How to Watch HBO NOW in Canada on iPhone, iPad [u]

Apple announced HBO NOW would make an exclusive debut on iOS and Apple TV first and that day has finally come. The streaming service will offer HBO programming for $14.99 USD per month and today’s launch is just in time for Sunday’s debut of season 5 of Game of Thrones.

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HBO’s Canadian rights are owned by Bell and Corus which means HBO NOW won’t be available here as it’s USA-only, as confirmed to us by Apple.

But of course, there’s a workaround to watch HBO NOW in Canada. All you need to do is download the HBO NOW app with your US iTunes Account and launch a VPN to get access, as iPhoneinCanada.ca reader Mike Alviano confirmed it was working.

For those who haven’t done something like this before, let’s get started.

1. Create a US iTunes Account. This tutorial should still apply.

2. While signed into your US iTunes Account, click here to download HBO NOW. Sign up for an account with your iTunes account to get access to the free 30 day trial.

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For the ZIP code, some have suggested your siblings Brandon and Brenda in Beverly Hills may help (Update: or 00000).

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3. Next, subscribe to a VPN service like ExpressVPN (30 day money back guarantee).

4. With your VPN enabled (Settings > VPN on your iOS device), launch HBO GO, sign in and you should have access to the library.

Beyond your free trial, you will need to fund your US iTunes Account to pay for HBO GO. To do this, either get access to US iTunes Cards (eBay, relatives?) or try a Vanilla Prepaid MasterCard, available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

HBO NOW on Apple TV?

As for HBO NOW on Apple TV, it won’t work even with a US DNS (which works for Netflix) and signed into your US iTunes Account. You will require a router that allows for connection to a VPN (usually with a flashed custom firmware like DD-WRT).

We’ve had issues this morning registering an account with HBO NOW as the site/app seems to be giving us a constant error message. Let us know if you’re able to watch HBO NOW in Canada using these workarounds.

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  • Potzie2

    No luck for me, on my iPad, iPhone or Apple TV. All are set up using UnblockUS but not a router connected to a VPN.

  • Potzie2

    Got it to work on my iPhone and iPad using the Onavo Protect link above. Thanks.

  • Awesome 🙂

  • Sean

    Can you use HBO NOW over a browser for those without an iOS device?

  • Al

    I was able to set up an account on my AppleTV but then I got a “no feed available” video error, when I tried to watch something.

  • Max

    iPad app is working try using airplay with Apple TV it might work

  • Max

    did you try the app from ipad its working for using airplay with Apple TV

  • Prashanna

    not yet after there exclusive deal with Apple expires in the 3 months
    I’m guessing it will work
    remember on there Official site HBO NOW site

    More providers coming soon.
    roku or Xbox one or PS4
    we will see what happens

  • Hugo Nguyen

    I get “in-app purchase not allowed” when clicking on start your free trial with iTunes !!

  • OliChabot

    HBO has lost at least one customer by not offering it to Canadians… I guess I’ll have to find another way to watch Game of Thrones this Sunday…

  • Potzie2

    Yes I can airplay it. I was really hoping to be able to access the HBO Now channel on my AppleTV but no luck. Just hate using the battery on my iPhone or iPad to airplay it.

  • Max

    I know what mean
    but you can plug the iPad or iPhone in wall-outlet that way you wont drain the battery using AirPlay with Apple TV

  • Nicolas

    Just so you know HBO is 50% off for 4 months for bell fibe customers.. so only 7.50 CAD per month. I just cancel after GOT ends, been doing it for 3 years now.

  • Clayton

    Solution works like a charm. Thank you!

  • Ted

    Running on my iPad via VPN (StrongVPN). Also running on AppleTV via DD-WRT router!

  • Nice!

  • Cheers!

  • 🙂

  • Prashanna

    Hey Gary
    You can also use to sign up HBO NOW account using zip code 00000 also works It went through and I’m using my VPN hotspot shield on my iPad using AirPlay on stream on Apple TV 🙂

  • Aaron

    Getting an issue with HBO Now asking to renew subscription, and not recognizing the password, but also not sending a reset link to the registered email. Anyone else?

