HBO Go

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HBO Go
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Predecessor(s) HBO on Broadband
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Area served United States
Key people Richard Plepler (CEO)
Owner Home Box Office Inc.
Parent Time Warner
Website www.hbogo.com
Type of site Video on demand
Registration Subscription to HBO through participating pay television provider required to access content
Available in English
Launched February 8, 2010; 5 years ago (2010-02-08)
Current status Active

HBO Go is a TV Everywhere service offered by the American premium cable network HBO, owned by Time Warner subsidiary Home Box Office Inc. It allows users who are subscribers to the service on participating providers to stream a video on demand selection of HBO content, including current and past series, films, specials, and sporting events, through either the HBO website, or apps on mobile devices, video game consoles, and digital media players. The service first launched on February 18, 2010.

Overview[edit]

HBO Go is the successor to HBO on Broadband, which was originally launched in January 2008 to Time Warner Cable customers in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1][2] Programming content available on the service consisted of 400 hours of feature and HBO original television films (including 130 movie titles that rotated monthly), specials and original series that could be downloaded to computers, at no extra charge for HBO subscribers; in order to access HBO on Broadband content, users had to be a digital cable customer that had a subscription to HBO, and used their cable company as their internet service provider.

The service launched nationally as HBO Go on February 18, 2010, initially available through Verizon FiOS.[3] Over the following years, the service expanded to other providers including AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable,[4] DirecTV,[5] Dish Network,[6] Suddenlink Communications,[7] and Charter Communications in some states,[8][9] as well as through Google TV.[10] Individual providers have restrictions on which devices can access HBO Go (either due to contractual or authentication reasons); for instance, Charter currently disallows use of the service through Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, while allowing access through Roku.

At launch, the service was accessible only on personal computers via the HBO website. Applications for iOS and Android devices were released on April 29, 2011, making the service available on smartphones and tablet computers.[11] The app had over one million downloads in its first week, and was downloaded over three million times by the end of June 2011.[12][13]

In October 2011, Roku streaming players became the first television-connected devices to support the service, and availability was later rolled out to the Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation consoles, Samsung Smart TVs, and Xbox consoles. Availability on set-top boxes and gaming consoles is determined by individual cable providers in the United States with some omissions. Currently Charter Communications does not support the Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, and Comcast does not support the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Fire TV and did not support Roku players until late 2014.[14][15]

HBO Now[edit]

Main article: HBO Now

On October 15, 2014, following a trial of a similar service in Nordic Europe, HBO announced that it planned to launch an over-the-top subscription service in 2015, which would allow users to subscribe to HBO without requiring a subscription to a pay television provider. The decision marks a significant change to HBO's business model, as the service will be marketed directly to consumers rather than through television providers. The new offering will primarily target "cord cutters", who primarily use online video services such as Netflix for video content and television programming rather than having a subscription to a cable or satellite provider.[16][17] The new service, HBO Now, was officially unveiled on March 9, 2015 for a launch in April of that year, with mobile and digital media player support exclusive to Apple devices at launch.[18]

Content[edit]

HBO Go streams a selection of theatrically released films (via film studios that maintain distribution deals with HBO including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and network sister company Warner Bros. Pictures) with a significant number of titles added and removed from the service every month. HBO original series are available on a permanent basis. New episodes of current series are typically available for streaming beginning at the time of their initial broadcast in the Eastern Time Zone on the linear HBO channel.[19] HBO Go does not carry several past HBO series such as Tales from the Crypt, Tenacious D, 1st & Ten, The Larry Sanders Show, Arliss, Da Ali G Show, The Ricky Gervais Show and Mr. Show with Bob and David.[20]

Unlike TV Everywhere services offered by other broadcast and cable-satellite television networks, HBO Go does not provide access to near-real-time streams of HBO's linear channels (Max Go, the TV Everywhere service of sister premium service Cinemax, also does not offer streams of any of that network's linear television channels).

Devices[edit]

Provider support[edit]

Provider Amazon Fire TV Apple TV PS3 PS4 Roku Samsung Smart TV Xbox 360 Xbox One
Advanced Cable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Antietam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Armstrong Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Astound Broadband Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AT&T U-verse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atlantic Broadband Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ATMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BendBroadband Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Black Forest No Yes No No No No No No
Blue Ridge Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bright House Networks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Buckeye CableSystem Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Burlington Telecom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BVU OptiNet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cable One Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Canby Telcom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cedar Falls Utilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CenturyLink Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charter No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clear Creek Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comcast No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comporium Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Consolidated Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Conway Corporation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cox Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DirecTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DirecTV Puerto Rico Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dish Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Docomo Pacific Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easton Cable Velocity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EATEL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
enTouch Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPB Fiber Optics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frankfort Plant Board Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frontier Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GCI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Fiber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grande Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Greenlight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GTA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GVTC Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hawaiian Telcom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hiawatha Broadband Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Home Telecom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Home Town Cable Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hood Canal Telcom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horry Telephone Cooperative Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hotwire Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jackson Energy Authority Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Liberty Cablevision Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Long Lines Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LUSFiber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MCTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mediacom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MetroCast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metronet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MI-Connection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Midcontinent Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Morris Broadband Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MTA Solutions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nextech Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
North State Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Norwood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OpenBand Multimedia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optimum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rainier Connect Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RCN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Service Electric Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Slope Cooperative Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suddenlink Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Summit Broadband Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SureWest Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TDS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Time Warner Cable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TruVista Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Verizon FiOS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Volcano Vision, Inc. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
watchTVeverywhere
(various smaller providers)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wave Broadband Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WOW! Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yadtel Telecom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
California Polytechnic State University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
California State University, Monterey Bay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Concordia University Chicago Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fitchburg State University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Florida International University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Harvard University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Loyola Marymount University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shippensburg University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stony Brook University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University at Buffalo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of Colorado Boulder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of South Florida Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of Alabama Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of Washington Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University of Wyoming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HBO Employee / Guest Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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