Now that you’ve signed up for an HBO Now account, you want to start watching HBO right away! Though you have to register with a compatible device, once you have registered, you can sign in to your HBO Now account on your computer and watch shows right on your PC or Mac. Read below for a detailed description of how to use HBO Now on your computer, or visit our tutorial on using HBO Now on a compatible device.
Signing in to your HBO Now account
1. Open your web browser and visit www.hbonow.com to access the online streaming service.
2. Enter your email address and password, and click SIGN IN TO HBO NOW.
If you have a subscription through your TV service provider, click Sign In Here, and click on your provider. You can then sign in with your provider username and password.
You are now signed in to HBO Now, and can begin using it to stream your favourite HBO shows!
How to stream content on HBO Now
Now that you are signed in to HBO Now, you can begin to choose from HBO’s extensive lists of series, movies, documentaries, and much more. There are a few ways you can go about doing this:
1. From the main page
If you’re not sure where to start, browse around the main page of HBO Now. At the top, you will see a banner that skips through the shows or movies HBO has chosen to feature to its viewers. Use the white arrows on either side to browse through these features and click on one if it looks interesting to you.
Scroll down to see various categories that you can choose from such as “Series,” “Comedy,” or “Kids.” Click the white arrow to the right of each category to continue scrolling through it if you want to see more shows from that category.
If you move your cursor over the icon for the program, you can watch it immediately by clicking on the white play symbol. If you don’t want to watch it right now, click on ADD TO WATCHLIST instead. For an explanation of the Watchlist, see step 4 below.
This is a good way to look for something to watch if you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking for, or you simply want to see just how much HBO has to offer you. You can get back to this page at any time by clicking the HBO Now logo in the top left corner of your screen.
2. By type of content or genre
If you know what kind of content you may be looking for, or what you’re in the mood for, try searching by genre from the top menu bar of HBO Now. Select an option from the top menu, or click More to see all of them.
Scroll down to see an alphabetized list of everything HBO has in that genre. Click on the white letters on the right side to jump to a particular place in the alphabet.
Click on any program to view your options for it, or if you would like to start watching it. Some shows only allow you to see recent content, so be sure to keep up with your favourite shows.
3. Search for content
If you know exactly what you’re looking for, skip the browsing and use HBO Now’s search function. Click the magnifying glass in the top menu bar to open a search window. Type the name of what you are looking for and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to see if HBO Now has it.
As you type, suggestions will be made for you. Click on any program to get more information about what is available. Remember that this search is only by program name, so you must know what you are looking for. Click the white X in the top right corner to close the search bar.
4. From your Watchlist
HBO Now has a function called the "Watchlist," which allows you to add content that you can watch later without needing to try and find it again. As you are browsing, simply move your cursor over a program and click ADD TO WATCHLIST to add something to your list. To access your list, click Watchlist in the top right corner of your screen at any time.
From here, you can select any program that you’ve added to the list, or click Continue Watching to continue a program that you have already begun watching. These programs will automatically add themselves to your Watchlist, so it is not necessary to add them to your list before you close the video player.
You can sort your shows with the drop-down menu at the top of your Watchlist by Newest or Alphabetical. Remove an item from your Watchlist by moving your cursor over it and selecting REMOVE FROM WATCHLIST, or selecting Remove All at the top of your Watchlist screen. Close the Watchlist at any time by clicking the white X at the top right of the screen.
How to use the HBO Now video player
Once you have selected a program to watch, click the white play symbol in the center of it to begin playback. You will see a small window with the video in it, and the video will begin playing. It is typical for an advertisement for other content to be played at the beginning of the video.
Once the movie or show begins playing, you can use the various controls in the video player to customize your viewing experience. Just move your cursor over the viewing pane to make the controls appear.
- The speaker icon in the top right corner is the volume control. Click along the line beside it to raise or lower the volume.
- Click the pause icon in the bottom left corner to temporarily stop playback. This can be useful if your video is constantly buffering (loading slowly). This will turn into the play button, which you can click to resume play. You can also press the space bar on your keyboard to pause and play.
- To skip your playback ten seconds ahead, click the +10 symbol near the bottom right. You can also press the -10 symbol near the bottom left to skip your program back ten seconds (in case you missed something). Use the seek bar in between these two icons to skip to a specific point in the program. You would typically use this function if you are continuing playback for something that you have already partially watched.
- Beside the +10 button on the bottom right is a square with three dots inside of it. This is the caption button. Click it to turn on captions; you can also adjust your caption settings, including the font size, color, and more.
- The final control in the video player is the full screen button on the very bottom right, which looks like 4 arrows pointing inward. Click on this to make your video take up your device's entire screen, and click it again to return the video player to a normal size. You can also press the "Escape" key on your keyboard to exit full screen mode.
How to change your HBO Now settings, profile, or account
To change your HBO Now settings, begin by clicking on your name in the top right corner of any window.
From this screen, you can access any of your HBO Now settings and preferences, and update your account information. It is also how you sign out of HBO Now. Click on any of the selections on the right side to cycle through your pages, choosing from Profile, Notifications, Billing Information, Parental Controls, or Sign Out. Click the white X at any time to close this menu. Below is a breakdown of each of these selections.
Click the blue Edit Profile button to change any aspects of your profile, including your name, email address, password, ZIP Code, or to add a phone number. You will need to sign in again to make any of these changes. Simply make the changes, and click Save Changes to finish.
Under Notifications, you can click the check box that says “Yes, I want to receive offers and updates” to mark or unmark it. By default, this is marked, so if you would like to prevent HBO Now from sending you emails, make sure to uncheck the box.
Under Billing Information, HBO Now will give you a quick summary of your current account, letting you know how long you have paid your subscription for, and what your current rate is. Click on Manage Your Subscription to alter the details through the provider you signed up with (most likely youre device's app store).
Here you can modify or enable parental controls on your HBO Now Account. Select a rating for movies and TV shows from the two drop down menus, and enter a 4-digit PIN number to lock the account. Click Enable Parental Controls when you are finished.
Note that once you enable the parental controls, you cannot disable them. You can however change the Movie ratings to R, and the TV ratings to MA, which removed the restrictions on the account.
To Sign Out of your HBO Now Account, select Sign Out from the far right menu. That’s all you need to do!
Now that you know how to use HBO Now on your computer, why not give it a try on your compatible device? Check out our next tutorial to see how HBO Now functions on other devices, including pictures of how to use it on your mobile device.