HBO GO is a dream for iPad users. iPad users that previously purchased their iPads hoping for TV content on them, but were unsatisfied by the iPad’s limited content and live TV streaming features, can now get some of their wishes fulfilled with the HBO GO app. But the best part is that the HBO GO app works on all Android devices too.
Current subscribers to HBO get to download an app on their iPad ( iTunes Link ), Android device ( Android Marketplace Link), or other device and select any show from HBO’s vast library of original shows. Previously, users would have to purchase these shows on expensive DVD sets and wait for them to arrive in the mail before popping them in the DVD player and watching them. But now, users can simply download the app, and with a valid subscription, they can watch any show in HBO’s library.
HBO GO has already had over 3 million downloads on Apple’s and Android’s app store in the few months that it’s been online. That’s pretty impressive for a single app. But it’s not surprising that it’s got so many downloads. It’s almost an essential for HBO GO subscribers. Current subscribers can get access to the full content library with their subscription, and that’s basically what they’re already paying for. Hit shows like The Wire and True Blood can now be watched from beginning to end without worrying about paying for them or missing them if they came on television. One of the main problems with it is that it is only for mobile devices so it is hard to watch it on the big screen while competing services like Netflix and Hulu make it easy to watch it on the big screen. HBO GO has a long way to go, but it is still a new app in the marketplace.
This app is best for users that already have smartphones and HBO subscriptions because it adds value and enriches a subscription versus just being something that can be purchased standalone. This is kind of the missing piece that ties them together.
HBO GO allows you to watch over 1,400 shows in every genre, along with bonus features, and behind-the-scenes footage. Whenever you want to watch, and wherever you are, you can watch HBO. You can also create a customized watch list so you can keep up with all your favorite shows and movies too. It is free with your existing HBO subscription with participating television providers.
HBO GO has over 600 hours of programming. It was launched on February 18th, 2010. You can stream in standard or high definition. There are movies, comedy specials, adult programming, and hit series. The app was launched on April 29th, 2011.
You can also get lots of interactive features with HBO GO like interacting with your app and getting in-depth information about information within the show that you wouldn’t be able to get a precise look at otherwise. Game of Thrones has some great interactive features.
HBO GO is a very simple application to use, and it has some benefits over Netflix and Hulu in that it is easier to use and has more sleek usability for subscribers because it is more focused in terms of the interface.