HBO Goes Mobile

12/21/2009 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Colin George

Holy Hulu, when did this happen? Subscription-based cable network HBO looks to finally be countering criticism of their tepid online presence through the public beta of what’s being called “HBO GO.” The service offers an Internet reservoir of the company’s original series, films, and late-night specials, though if the prospect of having the entire library of HBO programming at your fingertips sounds too good to be true, brace yourself, there are a few asterisks.

First, the service is available free of charge, but only to current HBO subscribers with Comcast or select Verizon beta accounts. The 'GO' homepage features a "Television Provider" drop-down menu with an “Other” option, but selecting it merely triggers a “Coming Soon” error message. It’s called a beta for a reason, folks.

Perhaps most disappointing is that browsing the available content reveals an identical offering to that which already is offered on the network’s Comcast “On Demand” channel, thus relegating the service to little more than an online convenience. Still, arriving at the handsome price of free, "HBO GO" will likely prove a welcome addition for those who already pay the cable premium, and now will be able to stream full-screen, high-definition video from the comfort of (up to three) internet-ready PCs or laptops.

Registration information is available at, and current highlights on the service include cable premieres of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Body of Lies,” alongside the latest batch of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episodes and the first season of “True Blood.”

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  1. Anonymous said...

    As far as I know, the actual amount of original content will be expanded once the beta tests are completed and it's full rolled out to the public.