HBO has announced they are actively exploring the Chromecast, but have yet to give a date on when the HBO Go app will be coming to the media streaming dongle.
The Chromecast was released last week and already both the media and consumers have been parading it as one of the biggest achievements for Google in the TV and media streaming space. Sales have been excellent, with Google having to kill the Netflix free three months offering due to high demand.
With this huge investment by both consumers and media, Pandora, Vimeo, RedBox Instant and HBO Go will apparently all be coming to the Chromecast soon, with added support on all platforms.
HBO Go was originally spotted by a hacker who gained entry to the Chromecast, finding some details of HBO on the media streamer. While the app is still not verified as a compatible player, HBO will start to add the Chromecast SDK onto their apps.
While Vimeo, Pandora and RedBox Instant will bring lots of new content to the Chromecast, we are still missing out on many shows. We wonder how long it will be till Hulu, Spotify, Amazon Prime and other media hubs support the Chromecast.
HBO Go is definitely the biggest news so far, offering around 1,400 different shows, it has a big connection to cable. This means users who want to get rid of their cable TV will not be able to use HBO Go, as it is a premium add on for cable users.
Of course, if you are already a subscriber to any of these channels you can use the Chromecast button on Chrome for Windows or Mac, to send the programs to the TV. This is still in beta however and we advise making sure you have a strong WiFi connection.
In light to giving its customers “TV Everywhere” experience, HBO Go made available its Android app that would bring real time programming to Android devices. The app is now available for download without a fee, although monthly subscription is required to be able to watch your favorite movies while on the go. This is the very purpose of HBO Go and it looks like anyone who has an Android smartphone or tablet will be given a chance to try this service.
This mobile HBO streaming service is only available in the US as of the moment and it is also device-dependent as it requires 3.5 inches screen size at the least. Smartphones with Android 2.1 and later can run this app and view their favorite shows without a problem. HBO has millions of subscribers in the US and bringing its service to the mobile market is one way of reaching new audience both old and young alike.
There are a handful of operators that provide access to HBO Go and they are as follows;
- AT&T U-verse
- Cablevision Systems
- Charter Communications
- Cox Communications
- Dish Network
- Mediacom Communications
- Suddenlink Communications
- Verizon FiOS
Having more than 1,400 titles available for mobile, HBO Go is a very attractive service especially for movie streamers. The minimum connection requirement to ensure good streaming frame rate is 3G, Wi-Fi is the most recommended.
On July 2nd, Monday, an update was released to deliver tablet support. So, the app is not just for the smartphones but for Android tablets as well. Currently, it only supports screen size as big as 11 inches. So, if you are one of the people who are using bigger tablets like what Toshiba offers (13 inches), it is worth a try installing this app and see if it works perfectly as well. After all, there is no note indicating it wouldn’t work with tablets having bigger screens than normal.
Having an app like HBO Go Android app may seem like heaven for people who are big fans of this premium cable channel. Price may vary depending on how much your operator would charge you with monthly subscription.
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