HBO GO Entertainment App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Seller: Home Box Office Inc.

Minor updates and bug fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
297 Ratings
All Versions:
21864 Ratings


Introducing HBO GO®. The streaming service from HBO that lets you enjoy your favorite HBO shows, movies, comedy specials, sports, documentaries – plus behind-the-scenes extras and more. It’s every episode of every season of the best of HBO, free with your HBO subscription —now available on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch!

It’s HBO. Anywhere.

Free with your HBO subscription through participating television providers.

With the HBO GO App You Can:

• Keep up with your favorites. Watch everything you love about HBO, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, comedy and every episode of the best HBO shows, including True Blood®, Game of Thrones®, Boardwalk Empire®, Girls, Veep, The Newsroom, Curb Your Enthusiasm®,Entourage®, The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, The Wire® and more. Plus, get bonus features and special behind-the-scenes extras!

• Take it with you: On the run or on the road, never miss a moment of your favorite HBO shows and hit movies with HBO GO on your laptop and select tablets and mobile devices.

• Make it your own: Make your HBO GO experience personal. Create a customized Watchlist and catch up on your favorite HBO shows and hit movies at your convenience. If you’re on the run, resume viewing titles from your Watchlist on your portable device including laptops and select tablets and mobile devices. Also, set a Series Pass® to automatically send new episodes of your favorite HBO shoes to your Watchlist.

• Stream the best of HBO from your favorite Apple device directly to your TV with HBO GO and AirPlay*.

• Watch new episodes of your favorite shows and hit movies simultaneously as they premiere on HBO.

HBO GO® is only accessible in the US and certain US territories. Minimum 3G connection is required for viewing on mobile devices. Some restrictions may apply. © 2013 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and related channels and service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.
*AirPlay will work for Apple devices running iOS 6 and Apple TVs running software update 5.1.1 or later.

Customer Reviews

  • Brilliant

    by Timmy5680

    I love this app! I got to re watch a few dear hbo series at times and in places more convenient to me and active than sitting in front of the tv.

  • Needs work for Chromecast

    by Bing-a-Ling

    Love the app, but really should have worked out buffering and launch issues before releasing for Chromecast. And don't even think about skipping'll have to start the show over. They could really take a lesson from Netflix. It's seamless. Note: even if you have an existing user ID, if you change cable, you can't use it:(. Otherwise a great option. I would give five stars if they would make it a subscription service so I could ditch cable.

  • Decent


    Good app, crashes a bit too often.

  • works

    by Cft159

    it works great as a standalone app but could definitely use some controls for finer scrubbing when using w/ the chromecast. at least a "30 second rewind" would be helpful. add this and 5 stars.

  • Parental Controls

    by Snowy0330

    Love this app, but it stopped working correctly. When I log in now, it tells me that my parental controls through my cable provider only allow me to watch PG rated programs. I checked the parental controls on my cable providers site and there should be no restrictions. I called them, they said it's an issue with the app. Please fix! I miss this app!

  • Camp

    by Mr. Cheese Puff

    Superb. The fact that hbo makes their content this available is almost too good to be true!

  • Used to work, now it won't.

    by willows3

    It used to work smoothly without any problems. Up to this week. It's very slow and it doesn't recognize my password or username when I try to sign in. I also use showtimego and that app has let me sign in so I know I'm not messing up my log in info. Also, there's no where for me to tell anyone about this because when you go to support it just tells you to download the app. Weird.

  • cc won't turn off

    by Lamadung

    I like this app except no matter what I do I can't get the CC (closed captioning) to turn off. For several months I would occasionally use the CC and it would turn on and off with no problem,now it won't turn off at all. I tried deleting the app and reloading, I tried rebooting my iPad and I tried realoading the app but it still doesn't work turn off. I'm using iOS 7 on my iPad 4. Please fix this!

  • Works great with Chromecast

    by Dertigo

    Works really well with chromecast and the quality is excellent.

  • Perfect!!!

    by Heueiwvxkdiebdoisb

    I LOVE this app!! It works great, no trouble whatsoever! It works with my Apple TV and has amazing quality!!

