How Can I Watch HBO TV on My Laptop?

By Faizah Imani

When you are "on the go," you can still watch your favorite HBO shows on your laptop. Some cable companies, such as Dish Network, Comcast and Time Warner, offer "TV Everywhere" as a courtesy to its customers. This type of feature allows you to stream cable channels on your computer. If your cable company does not offer the option to watch TV on the go, you can still catch your favorite shows by purchasing hardware or using Internet resources.

Hardware

Step 1

Purchase a TV tuner and connect it to your laptop. These devices can be purchased online, as well as through many electronic retailers, such as Best Buy. Before purchasing a TV tuner, inquire with a sales associate to ensure the device will allow you to stream premium channels, such as HBO.The cost of the tuner can range anywhere from around $80 to $150 as of 2011, depending upon the device manufacturer and model. Many of the TV tuners are available as a USB device that you can insert into the USB port of your laptop.

Step 2

Install the TV tuner software and drivers onto your computer. To install the software and drivers, insert the software CD that came with the device into the CD-ROM drive of your computer. Complete the installation steps as indicated in the instructions.

Step 3

Open the TV tuner software on your computer. Locate the HBO channel to begin watching. Some tuners have a remote control that will allow you to easily navigate to the HBO channel.

Watch Online

Step 1

Ensure that you have a high-speed Internet connection on your laptop. Otherwise, your Internet speed will be too slow to watch HBO TV on your laptop.

Step 2

Subscribe to an online service that allows you to watch HBO TV on your computer. A few of the websites that allow this service are TV Neto, HBO Go and Clicker. In most cases, you will be charged a fee to watch HBO TV online. The exact fee will vary by service provider.

Step 3

Log in to your online account. Click the links for the specific program you want to watch. Depending upon the site, you may be able to view "Live Streams" in addition to "On Demand" streams.If a site requires you to download software onto your computer in order to watch HBO TV on your laptop, only do so if you are certain the site is a reputable and legitimate site. Otherwise, the download may contain tracking software or a virus that can damage your computer.