Fear not, cord cutters: HBO’s standalone streaming service, HBO Now, is coming to Android devices and Chromecast later this summer. Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome, and Apps, made the announcement during Google I/O’s keynote presentation on Thursday, assuring everyone that the service would launch just in time for the season premiere of True Detective—which is June 21.
HBO Now is currently only available on Apple devices, due to a 90-day exclusivity deal made between Apple and HBO back in March. We figured HBO Now would have a wider release once those 90 days passed, but it’s reassuring to have a somewhat official launch date. No word on whether or not there will be a subscription price difference between Apple and Google devices—HBO Now costs $15 a month on Apple. Apple users must download the free HBO Now app for iPhone and iPad to watch content, or access HBO’s website via an Apple device or Apple TV, so it’s safe to guess that the Android version will be similar. Pinchai also mentioned that a Cast button would be added to the HBO Now app on iOS.
The beauty of HBO Now is that it doesn’t require a cable subscription, so HBO Now subscribers can have access to HBO’s full lineup of movies and original shows without having to shell out for a pricey TV bundle. Let the summer binge watching begin.
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