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‘HBO Now’ Arrives on Roku

It looks like Roku users just got an abundance of shows to watch, as HBO’s standalone internet subscription service is now available on the streaming device.  The subscription costs $14.99 a month, and also offers a 30-day free trial, giving users just enough time to binge-watch Game of Thrones without having to pay.

To start using the service, simply head to the Roku Channel Store and add the HBO Now channel to your Roku player or Roku TV.  From there, you can then buy a subscription or start a free trial.  The addition gives users access to “all of HBO” on your devices, the company said.  This means not only are you given hit series like Silicon Valley, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and Ballers, but also classic shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Sex and the City, and HBO movies such as American Sniper, Birdman, Unbroken, and many more.

The premium network’s internet subscription just launched earlier in the year in April, initially signing an exclusive deal with Apple so that fans could only sign up using an iOS device for the first three months.  However HBO Now has since expanded to many other platforms, including Android TV, and Amazon and Android Fire devices.  This goes against some prior rumours floating around which suggested Roku wasn’t going to get HBO Now.  Some informants even said the official website for the service previously didn’t mention Roku in its list of platforms it was “coming soon” to.  Fortunately this of course didn’t hold true.

“HBO NOW is a hit with consumers and we’re thrilled to make it available to millions of Roku customers,” said Jeff Dallesandro, senior vice president of HBO. “Bringing our programming to consumers through HBO NOW is a natural evolution for HBO, and partnering with a streaming leader such as Roku greatly extends the reach of our service as we usher in this next phase of innovation for our network.”

The service comes just in time to use with Roku’s new ultra high-definition (UHD or 4K) media streamer, the Roku 4, which came out earlier this week.

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