  • I’ve been experiencing that all day. I’m going to try again tomorrow sometime.

  • Prshanna

    Hey Gary
    I finally crack how to watch HBO NOW on Apple TV use UnoTelly DNS
    sign up 8 days free trail I’m watching Newsroom & Silicon Valley it smooth clear go ahead update the page.

    HBO NOW is working Apple TV using DNS UnoTelly

  • Prashanna

    Hey Al

    to watch HBO NOW on Apple TV use UnoTelly DNS
    sign up 8 days free trail

    HBO NOW is working Apple TV using DNS UnoTelly

  • Prashanna

    You can watch HBO NOW channel on Apple TV using UnoTelly DNS
    sign up 8 days free trail smooth clear HD

    HBO NOW is working Apple TV using DNS UnoTelly

  • Chizza Otto

    I completed the whole registration as above and then signed into HBO now account and i can watch using my web browser!

  • Prashanna

    Don’t use UnblocksUS use UnoTelly Toronto sever
    162.248.221.182

  • HBO NOW won’t let me login; the bloody password reset emails don’t ever send.

  • Wow, okay that ZIP code worked and I am in after registering again with a different address. Thanks 🙂

  • OldCrow

    Great article! Worked like a charm here! I On the 1st time I didmt pay attention for enabling VPN. After downloading Onavo it came a message on the iPad screen to renew HBO subscription. I did so (I hope they will not charge me twice!). It worked wonderfully well! Thank you! Shoul I leave the VPN “on” on my ipad the whole time (while I use email, banks, etc) or should I turn it off and only turn on again at the time of watching HBO? (I am afraid it I keep turning on /off the HBO site will cancel / renew my service every time?) .. Thanks a lot! HBO is amazing, I wish we had in Canada the same way it’s available in US…

  • Your HBO account should be fine if you turn the VPN off when you’re not watching.

  • Prashanna

    HBO NOW is working on Apple TV don’t need the iPad just change your Apple TV DNS using UnoTelly signup

  • Matt

    I’m use unblock us and it works perfectly fine on my iPad. But it will not work for my pc, which I want to use to connect to my tv. So for anyone with unblock us your ipad should work to play hbo now. On another note, I thought I was clever and got a program to AirPlay from my iPad to my pc…but hbo now doesn’t seem to support AirPlay at this point at least for me

  • OldCrow

    I tried… directly on Apple TV it did not work (even with an American DNS _ not UnoTelly but another one that works fine with Netflix).

  • OldCrow

    Thank you so much. First time on your website and I am enjoying all articles here. Glad I found it after looking for a way to watch HBO Now! 🙂

  • Prashanna

    Ther other DNS won’t work UnoTelly will work trust me for HBO NOW app on APPLE TV sign up you won’t be desppionted

    Here the link
    UnoTelly .com

  • Prashanna

    dont use unblockUS use UnoTelly DNS
    HBO NOW app on AppleTV will work using UnoTelly just sign up UnoTelly account you get 8 Days free trail

    I’m using UnoTelly DNS with AppleTV and works great in Canada

  • Al

    It works now. And no, I’m not using UnoTelly, just because that clown has deliberately and aggressively spammed this discussion.

  • Al

    As of an hour ago, unblock_us works on appletv with hbo now. No special effort needed.

  • Jon

    Same for me, unblockus DNS on the AppleTV and was watching HBO Now using the trial

  • Tim M

    The downside of that, is you’ve got to be a Bell customer.

  • Tim M

    you have to be a UnoTelly customer to use their DNS

  • Nicolas

    Bell Fibe service is outstanding

  • dannymalt

    If only Apple would make a deal to allow TMNGo (the Canadian equivalent of HBOGo), then we’d be golden in Canada. TMNGo is in the AppStore and airplay is allowed to AppleTV. But Apple is not allowing a TMNGo AppleTV stand-alone app.

