Google Play and Chromecast Users Can Now Get HBO Without Cable
During an Apple conference earlier this year, HBO announced its long-awaited standalone streaming service, HBO Now. Debuting right before the Game of Thrones premiere, the service allows users to have access to the premium channel's programming without subscribing to cable or having a cable login.
Despite being priced at $15 per month — which is higher than what more robust services like Hulu Plus and Netflix charge — media fans were excited by the prospect of getting HBO without cable. The only catch, however, was that the service was only available for streaming on an iOS device.
As of today, that's no longer the case.
HBO Now Available Via Google Play and Chromecast
During today's Google I/O event, the search engine behemoth announced that HBO Now will soon be compatible with Android devices, which includes Google's streaming dongle, the Chromecast.
That means users who want to watch HBO on their TV without paying for a cable subscription (or "borrowing" their friends' cable login) will be able to use HBO Now via Chromecast, Android TV, or the Apple TV. Roku is notably still excluded.
There is no hard release date yet for Android access, but Google says sometime this summer, perhaps in time for the True Detective premiere.
Readers, are you more likely to subscribe to HBO Now if it's available for Android devices?