  • The only good premium channel app

    by Chris v baby

    This is the best channel app by far. I love how they have every episode of every series they have ever made. Showtime and starz need to take notice because they both are AWFUL. Never had a problem with the app. Great picture quality, great selection, really good app.

  • Best channel app by far!

    by Stunna 26

    I have an iPhone 4S and use 3G when I'm not at home. The app let's me watch full episodes without the constant buffering found on many other apps. No complaints at all!

  • Minor glitches ... CC needs attention

    by VaneMariposa

    I enjoy the app, and for the most part, I can see anything on the site with minor glitches. The closed captioning though is the most annoying part. It does not turn off. I have tried rebooting the app and my phone. Deleting and re-downloading app....nada. Please fix! Glacias :0)

  • Closed Captioning bug

    by sunnyinphilly

    How does such an obvious bug slip through their team's QA process? With the latest version of iOS on an iPad mini, closed captioning is on by default and can't be turned off with the onscreen controls. Fix it please.

  • Only streams audio in stereo.

    by iteachpcs

    Although app streams well to my TV through Chromecast, it doesn't support 5.1. Come on HBO, it's 2014.

  • As advertised

    by goalpost911

    Works just as expected. Has everything HBO which is amazing. Everyone who complains about it on the Chromecast has no idea how their Chromecast works. The Chromecast loads your show separately from your phone and has its own internet signal. So if you're having buffering problems, its an issue with connectivity of your Chromecast not this app. It is loading an HD signal straight from your router, so if your wifi isn't great you may have issues. Try moving your Chromecast closer to your router or using the small HDMI extender included with the Chromecast to improve your connection. HBOgo is the best thing to happen to me and worst thing to happen to my social life. Every series is great. If you have HBO and don't have this app/use the website, you're completely wasting your HBO subscription, this app is the real treat not the cable station.

  • Ok app

    by Dm6538

    Needs better fast forward and rewind.

  • Needs work

    by Colleenjrsy

    I love this app however it keeps showing only audio and no video due to "not strong enough wifi signal". This is annoying! Love the convenience!

  • Awesome

    by OKC31

    Just binge watched all of game of thrones, tons more stuff to watch now. Great app.

  • Wonderful app

    by Buzzeorw1

    Fast and beautiful layout.

  • Just quit working on my iPhone and iPad

    by Laceycw

    All i get is an error message saying that all requires Internet connection. I've tried signing out, turning off device and neither have worked.

  • Worst experience ever. Buffers constantly

    by Jason E

    This app is one of the most frustrating ever. The episodes take longer to buffer than the length of the actual show you're trying to watch. Massive disappointment

  • Can't sign in!!!

    by Theseenmachine

    Stupid app won't let me sign in on iPhone or iPad. It logged me out and now I can't even enter my login credentials. Thanks a lot hbo.

  • Can't sign in

    by radiokacy

    The ipad app will not let me sign in. When you pick a provider, nothing happens. You can't move forward and sign in. Fix please.

  • Dish login issue?

    by Julie_8_

    Is anyone else having an issue trying to log in with Dish as a provider? Every time I choose Dish as my provider all I see is a white screen. Hopefully that gets fixed soon.

  • Poor

    by Psyk ward

    Will not let me sign in with my provider. Just gives me a blank white screen.

  • Freezes!!

    by Fenix4txoz

    Worst app ever. It freezes every 3-6 mins! Must constantly be restarted.

  • Be more consistent!

    by Revolver1000069

    Normally I don't have much of a problem watching shows/movies on here but lately it keeps freezing in the middle of the show/movie and then it resets to the beginning again, not to add all the random issues with it not being able to find/ play the video. And the thing that really irritates me, is that HBO GO isn't adding the shows when they are suppose to. I pay for this service and I expect it to work flawlessly, honestly I don't think that's too much to ask for. Set your game up HBO, seriously.

  • Doesn't work well with Chromecast

    by Taylor12457899

    Lags with Chromecast. I wouldn't say it 'buffers', but it lags and the frames almost slow down, if that makes sense. It's NOT my connection -- Netflix app works awesome, but this one is not great. Keep in mind if you're buying this to use with a chromecast.

