HBO Now Coming to Google's Android Devices
The streaming service will be available on Android devices and Android TV starting this summer.
Apple is losing its HBO Now exclusivity.
The standalone streaming service from the cable net will become available on Google's Android operating system this summer, Google senior vp Sundar Pichai announced Thursday at the search giant's annual developer conference.
The $14.99 subscription service, which gives non-cable customers access to live streams of current HBO shows such as Game of Thrones and catalogs of past shows including The Sopranos, will be available for download in the Google Play store, making it available on Android devices. It will also support Chromecast on Android, iOS and web browsers and will be available on Android TV.
"We're looking forward to expanding our relationship with Google through HBO Now," said Bernadette Aulestia, HBO executive vp, domestic network distribution. "We have seen through social media that there is great demand for the service among Android and Chromecast users and we’re excited to deliver HBO NOW to them."
HBO Now — a product that is nearly identical to HBO Go without the cable subscription authentication — launched in April ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere with Apple as its exclusive digital partner. At the time, HBO said that Apple would have exclusivity for a short period of time before it began looking for additional partners. Cablevision became the first pay TV provider to offer HBO Now by making it available to its Optimum online subscribers.