Last week, HBO and Apple announced their partnership with the new service, HBO NOW. For the first time, you won’t have to have a cable subscription to get HBO, but if you are an internet subscriber to Cablevision’s Optimum Online, you can get it too. How this will be available is yet to be determined, but seems pretty obvious that it’ll work like HBO GO does now, and you’ll login with your Cablevision password. The price (which has yet to be determined, but will probably be $14.99/month) will likely be tacked onto your monthly internet bill.
What we know:
- Subscription service, HBO NOW will be $14.99/month and you’ll get the first month free.
- Launching in April – date to be determined.
- You’ll need an Apple TV (price lowered to $69) to watch on your TV. Chromecast and Roku will not work like for HBO NOW like it does with HBO GO.
- HBO NOW will allow for 3 simultaneous streams. There are no limits on the number of devices that can be registered.
- Partnership: Cablevision’s Optimum Online
Expect more partnerships and announcements in the coming weeks.
Cablevision and Home Box Office (HBO) announced today that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
Kristin Dolan, Cablevision chief operating officer said: “As New York’s premier connectivity company, we are enabling Optimum Online customers to enjoy content in any way they choose to receive it. We are well-positioned to support HBO NOW and, as technology advances, Cablevision will continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”
“We couldn’t be more excited that our longtime partner has joined us for the launch of HBO NOW,” said Tom Woodbury, President, Global Distribution, HBO. “We believe that HBO NOW will have great appeal to Cablevision’s broadband customers.”
HBO NOW provides instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming, allowing viewers to watch every episode of every season of the best series programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports, and comedy and music specials. With the upcoming launch of HBO NOW, Optimum will now offer the full suite of HBO products, which also includes its pay TV channels and TV to GO offering, giving customers more options than ever before.
Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Optimum Online offers an unparalleled internet experience, including a wide-range of high-speed internet product tiers that are designed to provide the right speeds for every type of user as well as access to Optimum WiFi, the nation’s most robust WiFi network featuring 1.1 million hotspots across the tri-state area. For more information on Optimum Online, visit optimum.com.