  • Some good, a lot of terrible

    by redbird3

    If I pause, and my screen locks, the app will refresh and I lose my place in the movie. That's IF it doesn't also force me to refresh my login. When it works it's great. But for a major company like HBO, they could really have a better app.

  • App will load stuck in loop


    For the most part the app is ok. The app does need a update ASAP. The hbogo app will stay loading on the hbogo logo. You have to keep force closing or restart services in order get back to the movie you are watching. This seems to be a big issue with IOS7 iPhone 5 and 5s.

  • Humm!

    by Whatzup8

    Worked great till the app undated. Now I can't watch the app. Says I'm not an HBO subscriber, but I am..please fix

  • no multi country?

    by RonnyRomero

    I am in Panama, paying HBO to operator Cable Onda, they just launched HBO Go and I cannot use it because my itunes store is US? the app should be agnostic and let you log to content in panama restricted by IP and user/login not by app.

  • Just terrible

    by Toledo73

    This is truly a dreadful app. Have to delete and reinstall to get it to function. After optimizing video quality just get the spinning wheel. Or last night it was "you must be connected to the internet". Or maybe it's the over rated iPad air. Who knows?

  • Freezes!!

    by Fenix4txoz

    Wow, this app constantly freezes!! I have to close the app and reopen literally every 2-6 minutes. Regardless if I'm using my iPad or iPhone, or using wifi or 4G. Worst streaming app I've used.

  • Doesn't work

    by Gurubelter

    Just keeps saying "needs an internet connection". And yes, I have an internet connection. Ridiculous. Get your act together, HBO. Apps aren't rocket science.

  • Chromecast breaks HBO Go

    by Craigbirchler

    Used HBO Go with Chromecast yesterday. Chromecast auto updates and HBO Go no longer works. When fixed I'll happily give a 5-star rating.

  • Turn off CC

    by TrabbieG

    Captions will not turn off. Makes watching anything incredibly annoying. Fix this bug

  • Doesn't work

    by Binnytheball

    Is this app some kind of bad joke? I open it up and get to stare at the HBOgo logo for about 10 seconds and then the screen just goes back to my Apple home screen. I made sure all the other apps were closed and restarted my iPad and it still doesn't work.

  • The captions don't turn off!!

    by Timinater

    Just as the title says :(

  • Fix the CC bug!!!!!

    by Slide83

    Seriously, how long must we suffer?

  • Bad app

    by Nerakcota

    Works horribly with google chromecast.

  • Love HBO Go, hate the app

    by Gm 122344

    App is slow to load, doesn't have any of the convenient features of Netflix (like suggestions, ratings, previously viewed list, etc), has many glitches and sometimes freezes. Considering this is the future of HBO, they need to get with the program here and copy what Netflix has done

  • Can't turn off closed captions

    by mozltovcoktail

    This bug is very disruptive to the viewing experience. Otherwise it's a pretty solid app. Fix this bug.

  • Stupid

    by NaveedzSalma

    This stupid thing won't load!!

  • Requires TV subscription.

    by Goroth Obarskyr

    Anything requiring a subscription is a crapplication.

  • Frustrated!!!

    by Notttttt Impressed

    App keeps freezing in the middle or end of videos! Constantly have to delete and re-install the app. One star for the content. It is all there but difficult to enjoy. Step it up, HBO!

  • Closed captioning...

    by RevGomez

    Let me turn off the subtitles! Sweet Christ is it annoying to have them on all the time...

  • Subtitles always on.

    by Hdjfnvicneuxjxn

    Please fix this.

  • No longer works well

    by Jonnybgood21

    The watch list doesn't open despite hitting multiple times. No longer holds my place in an episode. This is on the iPad Air. Please fix.

  • Xfinity GO much better

    by DrBozman

    Too many login problems with this HBO app. Xfinity has everything the HBO app has without requiring a login if you're an Xfinity user. Plus, it has all the channels like Cinimax, History, Disney etc., not just HBO.

  • Turn CC off!

    by Jfurbfjivbekfuebfiu

    Always on, ridiculous. Doesn't hbo read these reviews???

