HBO Now Adds Android & Amazon Fire Apps

HBO Now recently added new apps for devices including Google Android and Amazon Fire tablets.  Google users will be able to watch via your Android mobile device and cast the service through your Chromecast (coming soon).  This gives access to the new HBO Now OTT video streaming service to a wider range of users.  If you haven’t had a chance to test HBO Now yet the site is offering all new users a 30 day free trial.  You can access all your favorite HBO originals and movies without a cable or satellite subscription for $14.99 a month after the free trial period ends.

HBO Now Android

From what we’ve read so far Android users are sharing mixed reviews the new HBO Now app.  You can download the app for Android 4.2 or later.  Beware that we’ve heard the app will not work on rooted devices.  Remember that the new Android app is specific to mobile phones and tablets.  HBO Now plans to add support for Chromecast in the near future but right now it is not available.  If you want to watch via Chromecast then you may want to wait awhile longer before signing up for the free trial.

Amazon users do not appear to be happy with the new Fire app.  Apparently there are some bugs and support issues to be worked out in the new app.  I would suggest reading through some of the reviews on Amazon’s site before downloading the app.  That will give you an idea of what kinds of problems other Fire users are running into so far.  HBO Now is currently available on Amazon Fire tablets and plans to support Fire TV soon.

Once they get the kinks worked out of the first version of the new HBO Now app you should be in a good position to watch your favorite shows and movies across a wide range of devices.  There is no word yet as to when HBO will add support for Roku.  They launched the streaming service exclusively through Apple with support for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.  It’s nice to see the addition of Android and we hope to hear something on Roku soon.  In the meantime Roku users can view the HBO Now service through Sling TV.  It is an add-on to the live tv streaming service launched by Dish Network earlier this year.

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