HBO Now Available on Android, Amazon Devices16 Jul, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Upstart subscription streaming service still not accessible via Roku devices
HBO Now, the premium pay-TV channel’s standalone over-the-top video service, July 16 announced it is now available on Google’s Android OS 4.1+ phones and tablets, in addition to Amazon Fire tablets.
HBO’s $14.99 monthly subscription streaming service launched in April exclusively on Apple iOS devices and Cablevision. The service, which was launched to go after Millennials, cord-cutters and myriad broadband homes not subscribing to HBO — and Netflix — still isn’t available via Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming media devices.
An HBO representative said there is no update regarding Roku, which helped launch Netflix’s streaming service in 2008. Roku, which is the largest-selling streaming media device in the country, offers TV access to Hulu Plus, Sling TV and Showtime’s nascent SVOD service.
Meanwhile, new customers can download the HBO Now app on their Android tablet and phone or on their Amazon Fire Tablets to begin a 30-day introductory free trial by signing up through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Upon registering, subscribers can also watch their favorite HBO programming on their computer at HBONow.com.
HBO Now, which is owned by Time Warner, features original programming such as “True Detective,” “Ballers” and “The Brink.” It also includes recent seasons of "Game of Thrones," "Silicon Valley," "Veep and "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" as well as uncensored programming such as “Girls,” “The Leftovers,” “The Jinx” and “Going Clear.”