We knew Amazon and HBO had inked a deal that would bring HBO content to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, and that day is finally here. You can finally start streaming full series like The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, and Rome, plus a handful of others, and you’ll get access to some seasons of current shows like True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and Treme. Miniseries like Band of Brothers and The Pacific are available, and there’s even a few HBO movies, too. Toss in some HBO documentaries and comedy specials and you’ve got a ton of great content to stream through Amazon’s already excellent video service.
Amazon Prime members who use the Prime Instant Video service may be glad to know that HBO programming is heading their way. In a move just announced by the two companies, Amazon will be the exclusive online-only home for select HBO programs like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire amongst other as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers and John Adams. Over the course of the agreement, new programs like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will be made available about three years after airing on HBO. Prime members can expect to see the new content show up starting May 21st.
As part of the agreement, Amazon has agreed to make the HBO GO streaming service available on Amazon’s Fire TV. Some work apparently still needs to be done, so don’t expect a launch until later this year. Using HBO GO, users will be able to stream over 1,700 titles from HBO to their Fire TV devices.
You can check out the full press release after the break.
Normally, sharing your password to a streaming site is frowned upon. Netflix, Hulu, you name it; it’s not allowed in the terms of service and the companies generally don’t like it. HBO has taken the opposite stance, however. CEO Richard Plepler has publicly stated that account sharing is really just a marketing tool for building a newer generation of viewers. Account sharing allows more viewers to be exposed to HBO’s programming, which HBO hopes will get them “addicted” to their content. That means in the future, those viewers that were borrowing account passwords may eventually turn into paying subscribers.
It’s a bold stance, but it takes advantage of the nature of the way things work on the internet. People that just don’t want to pay for content will always find a way around it, but many users will eventually pay for a service if they see the content is worth paying for. HBO is embracing that, and I imagine it’ll pay off for them in the long run.
source: Android Spin
We had an idea it was coming soon when it prematurely was visible on the Chromecast support page last week. This morning, HBO GO was updated in the Play Store bringing Chromecast support. If you already have a Chromecast and an HBO subscription, just grab the HBO GO app from the Play Store by using one of the links below. If you already have HBO GO installed, then all you have to do is download the update, and you will be good to go. Download links after the break.
Pandora recently recently received Chromecast support, as did Hulu Plus, leaving HBO Go as the lone man out. According to the Google support page for Chromecast, support could be coming very soon, however. HBO Go is shown next to Pandora and Hulu Plus as a “new” app to Chromecast in the compatible apps and services section.
Someone probably slipped up and put this on the site prematurely, as there’s no description for HBO Go like there is for the other supported services. It’s still exciting to know that we should see support for the streaming service any day for Google’s insanely enticing $35 streaming dongle.
HBO has (finally) reached some kind of agreement with Google to allow their shows to be sold through Google Play. There are a few catches here, though. As of right now, there are only a few shows available, not all of their programming. You’ll be able to buy episodes/seasons of Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls, and The Wire. It’s not a massive selection, but it’s not bad at all. HBO is committed to getting more shows available in the future. You also can’t get the newest completed seasons if they haven’t been released on DVD yet (Game of Thrones seasons 1 and 2 are available, but not season 3) and they probably won’t be available until the most recent seasons hit store shelves and another new season starts.
Even with those few shortcomings, it’s great to finally have a legitimate (and relatively affordable) way to buy and watch some of these shows digitally.
source: Google Play
What’s that? You’re tired of the content from YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play on your Chromecast already? While I don’t think that’s possible, especially in a week’s time, have no fear! Vimeo and Redbox Instant have been confirmed to be working on adding support for Chromecast.
This move will surely cause Chromecast to be unavailable online for even more time, as the demand for the device has skyrocketed since its initial announcement last week.
Other media sources, such as Vimeo, Plex, HBO Go, Pandora, AOL, Revision3 are all rumored to be working on supporting Chromecast, or are at least “actively investigating and optimistic.”
If you weren’t planning on getting Chromecast before, are you now?
Are you a fan of HBO or Cinemax? You’ll be pretty happy with the latest updates to the HBO GO and MAX GO apps, which have added in incredibly convenient HDMI support. Now you’ll be able to get your favorite television shows on your big screen television easier than ever. This is a definite improvement over having to watch content on your phone screen all the time. Hit the link below to get your hands on the update.
Play Store Download Link
Considering our Android smartphones and tablets can handle HD content and allow us to view the content onto a bigger screen via HDMI, you’d think that it would be fairly common for apps to allow for those cool features. However, HBO Go and Cinemax are two apps that can surprisingly handle high-quality content, yet does not allow users to utilize HDMI. While it is a major bummer, it would be wise to remember that there are crafty Android users who can always find a workaround to such and yes friends— a crafty Android user managed to get HDMI working on the HBO Go and Cinemax apps. XDA member HBOTroll1 managed to modify both apps’ .apk files and managed to have the HDMI fully functional. HBOTroll1 was only able to test the customized .apk files out on his DROID 4 smartphone, but it’s expected that it will work on most other phones as well. It appears as though the customized files will possibly work on non-rooted devices as well, but there is no official word or confirmation just yet.
Full details are available once you hit the source thread below.
source: XDA Forums | Dropbox 1, 2
The HBO Go app received an update yesterday that originally stated it supported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with “performance enhancements and bug fixes”. Unfortunately, many of us who own Jelly Bean devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, discovered the app actually didn’t work.
Luckily HBO updated their app quickly, most likely changing permissions in the Play Store to allow devices actually running Jelly Bean, and the app is now available to download on the Nexus 7. Hit the break for download links.