HBO has now joined the ranks of media companies offering streaming content direct to the iPad. Today, the new HBO Go app was released, which will allow HBO subscribers to watch their favorite shows and movies wherever they happen to be. It’s a free service provided to HBO subscribers, and will work on WiFi or 3G connections.
If you happen to be an HBO subscriber, you will now have access to all original HBO content plus movies on demand. Sadly, if you’re not a subscriber to cable and the additional HBO channels, you won’t be able to use this app. As of now, HBO does not offer an à la carte option like Netflix.
HBO’s content is unmatched, with shows such as True Blood, Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, Six Feet Under, and the Sopranos. Plus HBO is always introducing the next great show – have you checked out their latest offering, Game of Thrones, yet? If you don’t subscribe, you may be interested now that you get so much more with your subscription fees. Did I mention that you’re not limited to current shows? That’s right, you can check out back episodes from shows that are no longer being produced.
In addition to shows and movies, HBO Go subscribers can access bonus features and behind the scene extras. The app also offers a customizable Watchlist that allows you to queue up shows you want to watch, and a Series Pass will automatically add shows that you want to follow in to your Watchlist.
The mobile HBO GO app is free to download, but it won’t work without an HBO subscription plan though a cable company. And beware, it doesn’t work with all providers yet, but supported providers include AT&T, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Suddenlink, Verizon, and Xfinity.
If you’re not a subscriber but want to take a look anyway, you can still download the app and check out the Preview to get an idea of what’s available. If you do have an HBO subscription and an iPhone or iPad, what are you waiting for? Check it out.