It's about bloody time. Starting today, some of HBO's most popular currently-running original programming is available for purchase on the Google Play Store. For starters the fantasy drama Game of Thrones (seasons one and two), urban fantasy True Blood (seasons one through five), and political drama The Newsroom (season one) are available. Episodes are $2.99 for the dramas and $1.99 for The Newsroom, with small discounts for buying a full season.


You may notice a common theme here: episodes from the latest completed seasons aren't available. That's fairly typical for premium cable networks - remember, it's not TV, it's HBO. Season 3 of Game of Thrones, season 6 of True Blood, and season 2 of The Newsroom will probably be available on or near the release of the DVD sets for each season... which is generally right before the start of the next season on cable. Gotta sell those DirecTV add-ons somehow, right? HBO subscribers can access new episodes at any time via the HBO Go app.

According to the official Google Play Twitter account, HBO will be adding more of its original programming soon. The shows are exclusive to the United States for now. With international licensing agreements being what they are, it's unlikely that they'll be opened up for new territories anytime soon.

Source: Google Play Twitter

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Michael Pahl

    thats cool, but HBO GO with HDMI Out or Chromecast support would be better.

    • Fabian Pineda

      Just think of this as an initial approach? Maybe HBO and Google are getting cozy?

      • Michael Pahl

        HBO doesn't even have a working app on 4.3 yet.
        Not to mention intentional blocking of the HDMI/SlimPort option on tablets.

        • Fabian Pineda

          Oh I know, and it's totally bullshit I agree. But this all gets worked behind the stages, and the fact that they're allowing their top shows on Google Play speaks well of an approachment, doesn't it?

          • Michael Pahl

            Yes. in my opinion Google Play has what it takes to pass Netflix in a heart beat... if some sort of subscription option were ever to arrive.

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        • Fabian Pineda

          Haha... well played, sir. I'm always optimistic, so I guess it suits me well.

    • Fiorta

      HBO stated this functionality with chrome cast is coming

      • Michael Pahl

        talk is one thing... delivery is another.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Brace yourselves...

  • Dan

    Hey HBO, how about some HBO GO compatibility for 4.3? That would be greatttttttttt

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    • DirkBelig

      They just added it today!

  • Fabian Pineda


    This is great news. I can now drop my thoughts of getting an HBO Digital package plan, which I would use only for GoT, and instead get the full season for Google Play HD Streaming. Awesome! (for me!)

    • Chris

      Is this in HD? If so it's $10 cheaper than Amazon instant HD streaming.

      • KRS_Won

        HD is $1 more a show.
        $29/Season SD ; $39/Season HD

        • Chris

          but I don't see the HD option on google play, the only price I see is $29/season. How do I get the $39 for HD?

          • Justin W

            Click the price as if you were going to purchase it, then select the "HD" option. It's like a hidden menu.

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  • MarkG

    Until HBO decide that regional timed delivery and exclusive deals with content providers are a bad thing for consumers, don't forget folks, there is always BitTorrent.. The service that doesn't try and create artificial boundaries where there are none.

    I am perfectly happy to pay for content, as soon as studios and content providers start playing fair.

    • Justin W

      I'd be happy to pay for it if I could watch it on Netflix. Sure, they have their own streaming service and they earn more for it, but there are plenty of torrent sites that have the show available. Allowing it on Netflix would allow them to get paid more for the same content that's already been created.

    • Primalxconvoy

      I'd also extend that and say that it's still not illegal to stream content, using a humble Android device, an hdmi cable and xbmc (plus xbmchub wizard).

  • Michael Fontenot

    I hate to say this but I think this is the most interesting news of the day. Damn Mondays.

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  • AARG

    US only? Off to The Pirate Bay.

  • Google HBO Sucks

    How about letting HBO Go work with the Sony NSZ GS7 as it use to!!! It worked fine for months then they "updated it" and now it's garbage. How infuriating!!! I pay for HBO and now I can't access the content.