One of the big revelations of AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service, which came out Wednesday, was that you’d be able to get HBO as an add-on for just $5 per month.
That is huge considering that buying HBO a la carte, through HBO Now, costs you $14.99. And with the addition of an HBO add-on to Amazon Prime on Thursday, for $14.99 per month, it seems this price is still the going standard. (Some had thought there might be a slight discount on Prime, as there is with Showtime, but that didn’t turn out to be the case).
So if you want HBO for $5 per month, your best bet it DirecTV Now. You’ll still have to subscribe to the base DirecTV package, which costs $35 dollars per month for 100-plus channels (at a promotional price that you can lock in). But if you are looking to ditch your big cable package, this could be a good option.
DirecTV Now streams live television from networks you typically find on cable and satellite over the internet to your smartphone, tablet, computer, or set-top box like an Apple TV.
It has a lot of limitations right now — check them all out over here — but it can be the cornerstone of a great entertainment bundle. We constructed an expansive cord-cutter dream package for about $63 per month.
If you are an HBO fan, and want to trim your cable bill, it’s probably worth at least checking out DirecTV Now’s 7-day free trial.