Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Watch HBO Now in the UK for free*



Update 03/2017: Head to http://unzoner.com instead for a hardware based Netflix unblocking solution, which works with all screen devices. You can also subscribe to the mailing list to be notified of important changes.

Apple slashed the price of their Apple TVs to £59 in the UK to coincide? with the release of HBO Now on the same. However, unfortunately the app is only available on the US Apple TVs.

So what about all the people in the Old World, eager to purchase a subscription and watch quality HBO programming?

Such conversations go something like this:
customer: "HBO, please take my UK pounds!"
HBO: "Sorry, we can't, but we would *really* like to?"


So to help HBO take your UK £'s, here is how:

  1. Create your own US mail drop address (e.g. www.shipito.com)[n1]
  2. Create iTunes US Store account with your US postal address
  3. Purchase iTunes US gift card (e.g. www.offgamers.com)
  4. Load your gift card onto the iTunes account
  5. Change your ATV to use your US account and switch stores (in settings)
  6. Configure geo-bypass for HBO Now (e.g. github.com/ab77/netflix-proxy)[n2]
  7. Enjoy!


Footnotes
[1] You now have an official (and legal) US postal address to use for correspondence.

[2] This is a Netflix-proxy-in-a-box solution I put together using open source software and Docker hosted on Digital Ocean. It will work just the same, as long as you add hbonow.com to the relevant config files along side netflix.com:

edit /opt/netflix-proxy/data/sniproxy.conf and add:


table {
    .*\.hbonow\.com *
    hbonow\.com *
}

edit /opt/netflix-proxy/data/zones.override and add:

zone "hbonow.com." {
    type master;
    file "/data/db.override";
};

restart Docker containers:

# docker restart bind sniproxy