HBO has been completely uncompromising in its approach to locking up content in pay-for-TV. If you want to watch what are arguably the best TV series currently running, you need to pay your cable provider. The HBO GO and MAX GO apps have provided a little more choice for existing subscribers by streaming to tablets and phones, but the new 2.0 update finally unlocks HDMI video output.

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Before this update, the ability to output video over HDMI was blocked for both these apps, so this is kind of a big deal. Anyone with an HBO/Cinemax subscription already has at least one TV with access to on-demand content, but this app update lets you take that programming with you to any big screen – be that elsewhere in your house, on vacation, or whatever. Of course, that does nothing for the innate inconvenience of controlling playback on a TV from your wired-in Android device.

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HBO just recently unlocked AirPlay streaming over on Apple's platform; maybe this is a sign HBO is opening up a bit. Support for Comcast/Xfinity subscriptions was also added back in 2012. So if you have HBO or Cinemax, it's more that likely you can find a use for these apps now.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Bob

    But will it remember my password from use to use?

    • Felipe13

      The most annoying thing in the world. This needs to be fixed too.

  • Felipe13

    Hbo go on Nexus 10 (4.2.2) is currently choppy when viewed in full screen mode. Seems to be an issue with 4.2.2 update.

  • KRS_Won

    Yea, finally compatible with my N7 :-)