On Tuesday, the Home Box Office unit of the Time Warner Inc. made public one of the long awaited news in the media industry of the recent days. They have finally announced that their streaming service, HBO Now, will be available to the users of devices created by Apple and to the clients of Optimum Online service by the Cablevision Systems Corporation.
The HBO Now streaming service comes with a price of 14,99 dollars per month. There are more than two thousand titles that are accessible through this service. Moreover, the clients who sign up in April will benefit from a free trial that goes for 30 days. The HBO Now release for Apple and Cablevision is strategically matched for this period. On Sunday, the fifth season of the famous series `Game of Thrones` will begin, so HBO Now will be ready to satisfy the demands of the new customers, who are most likely `Game of Thrones` fans.
HBO informed that the discussion on offering the HBO Now streaming service continue, since many names are interested into providing this service.
If you are an Apple device user, you should be able to access the HBO Now service through an application on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. If you own an Apple TV, you should use iTunes to access HBO Now.
On the other hand, if you own a subscription to Optimum Online, there will be an app for HBO Now, after you have ordered your streaming service subscription.
The HBO Now streaming service was initially thought to be exclusively accessible through an Apple device, but it seems that Cablevision made an offer that just could not be refused, the following week to the moment when HBO announced Apple`s HBO Now exclusivity. Cablevision Systems has made happy close to 3 million clients for sure.
But as for now, the other rivals of Apple won`t be able to provide the HBO Now streaming service to their customers. For instance, Roku, Chromecast by Google and Xbox by Microsoft will have to wait three more months until they will have the chance to start negotiations regarding the HBO Now service. Even if a period of three months does not seem that much, it still covers the length of the entire long awaited fifth season of Game of Thrones, meaning the global hit fantasy series by HBO will exclusively be accessible via HBO Now by Apple or Cablevision customers.
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