On July 16th, the three-month exclusive deal with Apple has expired and HBO Now is extending to Android and several Amazon devices, soon to be available on even more. Since April, Apple has been the only product to support HBO streaming service on mobiles, but now, it’s time for an expansion.
The company announced on Tuesday that the $14.99 monthly subscription will be available for Android users as well, which comes with access to popular shows such as “True Detective” or “Game of Thrones”, recently nominated for 24 Emmy awards.
Along with the first subscription, consumers will have a free 30-days trial to enjoy new movies and older quality TV Series, such as “Rome” or “The Wire”. It does not only allow users to use the streaming service on their smartphones, but will also have access to them through HBO’s website.
But Android will not be the only ones partnering up with the popular cable TV company. Amazon devices such as Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7 and Fire HD 8.9 tablets are also ready to stream, with Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to be added to the fold in the following weeks.
The deal with Apple has brought HBO a number of 850,000 subscriptions that will most definitely skyrocket soon enough. Android currently has 75 million potential users, who could subscribe to the new HBO Now streaming service, so this holds vast potential for the company.
Amazon may not have that great of numbers, but it holds itself steady at a few million users themselves.
And HBO Now will not be stopping there. It has been announced that their plans are to reach out even further to Chromecast in the future, so Google will not be left out either. This could pose potential trouble in the media-streaming market for competitors, with HBO’s wide variety of movies and original TV series.
It’s also to be noted that the streaming service will be available exclusively in the United States, at the very least for now. It remains to be seen if it will be made available outside its borders. So users should make sure it’s set to an available region before attempting to access the streaming service.
The HBO now application will be available later today, to be downloaded via Google Play Store and pay the $14.99 subscription that comes with a free 30-days trial.
Season 2 of “True Detective” is currently running on HBO, but users will have to wait until next year to stream a new season of “Game of Thrones”. In the meantime, new movies and older seasons are available if you’re feeling in the mood for dragons, drama and political schemes.
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