Rachel Paige
Updated December 10, 2014 4:52 am

It seems there are a few common activities that define the “millennial” experience: learning to make kale, totally guessing every time you write a check, and routinely hacking into someone else’s HBO GO account. Let’s just get it all out in the open — HBO is expensive. And unless you’ve got the fancy cable package that includes an HBO subscription, you’re missing out on all the most important shows like Game of Thrones, True Detective, Girls, Veep, The Leftovers, The Comeback . . . the list goes on. Without the cable channel, you’re left either trying to (legally) find the shows online, patiently waiting for the DVDs to drop, or politely asking mom or dad if you can have the coveted account info.

Well blissful news fellow HBO GO pilferers, we can now go ahead and cross ASK FOR HBO PASSWORD off our home for the holidays to-do list. Back in October HBO announced that it would be releasing a stand alone streaming service, that would be separate from the cable package. Meaning, you wouldn’t have to pay for the cable channel to watch HBO shows. I repeat: You will not have to pay for the full cable channel in order to watch HBO shows. Sweet, sweet victory.

As of this week, that HBO GO streaming service has a release date: April 2015. Yes, it’s still a few months away, but so is the return of Game of Thrones, HBO’s most watched program. Is it simply sheer coincidence that these two arrive right around the same time, and that GoT is also the most pirated show in history? Seems like perfect timing to me.

No news yet on how much the streaming service will cost, or even what its viewing platform will look like. Currently, with HBO GO you can obviously access current programing, but also past HBO gems, like Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under. If this new service includes those perks, too, all the more reason to sign up — and sign all your friends up, so everyone can stop mooching off of that one incredibly over-taxed account. Maybe HBO finally caught on to the fact that my six besties and I are all using my dad’s login. Whoops.

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