HBO Go is an international TV Everywherevideo on demand streaming service offered by the Americanpremiumcable networkHBO for customers outside the Americas. It allowed HBO subscribers to stream selections of HBO content, including current and past series, films, specials, and sporting events, through either the HBO website, or apps on mobile devices, video game consoles, and digital media players. The service first launched on February 18, 2010.
In the U.S., HBO Go was deprecated following the launch of WarnerMedia‘s HBO Max streaming platform in May 2020; the latter includes all content available on HBO Go plus additional content from other WarnerMedia properties. WarnerMedia has reached agreements with the vast majority of HBO’s American cable, satellite and telco distributors making HBO Max available at no extra charge to existing HBO subscribers. HBO Max was not supported for several months on certain devices supported by HBO Go, including Roku (which it came to terms with to bring HBO Max to the service on December 17, 2020) and AmazonFire TV and Fire HD (arrived on that platform on November 17).
On June 12, 2020, WarnerMedia announced that the HBO Go platform would be decommissioned in the U.S. on July 31, 2020; on that date, HBO Go’s mobile and digital media player apps were removed from app stores, and those who still had the app on their devices were unable to advance past its splash screen. As of August 1, 2020, providers that have not yet made an HBO Max deal continued to allow customer access to HBO Go (mainly Altice USA‘s brands, Mediacom and smaller cable providers yet to come to terms with WarnerMedia on HBO Max carriage, and closed-circuit university television systems which had not had personnel available during the COVID-19 pandemic to negotiate a new contract for HBO Max), though only through the HBO Go desktop website. By November 2020, the vast majority of these providers also transitioned to HBO Max and the HBO Go website was sunsetted, leaving only Google Fiber customers (until February 28, 2021 when HBO was removed from the service) and internal guests to the WarnerMedia intranet with access to only HBO.
The “HBO Go” brand is also used in international markets for TV everywhere and/or over-the-top services offering HBO programming.
HBO Go was the successor to HBO on Broadband, which was originally launched in January 2008 to Time Warner Cable customers on the Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsinnodes and headends. Programming content available on the service consisted of 400 hours of feature and HBO original television films (including 130 movie titles that rotated monthly), specials and original series that could be downloaded to computers, at no extra charge for HBO subscribers; in order to access HBO on Broadband content, users had to be a digital cable customer that had a subscription to HBO, and used Time Warner Cable’s Roadrunnercable modem service.
The service launched nationally as HBO Go on February 18, 2010, initially available through Verizon FiOS. Over the following years, the service expanded to other providers including AT&T U-verse,Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable,DirecTV,Dish Network,Suddenlink Communications, and Charter Communications in some states, as well as through vMVPD services AT&T TV Now, AT&T TV and Hulu. The service can be accessed through a web browser or through apps for select smart TV sets, Amazon Fire, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Roku, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
At launch, the service was accessible only on personal computers via the HBO website. Applications for iOS and Android devices were released on April 29, 2011, making the service available on smartphones and tablet computers. The app had over one million downloads in its first week, and was downloaded over three million times by the end of June 2011.
In October 2011, Roku streaming players became the first television-connected devices to support the service, and availability was later rolled out to the Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation consoles, SamsungSmart TVs, and Xbox consoles. Availability on set-top boxes and gaming consoles is determined by individual cable providers in the United States with some omissions. Currently Comcast does not support the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Fire TV and did not support Roku players until late 2014.Sling TV subscribers who receive HBO through that service are unable to access HBO Go, since HBO’s live feed and on-demand content is available through the Sling TV apps. The same also applies to PlayStation Vue subscribers except they also have access to HBO Now.