  • Prashanna

    you can sign up there site its give free 8 days try

    for new members

  • Prashanna

    Hey Al

    I might’ve carried away sorry about that I was excited about the HBO NOW Service yesterday wanted help Some user who have trouble accessing HBO NOW on AppleTV using the unblockUS DNS than I found another site DNS that works . Since unblockUS working for you everything’s good than.

  • nobleroberson

    if i go to the US and buy an appleTV at my dads place and sign up to HBONow in the US and then bring the apple tv home to canada will it work???

  • nobleroberson

    didn’t work, not even for netflixs

  • Prashanna

    You don’t need to you can buy Apple TV here in Canada just change your region to U.S on your AppleTV devices all you have to do change you DNS setting
    it will work both ways if sign up in U.S or Canada for HBO NOW

  • Prashanna

    have you sign up Unotelly Account if you did login on your iPad and change your Global DNS in WIFI Settings that is connected Wifi click INFO icon

    under DNS Edit

    if you live in Toronto server put in
    162.248.221.182

    living Vancouver area closet server is Seattle

    50.22.147.234

    than restart your iPad

    Let me know if you have trouble

  • Nemanja

    Yeah, bought my apple tv and setup a US account as per instructions..Once you have the account, you need to change the DNS address – unblockus has been working 100% once you have the DNS details in you restart the apple tv and it will give you access to the US content!Maybe the only thing i suggest you get from US is iTunes their version!

  • Nemanja

    Sorry forgot to say i bought my apple tv here in canada!

  • Aaron

    Any luck?

  • Pat

    Help. I cant create a US itunes account without a credit card. How did you do it? When i try from both itunes and website it does not have the ‘none’ option. How did you guys do it?

  • I had to create a new account using a different email and ZIP code 00000 worked.

  • Aaron

    Interesting. Does it have to link with your US iTunes account? Because I have an actual one of those which already has a US cc and purchased HBO Now

  • Nemanja

    Hi Pat, you might need to get a U.S. iTunes voucher..There are websites but I don’t trust many of them.Maybe if you have friends in U.S. You can get them to buy you one or get the valnilla pre paid MasterCard!!when you get that MasterCard you don’t need to use the credit..

  • Nemanja

    Can the vanilla pre paid from here in Canada, try drug mart or shoppers..

  • Nemanja

    If it’s a U.S. Account then you don’t need a new one.Should be fine get the app if you on iPhone or iPad with a vpn setup or unblockus DNS on apple tv

  • Well I only used my US iTunes to download the HBO app, I haven’t paid or anything. It should link fine once registration goes through.

  • Don

    Just set this up on Apple TV with unblock-us and it works! Only issue was signing up for the American iTunes account, had to route the computer through unblock-us as well in order to create the account and Apple took almost an hour to send verification email. Havent tried the vanilla MC yet, takes 24 to activate so will try later this week. Not an issue yet since first month is free.

  • claire nicholson

    OK so it has worked for me and i have the following settings: macbook air, apple tv, ipad and router all with unblock us DNS, disable all restrictions in general setting in ipad – before i did this i kept getting ‘in app purchases not allowed’ when i tried to sign up for the free trial. I have a US itunes account with credit from US itunes giftcard so i registered using my US itunes account. once i registered i signed in with apple tv and could browse through the menu but videos would not play. Once i restarted apple tv – it all worked.

  • TheDudeAbides

    This is a great article, thank you. I have a few questions: Do you have to be constantly signed in to the US iTunes account to use HBO Now? Does it screw with your existing downloaded apps on your device that are linked to your Canadian iTunes account? Or can you download it via the US iTunes account, switch back to your Canadian iTunes account, and use HBO Now without issue so long as you use a VPN?

  • The latter. Except for Apple TV though

  • ryedog77

    So I signed up for a US iTunes account. Purchased a US iTunes gift card so I had a balance in the account. Then I changed my DNS code on my Apple TV, and location to US. Signed up for the free month trial on HBO NOW, but when I try to access a show, it says “Video Error, No Feed Available”.
    What am I doing wrong?

