of 2011 rolled around. Nowadays, HBO Go can be accessed on Apple TV, Chrome Cast, PlayStation consoles, Samsung Smart TVs, and Xbox consoles.

Design

The HBO Go app has a pretty standard layout as far as premium streaming apps are concerned. Browse content by category type, genre, featured, etc. The sections of the app can be scrolled through at the top. Once you have easily made a selection, feel free to scroll down and browse all of the relevant content.

As intuitive as the app is to use (as well as how easy on the eyes it may be), appearance and usability are not the only aspects of design that affect your experience with it. One major problem of HBO Go is the fact that, unfortunately, it seems to have plenty of bugs that developers constantly have to work on. This is probably what has contributed to HBO Go is one of the lowest-rated premium streaming apps on the Apple App Store. With an abysmal average user rating of 2.2 stars (out of 5), people do not like this app – frequent crashes and poor playback functions are the most often cited complaints in the user reviews.

Content

This is where HBO Go obviously shines. As I mentioned earlier, few film and TV production studios come anywhere close to rivaling HBO when it comes to quality content. They are unparalleled in that department. With the HBO Go app, you will have access to just about every HBO show, special, and movie, as well as new syndicated movies available every week, news, comedy specials, talk shows, and documentaries. If your primary concern is awesome content, HBO Go is definitely one of the apps you need to be considering (but, keep in mind, there is also HBO Now and HBO Max, in case Go does not do it for you).

Pricing and Plans

Unfortunately, the only way to enjoy the HBO Go app is by having an HBO subscription through a traditional cable provider. So, if you are a cord cutter, sadly, HBO Go will not be for you (unless, of course, you can get someone else to tell you their cable provider login information … then, you’re good to Go). Pricing, then, differs depending on what cable or satellite provider you are using.

Suggestions that I have for HBO Go

Well, first of all, the HBO Go app really needs to address and resolve these bugs and crashes once and for all. There is no reason why a corporation with the reputation and budget of HBO should have such a finicky premium streaming app. Secondly, the app is only available in the US … I would love to see HBO Go expand its reach a bit as well. Oh, and, obviously, I would much prefer it if you could use the HBO Go app without a cable provider needed.

Likes & Hates:
Tons of amazing content
New content each week
HD streaming
Poorly functioning app
Need traditional cable/HBO subscription to use
Not available outside of US