It looks like HBO fans are finally getting what they have begged HBO to give for years: a streaming service that did not require the usual pay TV subscription. And now it will reach more viewers.
The new standalone streaming service HBO Now is now available to Verizon Wireless broadband customers and wireless subscribers.
HBO and Verizon announced their new agreement Tuesday, which allows Verizon to distribute HBO Now on its digital platforms and its up and coming mobile video streaming service Go90. Go90 is expected to be released by the end of the summer and it will feature HBO content such as trailers and clips, USA Today reports.
Current broadband customers can use Time Warner’s streaming service either on FiOS or high-speed internet with a free 30-day trial now. After the trial period is over, it costs $14.99 to keep the internet-only streaming service, which offers access to HBO content such as TV series like Game of Thrones and a large movie collection. Eventually, HBO Now will be available to more than 100 million Verizon Wireless customers too. No announcements have been regarding when that option will be open.
Verizon’s executive director of content strategy and acquisition Ben Grad said in a statement that Verizon customers “want choice in accessing premium content when and where they choose, on a variety of devices.” “HBO Now brings compelling content and choice to Verizon broadband customers today – and exciting possibilities for HBO content within Verizon’s pending mobile video service,” Grad added.
HBO Now was launched in April. It is available Apple TV and other Apple devices along with Amazon Fire TV, Android devices, Google Chromecast and other broadband Internet providers like Comcast, LA Times reports.