HBO Officially Announces Standalone Service HBO Now


HBO officially announced today that its long-rumored premium streaming service will be called HBO Now and will launch this April, just in time for the season five premiere of the network’s hit series, “Game of Thrones” (not to mention “Silicon Valley” and “Veep,” both returning the same night, April 12). HBO and Apple revealed that an HBO subscription will be made available directly to Apple customers through the new service, which will provide instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming. Viewers can watch every episode of every season of the network’s best series programming, the latest Hollywood releases, original HBO Films, documentaries, sports and comedy and music specials.

Upon launch, customers can subscribe using the HBO Now app on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or directly on Apple TV for instant access. Users can purchase HBO Now directly in-app for $14.99 a month. Upon registering, subscribers will also be able to watch at HBO will offer a 30 day introductory free trial period to new HBO Now customers who sign up through Apple in April.

HBO continues to be in discussions with its existing network of distributors and new digital partners to offer HBO Now. At launch, HBO Now will be available on iOS devices and on PCs.

“HBO Now is the next phase of innovation at HBO,” said Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO. “With this new partnership, a natural evolution for the network, we have access to millions of Apple customers who are used to getting their favorite apps immediately. Now, they can do the same with an HBO subscription.”

“HBO Now offers a new generation of HBO fans many of the best TV programs in the world without a cable or satellite subscription,” added Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Now, with the same simplicity as buying an app, customers can subscribe to HBO NOW and instantly start viewing their favorite HBO programs as they air – this is huge.”

Similar to HBO Go, HBO Now will offer more than 2,000 titles online. This includes current critically acclaimed series like “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective,” “Silicon Valley,” “Girls,” “Veep,” and “The Leftover,” as well as classics like “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “True Blood,” “The Wire,” and “Deadwood”. Upcoming original programs include “Westworld,” the sci-fi drama series starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood; “The Brink,” the dark comedy series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins; the new season of the Emmy-winning “True Detective” with Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams; and HBO Films’ Bessie, starring Queen Latifah, will become available on HBO Now as they air on HBO. In addition, HBO Now will showcase “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “VICE,” the Emmy -winning, cutting-edge news magazine series hosted by Shane Smith; HBO Sports documentaries, series and World Championship Boxing events; and groundbreaking documentary programming like “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” and the Oscar -winning Citizenfour.

You can check out a video preview of how HBO Now works in the player below: