HBO Go coming to home consoles

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

Source: GigaOm 


  • Dredgon - August 6, 2011 5:38 p.m.

  • wrayday - August 4, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    This will tank hard! Why? Oh I dunno, maybe they should just partner with Netflix or Hulu to cut costs. I like some HBO shows, but I do not want to pay for them on top of Netflix which has the capability to stream media already in place.
  • chrisat928 - August 4, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Game console... Game console... Game console... Game console... Game console... Game console... Game console... Hopefully if I say it enough, it'll actually happen.
  • MattOfSteel - August 4, 2011 3:43 a.m.

    It is a step in the right direction to finally being able to get channels that you want instead of having to buy a giant bundle full of things you don't want. But yeah ... waiting on a price and hoping for Showtime to follow suit.
  • BlackElement17 - August 4, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    I'm okay with this.
  • therawski - August 3, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    If I could just pay for HBO then I would have it, but because I have to pay for a bundle with about 300 channels of crap that NOONE should watch, they aren't in my wallet anytime soon. Maybe these entertainment companies will get with the times.
  • falcon4196 - August 3, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    With game of thrones and an adaptation of American Gods in the works I'd be interested if it were possible to subscribe to HBO Go without getting HBO itself.
  • beezn - August 3, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    This is a useless add on to me. I don't want HBO on cable. If it were available to use the service without having cable then I would be very interested. I don't want to pay more money to a company that I am already pissed that I have simply because the wife likes the Lifetime channel, in order to access their online content which is what I'm really interested in.
  • Zepaw - August 3, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    I would be interested in a Showtime version of this, I rarely get into HBO content. Hard to decide what to go with with all these streaming services. I still prefer Netflix as I refuse to pay $10 a month for Hulu Plus and still have commercials.

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