HBO Go

OK, Chromecast fans. Add another supported app onto the list. HBO has just updated its HBO Go Android app to support Chromecast. 

And ... well, that's about it. Fire it up just like you would any other Chromecast stream, and you're watching HBO on your TV, through Chromecast. You'll still need an HBO subscription, of course. And some sort of Android device. And a Chromecast. But other than that, this is pure magic.

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tgrant1975 says:

Cool!!! Now all I need is to be able to stream my local media, then I'm all set.

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^Agreed wholeheartedly.

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drewsammie says:

this is great for us Comcast customers who have HBO go blocked on our Ruko's and such. (I hope there is no way they can block this)

TheNexusMan says:

They wouldn't block this. This is an official partnership with HBO.

hyped89 says:

Add twitch.tv and it's game over.

djstarion says:

I just want any sort of live streaming. Even through YouTube.

TheNexusMan says:

I agree. The fact that YouTube live streams don't cast, sucks.

Cubfan says:

Did they update it with Kitkat support? If so, I'm going to upgrade my N7.

downtown3641 says:

It works just fine on my Nexus 7 running 4.4.

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DirkBelig says:

Good catch. After waiting forever for them to update to 4.3 - like only a month before KitKat dropped - only to have 4.4 break it, so I hadn't been aware it had been updated. Sweet. Now I don't need to use my friend's XBL Gold account to watch on my TV.

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brendilon says:

Wish I could get an HBO orHBO Go subscription without cable. When will content providers realize how much money they could make going ala carte?

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

twolastnames says:

Because they won't make more money. They would have to charge $5 or less and then have way less control. In reality they charge $10 and everyone complains about it being more expensive than Netflix. For now, like it or not, they are going to stay with cable.

derp

eahinrichsen says:

HBO probably wouldn't be able to do it. They'd have to charge individual subscribers a LOT. One of NPR's programs (which I can't specifically name because it has a spam-triggering word in the title) did a pretty good podcast a few months ago that talks about that and some other cable bill weirdness.

http://goo.gl/wb15PO

TomW093 says:

Awesome! I just wish I could sign up for HBO Go without having a cable plan.

mattopotamus says:

I honestly do not think that is too far out. The apps, IMO, are a sign they are serious about offering their own subscription.

twolastnames says:

Wrong. Hbo gets used as a bargaining chip during cable retransmission contract negotiations. That's why all the best shows are on the movie channels now.

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tflash says:

If I have to have an HBO subscription with a cable box, then why would I want to use a tablet or computer and chromecast to watch HBO?

Most cable services have video on demand or DVRs built in.
So why wouldn't I just use my cable system to watch HBO?

I thought 'casting' to a TV from the internet was about getting rid of the cable box and package channel deals to save money and add convenience.

This makes little sense to me.

richardfoc says:

HBO Go offerings are much more extensive than what you get via OnDemand. For example you can access every episode of every series HBO has ever broadcast. You can't do that via OnDemand. Also the library of available movies is larger with HBO Go than OnDemand.

Impulses says:

Plus you can take your HBO to other rooms/places without paying for an extra box etc. Chromecasting is just a bonus to the app really, you could do the same thing but wired with a SP adapter, so why limit it wirelessly?

sjd2246 says:

Yes!

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Joe H. says:

Great news!!!

sydseale says:

Yay! Now people who can watch HBO on their TV can watch....HBO on their TV!

I'm sure I'm missing something here, but so is HBO.

blazer236ix says:

I use another persons HBO log in buy I can only watch HBO on the GO app. Now I can just watch it on my TV with chromecast.

Hootermancs says:

Oh cool, so your HBO channel lets you watch any episode of their shows any time you want with a fantastic interface? Lucky you! Mine just plays scheduled programming.

My HBO on demand does

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Hootermancs says:

Please try to convince me that your HBO on Demand interface is nearly as good as the HBO to Go app.

Why do I need to convince you?

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My HBO On Demand only allows me to watch the latest season of their shows. The HBO Go app gives me access to all seasons of whatever show I want to watch. The app is better than what my cable provider allows.

miles4000 says:

I was trying to figure out why this would matter if you can already watch HBO on your TV. It now makes sense that its about the GO app giving you more access to older content and now can watch it on your TV. Thanks.

brendilon says:

And on other people's TVs.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

Hilarious!!!

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twolastnames says:

For a tv without a cable box.

derp

tflash says:

Is your living room couch broken?

twolastnames says:

People don't want to rent boxes for every room, you can still have cable without a box, but you don't get the digital stuff. So ya, try again.

derp

Cubfan says:

Looks like I can sell my Roku now.

This. I have a Roku 1. It is so incredibly buggy now. Can't wait to pick up a Chromecast.

Hah, good luck with that!

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Android Central App question: should I be able to link to the supported app list (or anything else in Forums) within the Android Central app? It always links out to Chrome, which sucks. Tried clearing defaults...haven't checked app settings yet.

Thanks, folks.

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HighDef says:

Try going to your device Settings/Apps and select Chrome, then Clear Defaults. That may resolve the issue.

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HighDef says:

Sorry, I see you already tried clearing defaults. :-(

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havanahjoe says:

It looks like there are some bugs to iron out, but I'm excited it's finally here.

teemoe says:

Finally Samsung Note 3 support. Works great on my T-mobile Note 3

ekt8750 says:

Yes! I was pissed when I got my Note 3 last week and found that it wasn't supported.

Mychaiel says:

I see that it works for some of you with KitKat 4.4... But for me HBO Go and Max Go both crash for me!

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rawpower87 says:

Good bye Xbox live subscription, that was the only thing holding me back.

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SeigaGen says:

Crunchyroll to get chromecast support, then the circle will be complete :-)

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thekendog says:

Chromecast icon doesn't show on my Nexus 7 2013. Works fine on my Moto X though.

rudyy50 says:

Hopefully soon, HBO, Turner Classic Movies, and other channels without commercials will offer Roku channels.
I don't foresee ever again subscribing to television.
The networks (with their buttload of ad money) should pay cable and satellite companies to deliver the content free to our homes.
In exchange, we have to put up with their stupid ads.
If a network isn't making enough from ads, then go out of business.

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twolastnames says:

The irony of your statement was that your cable fees were supposed to pay for the channel ad free, but someone got greedy.

derp

haydenbe says:

Finally!!!!!

Finally!!

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Finally!!

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Dillsnufus says:

Works on the Note 3 now too . Yay!!!!

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iOS app updated as well...

somfw says:

It must be the "New Math". What's the big deal with this? Other then going to a friends house that doesn't have HBO with your dongle in tow, what's the benefit?

With FiOS HBO, I get 28 HBO channels (14 HD and 14 SD). I also get free HBOGO as well as free HBO on demand. So, Other than the ability to more easily watch some back catalog HBOGO show that I've probably already seen on my TV rather than my PC, tablet or smartphone. Again,what's the big deal?