Game of Thrones is coming. Here are all the free HBO offers
The final season of Game of Thrones kicks off this month and you will need streaming HBO to watch it. HBO does release the streaming versions of their shows at the same time as the show debuts on the East Coast, thus you can watch the latest episode and chat about it at work the next day.
Of course, there are a ton of ways to snag a temporary, 1-week free subscription to the service to avoid paying the full cost. The GoT final season is a total of 6 episodes, thus you only need six weeks of service if you want to hop around in free trials. (The 30-day free trial offered in 2018 has expired.)
Two caveats: HBO free trials are limited to new customers, typically. Also, you will have to provide a credit card for payment confirmation. Of course, you can immediately turn off the auto-renew in the settings and the free trial will simply expire a week later.
Free HBO Trial Options:
- HBO Now: 7-day trial subscription, $15 a month after trial. (Use HBO Now app on Roku, Apple TV, Android, Amazon Fire, PlayStation, Xbox)
- Amazon Prime: 7-day trial subscription, $15 a month after trial. (Requires Amazon Prime, 30-day free trial available for Prime.)
- Hulu: 7-day trial subscription, $15 a month after trial. (Requires Hulu subscription)
- The Roku Store: 7-day trial subscription, $15 a month after trial. (Requires Roku Hardware)
- DirectTV Now: 7-day trial subscription of entire service, $50 a month after trial. (HBO is included in trial)
- PlayStation Vue: 7-day trial subscription, $15 a month after trial. (Requires Vue subscription, 5-day trial available.)
- AT&T Watch TV: 7-day trial subscription, $18 a month after trial. (Requires AT&T Watch TV sub, 7-day trial available.)
If you are a spoiler-avoiding ninja, you can also just wait until the week of the season finale of GoT, get a 1-week trial, binge the first 5 episodes and watch the finale without paying a single cent.
- If you use AT&T for service and switch to an AT&T unlimited data plan, you can get free HBO for life (or any premium channel you choose). That covers up to 10 devices on your plan. Of course, it’s at a hefty cost, $80 per month. And AT&T reserves the right to slow down your data speeds if you consume more than 22GB of data per month (Which is pretty easy when streaming video)
- If you already have premium TV service, call your cable / satellite provider and ask to cancel your service. They will send you to the retention department, who will always offer a discount on service. In addition, they often package a premium channel like HBO into the mix for a 3 to 6 month period.