  • Can't sing in

    by Rinnegan7

    I like it but it says that i need to be conected to the internet to sing in but i am already conected to the internet

  • Seriously

    by Hiking a

    Come on HBO.... You have enough money to fix this. Error 11800

  • Does not work

    by cadiya

    Does not work in the US Virgin Islands

  • Seldom works smoothly

    by Chingster

    Good when it's working fine but so frustrating when the shows refuse to load or gets cut off. Plus it asks you to sign in almost everyday, even though you were signed in 10 minutes ago and the "remember me" box is checked.

  • Movies freeze

    by Scotpond

    Using LTE with 3 bars on iPhone 5. Movies freeze at 20 or 30 min intervals. If I close the app and reopen the movie starts again at the point of freeze.

  • Sweet Sassy Molassy

    by Ms Turry

    This is the sweetest app on my iPhone. Works perfect.


    by Whogivesashitifthisnameistaken

    Running the app from my phone works just as smoothly as it does from my Mac book, even when using my google chromecast. If you have buffering issues, take it up with your internet provider. I have a $70 dollar package from Cox, with a 900n Netgear modem/router (all-in-one) with dual networks (one 2.4 Ghz, one 5 ghz), and it works like a dream. Maybe everyone who gave this app a bad review just need beef up their bandwidth? Because this is just waaayy too perfect. Side note: the convenience of casting video from my phone to my chromecast is unbelievable. Definitely recommend it.

  • Can I give it 0 stars?

    by Poop325642

    Downloaded it. The app redirects me to the DirectTV website whenever I try to log in... Pointless app- don't waste your time.

  • Series Pass broken

    by sdeetz

    There is no way to turn on a Series Pass, even though it's listed in the settings. You have to manually out every episode from a series into your watch list, but this doesn't notify you when there's a new episode. Frustrating.

  • Close Caption Won't Turn Off

    by dkellyjr

    The close captioning will not turn off no matter how many times I try and turn it off or close the app and reopen. Please fix this as it's rather annoying to someone who doesn't need it or want it. App would be pretty solid if this bug was fixed.

  • Fix

    by Opps32

    Apps crashes all the time and doesn't work 90% of the time. Very frustrating

  • Bad update

    by Mr. Adam™

    It's pretty distracting and annoying that CC appears for every show I watch on my iPhone even if it's unselected.

  • Bad update

    by Mr. Adam™

    It's pretty distracting and annoying that CC appears for every show I watch on my iPhone even if it's unselected.

  • Used to work.

    by JetDL

    This app used to work very well with Chromecast, now it buffers all the time if it even plays at all.

  • Boardwalk episodes???

    by Seattle Watcher

    In general I love this app, but I've noticed some issues. Namely, it won't update the latest episodes of Boardwalk Empire - it won't offer up any season 4 episodes. I have an iPad 2 with iOS 7 and the latest version of the app. Don't seem to have this issue with the app on my iPhone. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Will not connect to HDMI device.

    by Hecticus

    After being able to play in my home theater projector for some weeks, suddenly I got message that device is not supported. Not fair and bad business practice.

  • Poor connection to HBO

    by BChamness

    Even at home with wifi and no other connections to the router, this disconnects and has to buffer constantly. HBO is too big to have so little server traffic capabilities.

  • Close captioning won't turn off

    by Bogs k

    I would give this app a much higher rating if closed captioning would turn off. Very distracting

  • Unusable now.

    by Robbed Any?

    Once great app now can't even stream smoothly enough on phone, ipad, laptop, or google tv to make it worth trying to watch. Since I virtually never watch actual hbo channel, no real need to keep hbo now.

  • I've crashed and I can't get up!

    by bigmop2005

    Won't allow you to sign in and continues to crash. Fix soon otherwise it's pointless to have HBO. My viewing styles have changed and I watch my programs on the go or when I want to. Being glued to ones television is not where I am today.

  • Subtitles

    by ca55avete5

    Subtitles constantly appear after last update. Very annoying. Please fix ASAP.

  • Does Not Work

    by ladybug365

    This app does not work if you try to use it on the IPhone 5 it works for about 5 minutes then freezes up. Then you can't get it to do anything else. I also had a IPhone 4 & it did the exact thing on that phone as well. Don't waste your time with this app they don't keep up with updates or anything. It's a very terrible app the 1st really bad app I have ever come across.

