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2015-11-28 12:18 AM
Blintok since it can be iffy trusting random sites for these gift cards on the internet. There is one site that i have used in the past for hulu plus is

they have been around for a while and send you the card number by email shortly after you buy it. Can also get prepaid us bank credit cards.
2015-11-27 11:49 AM
pooper In reply to oldmatelot;

That should work. BUT, they might only accept US credit cards. It's better to give the Apple account a balance using US iTunes gift cards.
I pay for HBO, Showtime and Hulu each month using gift cards. Just Google US iTunes gift cards. There's quite a few websites that sell cards for a small mark-up.
2015-11-26 02:19 PM
Dr.Dave @oldmatelot I moved your post to our thread on the subject. HBO NOW isn't legally available outside the U.S. and HBO is doing everything they can to block access - see the CBC article in post 31. If you still want to try it, you will have to set up a U.S. iTunes account and U.S. payment method. Your HBO NOW account can be terminated by HBO at any time.

Here are some useful links:
2015-11-26 01:40 PM

we are an old couple who would like to try HBO NOW but we have no apple products -- we are using unblock us but it will not let us sign up.
Our son has apple products and I was wondering if he downloaded unblock us - registered with an apple account - used my name and credit card # and advised me of the password etc. that they give him -- would it worki

Thanks and regards
2015-08-02 08:03 PM
Originally Posted by bev fan View Post
How about using service like unblockus or unitolly, is anybody having luck getting HBO Now using these services.
Not sure about HBO Now, but unblockus works great with Sling TV which carries HBO. I'm lucky enough to also get the complete HBO offering through a couple of US-based slingboxes I have access to.
2015-05-24 11:55 AM
Phage Well said smallmj.
2015-05-21 01:02 PM
ExDilbert We will never see a standalone, OTT HBO service as long as Bell owns TMN and HBO Canada. We will also never see HBO programming on OTT services like Netflix because Bell has the Canadian rights to all past HBO programming. Past HBO programming is on CraveTV which Bell also owns and CraveTV is tied to a Bell TV service subscription. Non-Bell customers have no legal access other than buying or renting the DVDs. We might have seen HBO Canada as an OTT service if Astral had not been purchased by BCE. Once again, the CRTC made an extremely bad decision by allowing BCE to purchase Astral and create even more media concentration in Canada. I suspect the Bell kept their plans for HBO programming and CraveTV from the CRTC until after the acquisition in order facilitate the approval purchase. It would fit in with Bell's past behavior in obtaining regulatory approvals. The CRTC did hint that they would not allow OTT services to be tied to a BDU subscription but they have not made any movement in that direction. Bell has suggested that they would launch legal action to fight such a move.
2015-05-21 06:57 AM
smallmj The thing is that HBO (the real one) has a radically different business model from every Canadian media conglomerate. They spend money to make their own shows that people want to watch. In a just world that would be a winning formula that deserves to be rewarded.

In the real world, scum like Bell use their monopolies and vertical integration to lock out competition, buy up content, and buy laws/regulations to keep the current regime going as long as possible. I hope things will change soon, but I doubt it will be soon.
2015-05-20 11:00 PM
North_of_Calgary The only true way out of this situation is when we stop caring about HBO and similar.

People only care about the serials and not the movies on HBO. And over time more and more of the better quality serials will be picked up by the next generation "services" like Netfix instead of cable channels.

Procedurals will stay on networks. But the truth is that except for a select few on CBS the network procedurals are so 1990's. All the rage these days are for the cable serials and my belief is that their on the cusp of their death spiral.

We don't care about Zenith or RCA TVs anymore or play on Atari or Sagas.

So as soon as we stop caring about HBO the sooner we'll get the content easily, affordabily, and legally.

Sure I'd like to get HBO now but without it I still have plenty of great serials to watch. If everyone felt the same we'd be out of this inequality sooner. In fact take away just two of their shows such as GoT and True Detective and the number of people wanting it would probably cut in half.
2015-05-20 04:11 PM
bev fan I do not think that this is going to happen in Canada any time soon.
How about using service like unblockus or unitolly, is anybody having luck getting HBO Now using these services.
2015-05-20 04:00 PM
ExDilbert It would be nice if HBO had opted to sign licensing distribution agreements with companies that would offer similar OTT services in their respective countries. Signing agreements with robber barons like Bell and BCE sends the wrong message to potential HBO programming customers outside the US.
2015-05-20 11:11 AM
AFF Old news. Many people now have decided to just download HBO shows and now HBO gets nothing for it.
2015-05-20 01:24 AM
bev fan Looks that HBO is cracking down on Canadian customers.
2015-03-16 05:56 PM
ExDilbert I'm surprised we haven't seen more fallout from this announcement. Cable TV companies don't like to see broadcasters cutting out the middleman. It affects cable TV profits and encourages cord cutting. Not signing an agreement for the new service with HBO is about all they can do without incurring the wrath of the FCC. Not sure what would happen if the tried to drop HBO from cable TV. I'm sure Google would love to step into the fray with an expanded fibre internet rollout though.
2015-03-16 05:45 PM
Dr.Dave Cablevision and HBO announced today that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service.

Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Note: I'm including this press release here to show how HBO is bundling it's standalone streaming service with cable providers in addition to offering it to the general public. Presumably, Cablevision internet customers would get it for a lower price than the general offering.
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