  • ray077

    i have the same problem not sure what to do

  • Prashanna

    Hi there what step DNS provider you use

  • Prashanna

    When you setting up an
    HBO NOW account your region must be set in U.S from your Apple Device than sign up in with UnblackUs or UnoTelly DNS

  • Prashanna

    You must restart your AppleTV to take effect for DNS

  • Anirudh Sharma

    please note guys, i used media hint/vpn and signed up on hbo now. worked great but now have gotten an email from hbo saying my account is being accessed outside US and they will shut it down.

  • Guest

    Everything worked perfectly but today I got the email below from HBO Now. Anyone has any idea how they could have identified this if I’m using the VPN?

    Dear HBO NOW User:

    It has come to our attention that you may have signed up for and viewed video content on the HBO NOW streaming service from outside of the authorized service area (the United States, including D.C. and certain US territories).

    We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the HBO NOW streaming service is only available to residents of the United States, for use within the United States. Any other access is prohibited by our Terms of Use.

    If you feel that you have received this message in error, and that you have both met the eligibility requirements for HBO NOW and have been using the service within the United States, please call us at 1-855-366-2183. If we do not hear from you by April 21, we will proceed with deactivating your HBO NOW account without further notice to you. Please note that it is your responsibility to cancel any automatic billing with your Subscription Provider to avoid incurring charges for any future months.

  • Leonard Delaney

    I got the same notice. I’m considering calling them and insisting that I am connecting via the U.S., which with the VPN, is mostly true.

  • thegoldenpipewrench .

    purchase a free app and you will be directed to fill out information to create the account – this will bring up the no credit card option

  • Max

    if your using a U.S iTunes gift card you won’t get an email from HBO NOW I’m
    streaming right now using unblockUS DNS in Canada didn’t get any email from them i
    sign up since day 1 April 7th if your using base Canadian credit card or U.S Prepaid mastercard it won’t work
    use iTunes Gift Card to pay for the HBO NOW subscription use this app download Gyft at App store to buy iTunes voucher and redeem it in the your U.S iTunes account.

  • Max

    are you using prepaid MasterCard it wont work anymore if your using a U.S iTunes gift card you won’t get an email from HBO NOW
    I use iTunes Gift Card to pay for the HBO NOW subscription use this app
    download Gyft at App store to buy iTunes voucher and redeem it in the
    your U.S iTunes account.

  • Max

    if your using a U.S iTunes gift card you won’t get an email from HBO NOW I’m
    streaming right now using unblockUS DNS in Canada didn’t get any email from them i believe if your using perpaid mastercard it wont work i sign up since day 1 April 7th no error ever since

    my suggest is get iTunes Gift Card to pay for the HBO NOW subscription download this App Gyft at App store to buy iTunes voucher and redeem it in the
    your U.S iTunes account.

  • Leonard Delaney

    I’m still on the free trial, and I think I signed up to pay through my U.S. Apple account, so HBO should not have any visibility into which card I’m using. I haven’t even added a card yet. So this isn’t the problem, unfortunately.

  • Anirudh Sharma

    i do intend to use itunes pre paid card to pay for subscription, however thats not yet been charged since the first month is free. i got an email during this free trial period. somehow hbo was able to detect media hint as being a “fake” ip

  • Anirudh Sharma

    I’m sorry to bring this up again, but please note, Hbow now IS ABLE to detect vpn/dns services. myself and other users have been identified as using proxies and emails of account closure have been sent(as me and another user posted below). I’m afraid, hbo now isnt going to be a real possibility outside the US, unlike netflix and hulu. Id also like to mention the same thing happened to me with Hbo GO. I borrowed the login from a cousin in the US, used dns and Hbo was able to detect my foreign presence within a few weeks, sent my cousin a legal notice and shut down the account. BEWARE

  • Max

    U.S. iTunes account topped up with US iTunes gift card (no linked card at all) hasn’t triggered any alerts yet. sign up since day 1

