HBO NOW Standalone Streaming Service Arrives on Xbox One & Samsung Smart TVs

Posted Fri Apr 22, 2016 at 04:30 PM PDT by
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The premium cable network's standalone streaming platform is now available on more devices.  

HBO has announced the addition of HBO NOW to the Xbox One and select Samsung Smart TVs. The premium streaming service initially launched exclusively on Apple devices, and offers full access to the network's library of new and archive programming. The announcement comes just in time for the sixth season premiere of 'Game of Thrones' on April 24.

HBO NOW allows users to watch every episode of every season of HBO’s original programming, hit movies, documentaries, sports and exclusive comedy specials separate from a traditional cable or satellite subscription. The service offers more than 2,000 popular series and movies, including 'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective,' 'Silicon Valley,' 'Girls,' 'Veep,' 'The Wire,' 'Divergent,' 'X-MEN: Days of Future Past,' 'Neighbors,'  and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' 

Customers who own an Xbox One or 2016 Samsung Smart TV can now download the HBO NOW app. In addition, support for 2015 Samsung Smart TVs is expected to be added soon. HBO NOW is also available on Roku playersRoku TVsFire TVFire TV Stick, Fire tablets, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and Android devices. An HBO Now subscription currently costs $15 per month and new users will receive a 30-day free trial offer. 

Outside of HBO, Showtime also offers its own standalone streaming service for $11 per month. Likewise STARZ offers a separate streaming option for $9 per month; CBS offers its CBS All Access service for $6 per month; NBC has its Seeso comedy platform for $4 per month; and Lionsgate offers several streaming platforms including Tribeca ShortlistComic-Con HQ, and the upcoming Laugh Out Loud.

Sources: Xbox, Engadget, Variety 

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