We’ve already see that at the ongoing Google I/O conference, Sundar Pichai, the Senior Vice President at Google, where he oversees Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, has unveiled Android M. In the beginning of the event, Pichai made another somewhat surprising announcement, say that the HBO Now streaming service will make its way into the Google Play Store in the near future.
I say surprising, because when it was first introduced, in the beginning of March, the service has been said to be exclusive to the Apple TV and iPhone, iPad devices. However, it hasn’t been mentioned at the time that the exclusivity would only last for 3 months. So, the moment has come for Android and Chromecast users to enjoy the functionality that HBO Now brings.
While it wasn’t mentioned during today’s event, it’s expected that the video streaming service will be available at the same price of $14.99 per month. Also, an exact date hasn’t been provided, but if we take into account the 3-month span, then we should be able to use the service by the end of the next month.
Pichai mentioned it will be in time for the upcoming True Detective season which premieres June 21st. I personally am looking forward to that moment. He further added:
“You can watch your favorite episodes of Game of Thrones, the upcoming True Detective season, or maybe even your favorite episode of Silicon Valley. I hope this moment doesn’t make it in there.”
This is great news for Android and Chromecast users, but even better for HBO, which will now be able to extend its customers base by millions. You can already download the HBO Go from the Play Store, but that’s only for cable subscribers. If you don’t have HBO on your grill, but you’d still like to watch your favorite TV shows or movies, then you will be able to do so with the HBO Now app for Android and Chromecast in the near future.