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How to Record & Download HBO NOW to Watch Offline

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We all love HBO NOW – but unfortunately, HBO NOW doesn't give you a way to watch offline without WiFi – or save HBO NOW shows and movies to watch after they have "expired" (removed from HBO NOW). So, how can you download HBO NOW movies and series?

Option 1. Record HBO NOW with the PlayOn Cloud Mobile Streaming DVR App

Record and download streaming videos with PlayOn Cloud for iOS and Android The newly launched PlayOn Cloud for iOS and Android devices is a mobile app that lets you record and download from streaming services like HBO NOW. Initiate recordings from your mobile device from anywhere and we'll notify you when your HBO NOW recording is complete. Recordings will be temporarily stored in a complimentary cloud "locker" and available for download from anywhere on any device.

Just install the app from Google Play or the App Store, browse to the show you want to record on HBO NOW , and click on record. The app is free to install — all you pay is a low per-recording fee.
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Option 2. Record HBO NOW with PlayOn Desktop on your PC

PlayOn Desktop is software for your PC that acts as a streaming DVR (SVR) and media server in one. It lets you record streaming video like HBO NOW shows and movies – it's similar to how a DVR works for your TV. HBO NOW videos are recorded and saved as .mp4 files to the hard drive on your PC. You will be able to easily move your .mp4 recordings to any device to watch any time – even offline. You'll even be able to record and download all episodes of top-rated HBO shows with just one click, or tell PlayOn to automatically download new HBO NOW series episodes as they come online. Plus you can even cast recordings to your TV.

Record HBO NOW shows and movies in just 3 easy steps.

  1. STEP 1 Download and install PlayOn.
    Download PlayOn for Windows, hit “Save File” then click on the PlayOn.exe file to install it. Follow the installation instructions and you’ll be recording HBO NOW videos in moments.
  2. STEP 2 Enter your HBO NOW Email and Password.
    Click on the Channels tab at the top then click into the HBO NOW channel. You will be instructed to Open Settings.

    Scroll down until you see the HBO NOW channel. This is where you enter your HBO NOW email and password. PlayOn securely stores your account information. Hit Apply and OK to close out.
  3. STEP 3 Find the HBO NOW streaming show or movie you want to record and hit the Record button.
    Just type the show you want in the search bar or browse the HBO NOW channel to find the titles you are interested in recording. Click on the title you want and hit the Record button.


That's it! You are recording HBO NOW. You can add more titles to your queue at any time.

Now you can use your PC to do whatever you like and PlayOn will make the recording in the background. When the recording is complete – you will receive a notification.


Once you have recorded your HBO NOW video, you can also:

  • Download your HBO NOW movie or show to your iPad or iPhone through the send to iTunes button. Watch ad-free with the PlayOn Mobile app (get it free in the iTunes store).
  • Download yourHBO NOW video to any Android device or another PC by moving it from the Windows File Explorer directory. Watch ad-free with the PlayOn Mobile app (get it free in the Google Play store).
  • Watch your HBO NOW recording on your TV by clicking Cast from the PlayOn PC console (if you have a streaming device).
  • Watch your recording from the free PlayOn channel on your Roku. It is essentially an .mp4 file for you to watch whenever and wherever you want.
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