  • Uhm.

    by russgold

    Directv not working

  • Hardly ever works

    by theguelahpapyrus1

    Title says it all

  • Chromecast

    by Leo4422

    It's a fine app but there is no excuse as to why you haven't streamlined for chromecast yet when it's chromecast has been out for nearly 6 months. Netflix streams fine. Please work it out. Thanks! :)

  • Terrible app

    by Nellydesign

    We have this for my wife's iPad. It constantly asked her to login with our Uverse info every time she started it up. Now it says we don't have HBO and stopped working entirely. What a waste.

  • Great app

    by Dktbill

    I just downloaded this app just to see if I would have any problems with it.So far so good .I just love this app.Thank you so much.

  • Parental controls

    by Golf queen too

    This app is now useless to me as it won't recognize the parental control changes I have made with my cable service (Charter). Most HBO programs are R rated and cannot be viewed. Pleased fix this problem.

  • Crashes a lot!!!

    by JGW75 

    During a 1hr episode it crashed 5 times and I had to login every time! Got tired and stopped watching.

  • kra777

    by kra777

    Used to work great! Shows were like watching it live, but now the quality of picture decreased and it's constantly buffering. Watch other tv apps just fine on my computer and iPad. HBO..something is wrong here.

  • Parental controls

    by CyclonicTrigger

    Was a great app. I was watching game of thrones all weekend now it says my parental controls have been set by my cable provider and cant watch anything on pg13 or tv-ma. I called my cable provider and they said everything was fine. Its the app that has a problem.

  • App not working

    by Waiel95

    This app is not working, in matter of facts, this app destroy the image of HBO

  • Broken

    by Kevbonice

    Can't log in, as per usual. Can't believe this happens over and over. I hardly even use the app anymore because it's such a headache.

  • Where did it go?

    by BreAwesome1982

    I downloaded the HBO Go app and it never appeared on my home screen. It also will not open in the App Store, I would think this would have been fixed by now since after reading the reviews I know that I am not the only one with this problem. HBO shame on you.

  • Doesn't work,

    by Suzannekess

    App says it's installed but doesn't show on my iPad home screen, App Store says I need to update it but there's no "update" button. Tried to reinstall but App Store won't allow. Works ok on my iPhone....

  • Won't run on my iPad

    by MikeGuz

    Installs from App Store, but the app is not on my home screen and it won't run from the App Store 'open' button. Max Go works fine.

  • Won't work

    by ljfarfan

    The app just crash and crash. Please update it!

  • Absolute trash

    by Fhcchick11

    Says my log in information is incorrect when it's not. Cannot log in. Not happy. Considering canceling HBO. Sick and tired of this.

  • No funciona

    by GeorgeVen

    Realmente no sirve. Una lástima.

  • CC problem

    by hollafollowill

    The closed captioning subtitles won't turn off for True Blood and it's pretty distracting. It needs to be fixed. Please!

  • Best APP

    by Yolomastah

    Great APP I can watch all my shows where ever I want! Download ittttt

  • App keeps crashing



  • Needs work

    by KHRONOS

    Everytime I watch in chromecast it goes dim and my ambient light is off on my tv, terrible feature hbo needs to update

  • cant sign in

    by souljah312

    it wont let me sign into my charter account. changed the passcode and was able to sign into my charter but wont let me sign in here with my user or email.

  • Can't turn off closed captioning!

    by Liam forever

    Since the last update, closed captioning is on all the time, whether I've selected them or not. Simply cannot turn them off. Please fix this!

  • Fix or delete

    by Yours truly 2393

    PLEASE FIX THIS APP ASAP. Worst. App. Ever. There is no tech support or online help at all. When you look online there are only more complaints about how bad this app is. According to multiple reviews other users have had the same problem for months now. Every time I log on I just get a blank white screen. Fix this please?

  • Buffering with chromecast

    by Mel5000blah

    Buffering with chromecast is absolute torture. Every few seconds. Can't watch shows without it stopping to buffer at least 10 times, often way more. So annoying.

  • Buffering is killing me

    by Bino1313

    This is a review for the xbox 360 app When I watch movies at I never have a problem with buffering but on the 360 the app is terrible you really need to release an updated version for 360 ps3 and iPhone

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