HBO Now lands on Fire TV & Fire TV Stick in “coming weeks”

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Amazon has just announced that HBO Now is officially coming to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in the “coming weeks.” The latest generation of Fire tablets will have access to the new HBO Now app starting today.

HBO Now is HBO’s new stand-alone streaming service that gives you full access to HBO’s content without the need of a cable subscription. The service first launched back in April exclusively on Apple devices. HBO Now costs $14.99 per month, but the company has been hinting at the idea of offering discounted subscriptions for longer commitments.

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HBO Now officially announced for Android and Chromecast

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HBO Now is currently only available on Apple devices due to an exclusivity deal between the two companies. Apple’s exclusivity deal is expected to end in about a month and, unsurprisingly, it looks like the Google Play Store will be the next platform to get the new service. The announcement was made during today’s big Google I/O keynote presentation. No specifics were given during the announcement, but HBO has said the service will arrive on Android “this summer” with support for casting to Chromecast devices. Interestingly, the announcement was made during the Chromecast portion of Google’s keynote, not during the brief Android TV portion. It wouldn’t surprise me if HBO Now was initially incompatible with Android TV when it arrives in the Google Play Store.

This announcement is good news for Fire TV users since it doesn’t take much to release a Fire TV version of the app once HBO finishes their Android version. We may even be able to sideload and use the Android version on Fire TV devices while we wait for official support from HBO.

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HBO Now may be less expensive when it arrives on the Fire TV and other devices

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When Apple’s exclusivity agreement for HBO Now comes to an end in July, we can expect the service to quickly make its way to additional platforms like the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. When that time comes, there may be additional pricing options to choose from, other than the current rate of $14.99 per month. HBO has been sending emails to customers opting to cancel their HBO Now subscription with surveys which hint that the company is considering offering discounts to those willing to pre-pay for the new service. The survey lists a three-month price of $29.99, a six-month price of $59.99, and a one-year price of $99.99. That one-year price would bring the service down to $8.34 a month, which is a considerable discount of over 44% off the current monthly price. Read more ›

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HBO and Showtime apps on Fire TV devices now work for Comcast Xfinity customers

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When HBO Go arrived on the Fire TV last december, the celebration for Comcast customers was short lived when they quickly learned that Comcast was not included in the approved list of cable service providers that granted access to the app. Amazon immediatly began negotiating with Comcast to allow Fire TV customers access, and now those talks have paid off. Comcast Xfinity customers who pay for HBO or Showtime can now activate the HBO Go or Showtime Anywhere apps on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With HBO Now, the stand-alone service that doesn’t require a cable subscription, just around the corner, it feels like this gesture from Comcast comes too little too late.

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Sling TV now offers live and on-demand HBO for an additional $15 per month

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If you can’t wait for HBO’s stand-alone subscription service, HBO Now, to come to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, then Sling TV has you covered. The over-the-top streaming television service has just added HBO to their line-up of ever growing extra channel packages. You’ll still need to subscribe to their $20 per month base service to add HBO, but it’s now the only way to watch HBO on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick without a traditional cable subscription. Read more ›

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HBO Go now available on the Amazon Fire TV Stick

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When HBO Go arrived on the Amazon Fire TV in December of last year, Fire TV Stick owners were left empty handed. Amazon said the app would make its way to the Fire TV Stick “this Spring”. Well, it’s not officially Spring yet, but the wait for Fire TV Stick owners is over. HBO Go is now available on both the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

HBO Go allows cable subscribers of the premium cable network streaming access to the network’s content. That is, of course, if your cable provider allows it. However, your cable providers death grip on HBO will soon come to an end. The network will be launching their new stand alone service, HBO Now, in a few weeks. The new service will not require a cable subscription, but instead cost $14.99 a month on its own as a stand-alone subscription. HBO Now will initially be exclusive to Apple products for 3 months, after which it’s expected to make it’s way to Fire TV devices.

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Apple’s HBO Now exclusivity to end in July

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The just announced standalone HBO subscription service, HBO Now, will be exclusive to Apple devices when it launches next month. We’ve learned now that Apple’s exclusivity will only last 3 months, so expect the service to land on other devices like the Fire TV as early as July. Interestingly though, subscribers will also be able to access HBO’s programming on their website from the beginning. This means Apple’s hold on the service isn’t as tight as it first appeared since it seems any computer, including Windows devices, will also be able to watch via HBO’s website. We’ll have to wait and see whether signing up for the service will require an iOS device or not.

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HBO Now launching exclusively on Apple TV in April for $14.99 per month

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HBO’s CEO, Richard Plepler, just took the stage at Apple’s watch event to announce that HBO’s stand-alone streaming service, HBO Now, will be launching this April. The service, which does not require a cable subscription, will initially be exclusive to Apple TV devices and will cost $14.99 per month. A launch date was not given, but Plepler did say the service would launch in time to watch Game of Throne’s season 5 premier on April 12th. Apple has also announced that the 2 year old Apple TV will finally be receiving a price reduction from $99 to $69.

Seeing how the announcement came at an Apple event, it’s no surprise that no word was given on when the service would make its way to other devices. Considering Amazon has a tight relationship with HBO, it’s safe to say the service will eventually make its way to the Fire TV. We’ll just have to wait and see when that will be.

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HBO stand-alone subscription service reportedly launching in April for $15 per month

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HBO’s upcoming subscription service will reportedly be called “HBO Now” and is expected to cost $15 per month, according to a report by International Business Times. For the first time, consumers will be able to subscribe to HBO directly without the need of a television subscription. The new service will debut with a new app, instead of using the existing HBO Go apps. The two apps will coexist, with HBO Go delegated for cable subscriber access and HBO Now used for stand-alone access.

No word on if or when the new service will arrive on the Fire TV. The report only mentions Apple being most aggressive in courting HBO to add the service to the Apple TV. When HBO Go arrived on the Fire TV last December, Amazon said the app would make its way to the Fire TV Stick this spring. That time frame aligns perfectly with this new service, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see both HBO Go and HBO Now on both devices come this spring.

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HBO Go app requires updating

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Several people are reporting issues with the HBO Go app not able to play videos. It appears updating the app resolves those issues. Since it’s not the easiest thing to figure out how to update an app on the Fire TV, I wrote a quick guide to walk you through the steps.

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