The HBO GO app for iOS devices has been upgraded to version 3.0.1. The update fixes a bug that was affecting "video playback through BlueTooth audio," and adds support for HDMI output. This means iPad owners with a Lightning to HDMI adapter will now be able to connect their device directly to their TV for lag-free video.
HBO's deal with Apple to release its new online subscription service only on Apple devices is not permanent, according to IGN. An HBO spokesperson told the entertainment website that the deal with "Apple begins in April and will last for three months". This means HBO will eventually be free to launch the HBO Now app on other streaming devices like Roku or the PlayStation 4.
HBO CEO Richard Pepler announced that HBO Now would launch exclusively to Apple devices at the Spring Forward event on March 9. The new service offers access to HBO content to anyone with a broadband connection for $15 a month. Subscribers will be able to access HBO programming from the past, present and future including Hollywood movies, original HBO films, HBO documentaries and other HBO specials.
Apple today announced at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California that HBO's new subscription service will launch exclusively on Apple TV and the App Store in April. The streaming service called HBO Now will be available for $14.99 a month with no cable subscription required. Subscribers will be able to access past, present and future HBO programming through their Apple TV digital media player or via the HBO app on their iPad or iPhone. The first month of HBO Now will be free to customers who sign up at launch.
HBO CEO Richard Pepler made the announcement alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco on Monday. Pepler also played the trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones at the media event.
HBO is preparing to put another nail in the cable television coffin by partnering with Apple and other companies such as Roku to launch its new subscription based streaming service in April, according to the International Business Times. HBO wants to launch the standalone service called "HBO Now" in "conjunction with the the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones".
The new service will allow customers to subscribe to HBO directly instead of paying high fees for bundled channels from cable or satellite providers such as Comcast or Verizon. The cost of an HBO Now subscription will be around $15 a month when purchased directly from HBO. The company hopes to offer an HBO Now app on third-party distribution services such as Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation and more, just like it does now with its HBO Go service for current customers.
Disruptor Beam and Kongregate have teamed up to bring HBO's Game of Thrones to the iPad. The free to play strategy RPG is based on the hit television series and George R.R. Martin’s novels A Song of Ice and Fire! The game begins in the days before the mysterious death of the King’s Hand.
Game of Thrones Ascent features over 2,500 quests, dozens of adventures, leaderboard support and the ability to build your noble house and choose your own background. The game will also be updated weekly with new quests that coincide with new episodes of the television series. Other highlights include:
Streaming may be a great way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, but content is fragmented amongst the many content providers vying for our money. Fanhattan for the iPad makes searching for content easier by aggregating it from multiple sources. This allows iPad owners to use one app to browse available movies and TV shows, instead of using multiple provider apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Fanhattan has recently grown their roster to 14 different providers by adding networks like NBC, HBO, The CW, and Cinemax. Fanhattan has also added a "watch list" to help users navigate the 175,000 movies and TV show available through the various services. You can even save upcoming movies and TV shows that haven't been released yet. Fanhattan will then notify you when the content has become available to watch on your device.