HBO Go May Debut on Xbox on April Fool's Day
Xbox 360 will expand its impressive collection of video apps with the induction of HBO Go on April 1, according to a report from Engadget's Michael Gorman. At an HBO event in San Francisco, Gorman said that HBO’s co-president, Eric Kessler confirmed what has been suspected as being on its way.
HBO Go is already available on desktops, Android and iOS devices, as well as Roku boxes and some models of Samsung Internet-connected TVs, and it would make fast friends with the game console's other cable-killing video apps, such as Crackle, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Verizon FiOS, and ESPN.
But there's one problem: HBO Go still requires an HBO subscription through your cable provider. HBO would have a sure-fire hit if it ditched that old-school caveat. After all, Netflix lost its contract with Starz today, thereby losing most of its watchable content, and the Xbox 360 is inches away from eliminating the necessity of cable altogether. Even though that would be a prime example of HBO biting the hand that feeds it, opening HBO Go to the masses and doing away with the pricey interference of big cable would be an offering too tempting to ignore.