The battle for your eyeballs and leisure time is heating up on home consoles, as HBO has revealed plans to bring its all-you-can-watch HBO Go streaming service to connected TVs and video game systems.
Originally released as a browser-based extension of HBO's programming back in 2010 – and later as a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices – HBO Go TV Everywhere allows paying HBO subscribers access every last morsel of HBO content online or on-the-go. CEO Jeff Bewkes announced HBO's plans to port the service to home consoles during an earnings call this morning, saying the entertainment company was inspired to offer HBO Go to non-mobile devices for the first time ever by the success of its iPhone/Android app, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times.
Bewkes did not offer a timeline as to when console owners can expect HBO Go, or if the service will finally be available to Canadians. When it does arrive, however, it will likely appear on PS3 and Xbox 360 dashboards similar to that of existing streaming content services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. A full breakdown of HBO Go in its current form can be read at the HBO site. Unless you're Canadian, in which case (again), you're not invited to the party.
Will there be room in your schedule (and/or wallet) for when HBO Go makes its debut? Let us know what you think of the incoming service below.
Aug 3, 2011