HBO Go vs. Netflix

Before we go into the comparisons between HBO Go and Netflix, let us first understand what they both are. When it comes to HBO GO, there can be some confusion because of the existence of HBO Now and the soon-to-be-launched HBO Max – those are three streaming options under HBO. Well, HBO Go is only available to users who already have a subscription to HBO cable TV.

Launched in 2010, it was created as a streaming service that came as an additional feature for users who already had existing cable accounts and wanted some additional channels that were not available on cable.

Netflix is also a streaming service with access to television shows, movies, and documentaries through a monthly subscription fee. To view this content, you can use a countless number of devices with the aid of internet connectivity, at any place and at any time.

HBO Go and Netflix more or less offer the same service so deciding on which one to subscribe to depends entirely on your personal preferences. Let’s look at HBO Go versus Netflix to help you decide between the two, or better, subscribe to both.

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Pricing and packages

HBO Go is free for users with a cable subscription to HBO. And depending on the cable package you’re subscribed to, your monthly bill can fall anywhere between $5-20. To get the streaming package added to your cable subscription, call your cable company and make a request. They will then check everything to make sure that you are subscribed before enrolling you. It’s as simple as that.

Netflix offers a thirty-day free trial period for new users, giving them enough time to decide on whether to leave or subscribe. As an interested party, once you log onto the app, you give out your credit card details and if one-month rolls by without you canceling the subscription, a payment for the second month will be deducted from your card.

Netflix offers three packages for all users. There’s the basic, the standard and the premium with the latter costing the most at $15.99 per month. The premium package offers some content in 4K quality and can allow as many as four users to share one account, meaning that all users can use it at the same time.

HBO Go doesn’t have such packages for its users and the only package that it has provides you with all the features. However, unlike Netflix, it offers live streaming of most of their shows. This means that when a new episode of Westworld premiers on their cable package, it is possible to stream it immediately to your device. An exception to this privilege is their live productions. The live shows only become available for streaming within a day of airing. On its singular package, HBO Go allows for three simultaneous users at the same time along with high definition video quality for a majority of their shows and movies.


The second important point in your decision-making is the content available on each platform. Both Netflix and HBO Go produce their original content which cannot be found anywhere else. A show like Game of Thrones for HBO was a huge market pull during the show’s peak. Netflix also had original shows like Orange is the new Black as well as plenty of movies and documentaries.

But of these two, only Netflix sources content from other distributors to offer more to its subscribers. The availability of outsourced content is a big attraction since it allows them to get classics. With more than four thousand titles to choose from, including classics and trending shows, with some available in 4K resolution, a Netflix user has a higher quality experience.

Content on HBO Go is only available in 1080p and that’s assuming the internet connectivity is strong enough. Additionally, both platforms give you the option of downloading content to watch it later. These downloads can only happen on the streaming service.

Devices to watch on

Both streaming services are available on most of your devices and even where there isn’t a way, for most of you there is always a solution. For example, if you don’t have a smart TV, you can easily use a Chromecast to convert your non-smart TV into a smart TV.

Nevertheless, these are some of the devices which you can use to enjoy the two streaming services: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android, and iOS smartphones, PS4, Android TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV. Generally, the most recommended device for both Netflix and HBO Go is Apple TV.

Which is better?

With Netflix’s free 30-day trial, it is a perfect opportunity for you to sit, watch and decide whether it’s the streaming service for you. In fact, the best way to decide on either of them is to use them and then stop paying subscription on the one that doesn’t suit your taste.