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Cable-free Game of Thrones coming to Android with HBO Now

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Google has announced the HBO Now standalone subscription streaming service will soon available on Android devices in the United States.

The $15 a month platform will arrive on the Google Play Store at the end of Apple’s three month period of exclusivity, which will expire in early July.

Google also confirmed HBO Now will support Chromecast, which means Android device owners will be able to access live and on demand content from HBO either on their mobile device directly or by beaming it to the television.

Of course, Android owners already have access to the HBO Go app, but the new service promises a very different proposition.

It represents the first time HBO, one of the crown jewels of American television, has been available in full without the need for a cable television subscription.

It has been heralded as a dream launch for would-be cord cutters who wish to be free from the shackles of paying expensive monthly tariffs for tons of content they don’t watch.

Speaking at the I/O 2015 keynote, Google executive Sundar Pichai said: ”You can watch your favorite episodes, be it Game of Thrones, the upcoming season of True Detective or maybe even your favorite episode of Silicon Valley — I hope this moment doesn’t make it in there.”

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Earlier this week, there were hints from HBO that it may consider lowing the subscription fee as a one-time offer to those who have sampled the service, but did not chose to join once their trial had ended.

In a survey sent out to trial users, the company floated the idea of a $99 for 12 months offer, which would reduce the monthly fee to around $8.33.

Hamish Campbell

May 29, 2015, 7:25 am

We've had this for a while in Scandinavia as HBO Nordic. Unfortunately their delivery tech (apps on iOS, Android, Smart TV, Xbox) is woeful, compared to Netflix.

The content is good though.

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