HBO Updates 'Go' App, Now Supports Jelly Bean on Android by ashokkumarcbi


									HBO Updates Go App, Now Supports Jelly Bean on Android
                                                                                                     July 25, 2012

Whether you've been one of those people who wants to pay
for HBO (and just HBO) without any other cable package to
worry about ​ aka, you're a Game of Thrones fan ​ or whether
you've been a die-hard supporter of HBO's shows with your
eyeballs and your wallet, you have something in common
with the other group.

Namely, both of you have been unable to tune in to HBO's
official streaming app for its shows, HBO Go, if you've been
rocking a Jelly Bean-equipped device.

This affects smartphone users to different degrees,
depending on when your phone's specific manufacturer or
carrier has given the green light for an upgrade to Android
4.1 (the aforementioned Jelly Bean). As of this article's
writing, Google's official stats indicate that only 0.8 percent
of all Android devices ​ accessing the company's Google
Play marketplace at some point within the two weeks before today ​ are running the latest version of the
Android OS.

But if you're a member of the "one percent," as it were, then you'll be happy to know that a new update
to HBO Go now allows the app to work on Jelly Bean Android devices ​ and that includes Google's
recently released tablet, the Nexus 7.

HBO had actually released its Jelly Bean-friendly update two days ago but, for reasons unknown,
Android 4.1 support didn't actually appear to work on a number of Jelly Bean devices. A new update to
the HBO Go app has since hit Google Play, unlocking the app's streaming capabilities for all Android
devices to partake in.

HBO Go is currently a free app, but it only works as long as you have an existing cable subscription to
HBO. That's been a sticking point for some fans ​ especially those contributing to the "Take My Money
HBO" website ​ who would prefer to be able to pay for direct access to HBO programming without
having to purchase it as part of a cable or satellite TV package.

Unfortunately, it appears as if that's not going to be a realistic option in the near future ​ a fact confirmed
by representatives behind HBO's official Twitter account. As reported by TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler,
HBO would likely be able to receive more money from interested a la carte subscribers than the
average amount it makes from its existing subscribers ​ to the tune of $12 per month versus
approximately $7 or $8. However, that wouldn't be able to cover the amount of money it would cost
HBO to build out its streaming infrastructure nor the amount of money HBO would lose by hacking off its
distributors (and killing its cable subscriber count) with a standalone offering.

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