HBO has launched a mobile streaming service for current subscribers called HBO GO. It allows users of compatible PC’s, IOS devices and Android devices to stream HBO content over 3G or WiFi connections. Here’s what HBO has to say about this service:
What is HBO GO?
HBO GO is a service offered through participating television providers that gives you unlimited access to HBO on your computer and mobile devices. With HBO GO, you can watch your favorite HBO Original Series, blockbuster movies, sports, comedies and documentaries – whenever and wherever you want.
Are new shows available on HBO GO?
Yes, new HBO Original Series and blockbuster movies will be available on HBO GO, as well as hundreds of titles – from sports and documentaries to award-winning HBO original programming.
Do I need to subscribe to HBO to watch shows on HBO GO?
Yes, to watch shows on HBO GO you need an HBO subscription through a participating television provider.
Does HBO GO cost anything?
No, HBO GO is free as part of your HBO subscription and is available through participating television providers.
Is HBO GO available internationally?
No, HBO GO is only accessible in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.
Can I purchase HBO GO shows on a pay-per-view basis?
No, HBO GO does not offer pay-per-view. However, as part of your HBO GO subscription, you have access to hundreds of titles to watch every month.
What is required to sign up for HBO GO?
To sign up for HBO GO, you will need an HBO subscription through a participating television provider and the username and password from your television provider account. If you are using a computer to access HBO GO, you will need a high-speed Internet connection.
On which devices is HBO GO available?
HBO GO is available on a computer with a high-speed Internet connection and on the iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones. To access HBO GO you need an HBO subscription through a participating television provider.
What are the computer system requirements to access HBO GO from my computer?
HBO GO requires the following minimum system requirements: 1) An Adobe Flash Player with version 10.0 or higher. 2) An Internet connection of 3.0Mbps or greater (for HD content). 3) For Windows: An Intel Pentium 4 3GHz processor (or equivalent) with 512MB RAM/128MB of VRAM. 4) For a Mac: An Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor, 512MB of RAM/128MB of VRAM. To check if you have the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player, go to www.adobe.com.
According to the HBO GO website, at the time that I wrote this article, the following providers were listed:
- Xfinity (Comcast);
- Cox (listed as a beta participant);
- DirecTV (my service);
- Dish Network;
- SuddenLink; and,
You can set watch lists for your shows and new episodes will automatically appear. Again from the HBO GO website:
How does the Watchlist work?
The Watchlist allows you to create a personalized list of shows you want to watch while they are available on HBO GO. Once you find a show you want to watch, select the (+) icon to add the show to your Watchlist. You can add an unlimited number of shows and from your computer, sort them by expiration date, title or your own customized order. The items in your Watchlist will remain the same, even when you log in to HBO GO from a different computer or mobile device. Shows will remain in your Watchlist until you remove or delete them, or they expire.
This looks like a nice, free way to extend my DirecTV/HBO subscription. If you are Stateside with one of the above-listed providers, take it for a spin!
I plan on trying this out my my computer and iPad devices. I’ll let you know how it works.