These days more and more consumers are willing to forego their satellite and cable TV subscriptions in favor on building their own a la carte service using on demand video streaming devices like the Roku, Chromecast, or Apple TV. HBO is helping matters by creating their own standalone service under the moniker of HBO Now. If you are considering a similar cord-cutting move, you’ll need to make sure your resident Internet service is able to properly handle video streaming.

With high quality video streaming in mind, let’s take a closer look at HBO Now and its potential effect on your Internet bandwidth.

HBO Now Broadband

HBO Now Exclusive to Apple – For Now

When HBO Now first launched in April, the company gave Apple an exclusive on the service for three months. The app has been wildly successful at the iTunes App Store, topping the revenue charts for the month of May. Consumers are able to download the app for free, but a subscription comes with a monthly fee of $14.99, which provides access to HBO’s library of movies and original content — everything from the Sopranos to Game of Thrones.

With Apple’s HBO Now exclusive about the end, the service will become available on the Google Play Store, Chromecast, and other devices. If you are interested in finding out when you can get HBO Now for your device, submit your email address to HBO at their Now page. HBO also offers an introductory free trial so you can see if the on demand video service warrants spending a monthly fee.

What About HBO Now Broadband Capabilities?

When streaming HQ video over the Internet, a speed of 5 Mbps is a good benchmark to ensure a quality experience without extra buffering or stuttering video. Always perform regular speed tests to make sure your ISP offers enough bandwidth for your streaming needs.

While 5 Mbps works well as a baseline Internet service, if multiple people share the Internet service at your residence, more bandwidth is necessary to ensure everyone enjoys rich media streaming with minimal issues. Video streaming and online gaming tend to use the most bandwidth. Check out these four tips to improve the Internet performance at your house.

Once you get HBO Now, and sufficient bandwidth to handle it, you’ll easily be able to check in on the latest doings in Westeros either at home or on the road.