After pleas from the masses, HBO now has a standalone service known as HBO NOW and this is an on-demand service which avails you HBO content on any connected device the moment it is broadcast. And with it comes an incredible app that will completely revolutionize how you use and access HBO. With the app, you have complete control as well as a great deal of convenience with regards to accessing the content, sharing the content, keeping yourself and your kids safe, and just have a great entertainment experience from one of the leading pay television service providers in the country. Here are some of the outstanding HBO app features you need to know about so that you get the most from the service:
The Kids Lock Feature
You will probably have no problem in letting your kid get entertained with your tablet and you won’t mind them accessing Sesame Street from your device. However, you will not wish for them to lay their eyes on content such as the world of Westeros from Game of Thrones.
But with the HBO app, there is a kid’s lock for mobile devices and this is to tame their fingers to not access stuff not appropriate for them. With this function, you can easily hand over your phone or tablet to your little loved ones without worrying about them stumbling on stuff they should not be laying their eyes on just yet.
Watch HBO from your browser
Even though you can access HBO GO and NOW using various mobile apps and OTT applications, you now have an increased ability to get the most from your subscription through any browser by going to play.hbogo.com and play.hbonow.com. One nice thing you will like about this feature is that you will still have the ability to access the content you had on your playlist or continue watching sections you may have been watching previously.
Continue Watching across platforms
If you had hoped to have a seamless cross platform watching experience, then you now have the ability to do so with the new HBO NOW app. With this feature, it is now possible to start watching a show on your television set then if you have to leave for somewhere and leave the show midway, you may continue watching it on your mobile devices or laptop without having to start afresh. All you have to do is go to your Watchlist section then choose on the “Continue Watching” section and you will pick up from where you had left on the show.
Nice Parental Control feature
If you think the Kid’s Lock feature is not sufficient to keep your kids safe when using your devices, then you can turn to the Parental Control feature on the app for power and security. You may decide to take things a step further by limiting the maximum ratings. For instance, you can decide to set TV scales such as PG-13 or TV – 14 and any content out of these parameters will not be accessed by anyone. In this manner, you are never worried about your kids or children accessing content that don’t suit their viewing.
Sharing your HBO Logins
This is another feature that users have greatly thanked HBO for including in the HBO app. With this feature, you can now share your HBO login details with close friends and family so that they too can access their favorite shows. It may sound a bit strange and prone to misuse, but according to HBO, so long as you don’t share your account details with millions of people such that millions will be watching a live awards show broadcast from your account at the same time, then all is well and you will continue to access HBO content just fine.
Video Playback Options
This option will be gladly welcomed by those who have a habit of exceeding their monthly data limits. If you want to limit the playback to Wi-Fi, simply go to Video Playback setting in the app and toggle the control as you see fit and most convenient to the data plan you have.
See cast and crew amongst other extras
Sometimes you may be interested in getting more information about the cast the crew of the show you are watching. In the past, this was not possible, but currently, the HBO App allows you to get information about the cast, crew and other extras. It is similar to Amazon’s Prime Video’s X-ray feature and with it, you can access a video pre-page that will give a list of the cast and information on the crew. If you are lucky enough, you may get some behind-the-scenes mini docs as well.
See what is coming next
HBO is trying to adopt a Netflix like type of business model and this is evident on the HBO app which now gives information on the upcoming titles, expiration dates, cancelled shows etc. These makes it easy for users to know what is coming up next so that they can get ready to catch on the shows the moment they are available.