HBO has released “HBO Go” for both the iPhone and smartphones running Android. The app provides mobile access to much of the network’s content, and is available free to most HBO subscribers.
HBO Go provides streaming access to HBO’s movies, sports coverage, comedy specials and popular original series, 1,400 episodes in all. This includes every episode of True Blood, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sex and the City, The Wire, and more.
The app is free to download, but users must input their cable or satellite account information, and must be signed up for HBO through their television service.
Not all television providers will necessarily support the service, but it is definitely supported by DirecTV, Dish Network, Xfinity, and Cox Communications. This list is by no means exhaustive.
From initial customer reactions in the Android Market, there are a few bugs to be ironed out. The HBO Go app is supposed to work on devices sporting Android OS 2.1 through OS 2.3.3, yet despite the fact that it falls within this range, users of the original Motorola Droid have been unable to access the service. Users on most other more recently-released devices are lauding the app, but Droid owners have condemned the service as a bust for the time being.
Users on the App Store and those in the Android Market who were able to get HBO Go have so far confirmed that the HBO Go will also work with the iPad. Users with Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets have not met with success yet.