Google Chromecast owners were a little disappointed when it was revealed that the recently launched HBO Now streaming service wasn’t compatible. The folks at HBO seem to have heard their complaints as a new update to the app on Android finally enables support for the Google Chromecast. There’s no Android TV support in sight though, but users can use the Chromecast to beam content onto the Android TV, which is better than nothing.
The update change log mentions that HBO Now is getting push notifications as well, which is a good addition to the app. The service was initially an exclusive to iOS users, but HBO recently introduced HBO Now on the Play Store as well.
We must mention here that HBO Now is still blocked on rooted devices, so you might have to use a stock device to use it without interruptions. Although there might be workarounds to get it working on a rooted device, it’s quite evident that HBO doesn’t want modified handsets to access its service. Hit the Play Store to update HBO Now and gain Chromecast support.
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Android Police
Piracy of digital content is a large scale affair, and most people on the internet succumb to piracy with the temptation of not having to pay a penny to any sort of content at any given time of the day. TV Shows is also one of the most pirated things on the internet, as you would expect. People living outside the U.S cannot really access TV shows which are exclusive to the country, and the lack of legal downloadable content is what eventually drags people to the abyss of piracy. It is now being reported that among TV Shows, Game of Thrones (HBO) was the most pirated in 2012. The previous year, popular TV show Dexter held this spot which has now come down to the #2 place thanks to the immense popularity of GoT. A single episode of Game of Thrones was downloaded 4,280,000 times. That should tell you about the popularity of the show. It is immediately apparent that the show is more popular outside the U.S as the estimated viewership of the TV Show in the U.S is only 4,200,000.
It is believed that over 80% of the people downloading the app come from outside the U.S. Australia seems to have taken a particular liking to the show since the show is aired a week later than the actual telecast in the U.S, which explains the eagerness to get it. BitTorrent downloads are increasing with each passing day despite efforts by producers, companies to curb piracy. A reason for the popularity of Game of Thrones with pirates could have something to do with HBO’s limited access viewership for global audiences. Shows like the Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother are third and fourth respectively, which sees massive amounts of downloads even in the U.S.
Piracy is never a great idea as it is in stark contrast to the policies put in place by the government. Even though people know all the legal ramifications, they go ahead with the process. Perhaps if network operators/channels went a little easy on its viewers and offered a chance to view content online, most of this can be ended. I’m sure most people wouldn’t mind paying as long as they have instant access to the said TV Show/Movie. Commonly, the urge to download a newly released movile is more as it saves the time to walk into an actual theater and pay for the ticket. So no matter what the government does, people will always find a way through to get it pirated.
Source: Torrent Freak
Last year Netflix announced that they were going to add their own Netflix produced content to the thousands and thousands of shows and movies available on the Netflix platform.
Their first show, Lilyhammer, is now available. Lilyhammer is a story about a former mob guy, played by Steve Van Zandt, from Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. After a life as a New York mobster Van Zandt’s character moves to Norway to start over.
Needless to say this show is a big hit in Norway where it’s already getting 1.2 million viewers each week. Theverge has found out that Lilyhammer is not available to UK Netflix users but it is available in the United States. It’s a web series of sorts with 8 minute episodes.
Netflix had over 2 billion hours of streaming in Q4. That’s an impressive number but Netflix is still hoping to improve on that with the introduction of their own produced content.
After a successful spring launch of HBO’s signature app, HBO Go, the fine folks at HBO are back at it again. This time they are expanding the Go concept to Cinemax subscribers.
HBO Go actually made it to Android before NetFlix did and allowed a superior streaming performance to any HBO subscriber who accessed the cable giants mobile library via credentials from their cable carrier. Max Go works the same way for Cinemax subscribers. Using credentials issued by the users cable company, Cinemax subscribers can get access to over 400 movies and tv shows that they love watching on Cinemax, on their Android phone.
The following carriers support the Max Go app: Charter, Cox, Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon Fios, Suddenlink and RCN. Comcast Xfinity and AT&T/U-Verse don’t currently support Max Go. As AndroidPolice point out, omitting two of the largest cable companies in the world has already garnered a slew of 1 star ratings for Max Go. It also doesn’t currently support Android 3.x Honeycomb so that tablet is out.
There’s a few more screenshots at the source: AP
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