If you’ve been itchin’ to get your HBO fix without having to first subscribe to an expensive cable or satellite TV package, today is your day of celebration. Well, that is if you own an Apple device.
HBO Now, which was officially announced last month, is now available on Apple TV and via iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. All you have to do is pay $14.99 per month and you gain full access to all of HBO’s current programming as well as its extensive back catalog of movies and TV shows with on-demand access.
HBO is even offering customers who sign up in April a free 30-day free trial of the service, so it’s a win-win situation if you own an Apple device and want to try out HBO Now. And all of this comes just in time for the season five premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
For those without Apple devices, you’ll have to wait another three months according to previous reports — that’s when Apple’s exclusive rights to HBO Now will expire. After that point, we should see the HBO Now expand to other streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and the Roku 3.
A standalone, subscription-free version of HBO will also be coming to Dish Network’s Sling TV ‘cordcutter’ service later this month, but it will not have the full functionality of HBO Now. It will also be priced at $15 in addition to the base $20/month fee for Sling TV.