Google Play and Chromecast Users Can Now Get HBO Without Cable

Apple will soon lose its exclusivity to streaming HBO content. Are you more likely to subscribe?

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.

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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.

HBO Now will be available to purchase in the Google Play store, so users can stream via any Android device as well. Previously, HBO Now was only available for iOS devices via iTunes.

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?

Lindsay Sakraida
Contributing Writer

Lindsay Sakraida specializes in writing about retail trends and lifestyle subjects. She's also obsessed with music, movies, and tennis. Follow her on Twitter at @LinSakraida.
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@nimer: Google doesn't see your personal information. It uses your information to show you ads that may be of interest to you. Advertisers receive no personal information.
@snoonw: And google doesn't have any 'taxes'? In addition to selling your personal info to advertisers, google play prices don't seem to be that much lower than iTunes prices.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@snoonw (Unfortunately)
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@snoonw I don't think that's likely to happen...
hopefully it will also be cheaper on chromecast too. There is no apple gauging or apple tax needed