  • Max

    this how i sign up HBO NOW from my IPHONE

    I turned on my VPN hotspotshield App in iPhone change my region from Canada to U.S in App Store i removed my postal code I added in zip code 00000 I added $25 iTunes gift card method of payment than I download the HBO NOW app sign up with the free trail on APRIL 7TH used same HBO NOW login to my apple TV using UnlockUS DNS

    example

    my billing address
    85 Silver Springs BLVD
    SCARBOROUGH, NY 00000

    I’m using VPN app Hotspotshield for my iPhone and iPad to watch HBO NOW and using UnlockUS DNS for my Apple TV

  • Max

    you might have wait and see what wound happen April 21st

    i have signed up since when it launch April 7th haven’t triggered any alerts since
    i change my region Canada to U.S in App Store While VPN Turned on I added U.S $25 iTunes gift card method of payment than I download the HBO NOW app signed up with and free trail began on 7th used same HBO NOW login to my apple TV using UnlockUS DNS

    example

    my billing address
    85 Silver Springs BLVD
    SCARBOROUGH, NY 00000

    I’m using VPN app Hotspotshield for my iPhone and iPad to watch HBO NOW and using UnlockUS DNS for my Apple TV

  • Matt

    I didn’t use any credit cards, I’ve been just using the free trial and hadn’t gotten around to adding any credit on my US iTunes account and I still got the deactivation email.

  • Nemanja

    I am afraid Max, thats what i initially did and i did received that email..Unfortunately HBO does not want out money so, I am going back to Kodi and enjoy the episodes on there for FREE!!

  • Guest

    Have you looked into your junk mail, I am sure you will get that email or its in your junk mail..

  • AFO

    Do you need to d/l the gyft app from the US Itunes store? thnks!

  • Tauseef

    That’s simple with VPN.. Just connect vpn in your iPhone or iPad device and access Netflix outside the USA in any region…http://www.vpnranks. com/5-best-vpns-for-netflix/

  • Max

    i always check my email often haven’t gotten any checked junk mail also HBO NOW still working for me but some people found a way to reactive there account just called them in give your U.S address shipping address will do.

    Try my MYMALLBOX .COM some CANADIANS have got there account active but don’t tell them its a shipping address.

  • Max

    yes you need to download the the Gyft app in the Store sign up Gyft Account through the App then buy iTune card and than redeem the iTunes voucher in your App store that it

  • Max

    haven’t gotten any checked junk mail also HBO NOW still working for
    me but some people found a way to reactive there account just called
    them in give your U.S address shipping address will do.

    Try my MYMALLBOX .COM some CANADIANS have got there account active but don’t tell them its a shipping address.

  • tracy leon

    Its simple with VPN.. Just connect vpn in your iPhone or iPad device
    and access Netflix outside the USA in any region…Source: bestvpnservice

  • Yaderin

    I tried DNS servers like i used to do with netflix,didn’t work,tried 10 different. Tried betternet VPN,didn’t work,then tried hotspotvpn and worked like a charm!!

  • Yaderin

    Hotspot shield worked for me,thank you!

  • Cheerful Childrenc

    One of my friends show me a method to download hbo go to YouTube at allavsoft.

    After
    have a try, i find it really works great. Now i can easilly files to
    download hbo go.

    Hope it also helps for you.

  • murray

    so i have a question when it renews as in when u have to actually pay for hbo now is it 14.99 exactly or is it taxed like how much is it on the bill and how much should i have in my itunes account is 15 bucks on the dot ok for a 14.99 hbo now sub

  • Rita Guembes

    It keeps asking me for a payment method from the US. To get the free trial!

  • quinneciao

    same problem!!! someone help

  • Sorenson

    They do not understand that if I used to watch US only movies and tv series on any US streaming channel from Canada I’ll watch them anyways. If it blocks me, I’ll use a VPN like Ivacy to download torrents of these movies and tv series. Hence, these streaming channels are increase the piracy.

  • Tristan

    I got all the way through subscribing, now I just get a “video not available in your region” on the app, well that was a waste of time and money