HBO GO app lets you watch HBO movies and series on your Droid, iPhone
and other devices
HBO GO is
here. Their ads claim that you can watch HBO anywhere. On your
computer, your iPad or Smartphone. Since I now have a 4G Android
phone on Verizon (my
HTC Thunderbolt - review here), I figure I can provide an
objective review of the app and program on both 4G and 3G.
Being an HBO
subscriber, I had seen some of
the promotions for HBO GO, but I wasn't compelled to look into it
until I saw the HBOGO Twitter account as a (paid and promoted)
suggestion for me to follow. It worked. I follow. They are
really doing aggressive marketing to get this app in users' faces.
They've even offered episode 7 of "Games of Throne" on HBO GO a day
before it is aired on television.
time to load the app and see if I can actually just log in and watch
HBO on my Droid.
I went to
the Android Market and searched HBOGO. There it was. Downloaded
launched the app and it first asked for me to choose my cable
provider from a dropdown list. I'm currently with Comcast/Xfinity. I
proceeded and was asked to log in with my Comcast/Xfinity username
and password, then to set up an HBO GO account. Only took a couple
of minutes and I was ready to pick a show for my viewing pleasure.
I did the
first test on 4G, so I had to first turn 4G service. Why? Because if
you have a 4G phone and don't turn it off when you don't need it,
then your battery will be dead and you won't be able to watch HBO or
do anything on your dead Droid. If you have a 4G phone and don't
know how to
turn off 4G, here's a little tutorial.
screen offers all of the latest hot shows, movies and specials. The
menu allows you to choose from a list of categories including
movies, series, comedy, sports, etc. You can also set up a Watch
List of shows you want to add to your queue for easy access later.
I chose to watch an episode of Entourage for my test. When
I clicked, it asked me to sign in. I did, then clicked on the
Entourage episode again. It said:
"The GO ID
is playing video on another computer or device. Please stop the
previous video stream or try again later."
the case as far as I knew (since this was my first time), but I
think because I tried clicking on the same episode twice I screwed
things up. So I logged out, then back in and again went to the
Entourage episode. Everything loaded quickly and the streaming was
excellent with no buffering. Not happy that you can only watch on
one device at a time, but I guess it makes sense since people could
share their usernames and passwords so that non-subscribers could
try the same thing with 3G. (Used
this method again to switch my device to 3G). This time I logged
in and clicked on the movie "All About Steve." Honestly, it seemed
to load as fast and stream just as well as on 4G.
nutshell: very, very, very, very cool app. I have spent a lot of
time figuring out ways to watch
movies and TV shows on my devices, and HBOGO is probably going
to be my first choice because of it's easy interface and a pretty
damned good selection of stuff to watch.