One tiny way we'll be growing up next month? Our own HBO Accounts.
Parents, it’s time to cut the cord. I’m not talking about the metaphorical umbilical cord (although, you might have to do that soon if you haven’t already). I’m talking about the HBO cord. HBO, the company responsible for our Game of Thrones obsession, will be releasing its new streaming service next month, according to reports. Called HBO Now, the service is going to cost $15 a month and will be similar to HBO Go in that it will provide access to every HBO program out there, including classic shows like Sex and the City, The Wire, and The Sopranos, as well as newer hits like True Detective and The Leftovers.
Does this mean we can throw our televisions out the window and embrace a completely digital TV-watching experience? Not exactly. HBO Now won’t offer any live-streaming services, meaning if you want to watch the Game of Thrones premiere on April 12, you’re gonna have to do it the old fashion way: watch it on your TV in your living room, probably with your parents because they cherish any opportunity to make you feel uncomfortable. At least, it feels that way.
On the bright side, this dependence on the cable companies may work partially in your favor. Through your existing cable package, you may be able to get HBO Now at a discounted price, like $10 dollars a month instead of $15.
“Cool! Where do I sign up?” you’re probably saying. Well, here’s a hint: not on the HBO Now homepage. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, you won’t be able to sign up for the service on the HBO Now site. Thanks to a three-month exclusive deal that HBO just signed with Apple, users will only be able to sign up for HBO Now on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Pay TV and Internet providers will be able to offer their own deals soon but for now, the service will be restricted to Apple devices, which can be good or bad depending on how much of an Apple fangirl or fanboy you are.
What does all of this mean? First, that HBO is not afraid to challenge this scary digital world head on. And second, that we no longer have to rely on our brother’s/sister’s/mom’s/dad’s/uncle’s/pharmacist’s/barista’s HBO Go accounts for our entertainment needs. We can have our own accounts, like regular grown ups. If this is what being an adult means, I may not be so opposed to it after all.
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