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You asked. You begged. You pleaded. And your requests have not fallen on deaf ears... but it did take HBO a while, didn't it? The HBO GO app got a small update this morning, adding support for Google's streaming Chromecast dongle. Nothing more, nothing less.


After today's update to both Google's Chromecast whitelist and the HBO GO app itself, there are still just four third-party streaming apps that are compatible, including Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu Plus. You can also stream from YouTube, Google Play Music and Movies, or directly from a Chrome tab if you've got a PC handy. While it's true that a lot of shortcomings can be forgiven by the Chromecast's rock-bottom price, that's still a pretty weak content lineup five months after launch, especially considering that three of the streaming apps are for paid services. It doesn't help that Google has given the cold shoulder to independent developers and modders.

In any case, HBO customers should be happy - anyone who pays for the service gets free access to HBO GO, and a Chromecast is a much cheaper alternative to a full Google TV box or the like. Remember: winter is coming... in April.

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.
  • RCCola85

    Actually, there is one more thing: it works on KitKat now, at least for me. Previously it would crash immediately on my Nexus 7 (2013) & S4, now they both work.

  • scuttlefield

    Ohhh...that GOT tease was painful!

  • h4rr4r

    Now they just need to sell HBO go to folks who do not have cable.

    • rtm34

      Or people with an internet connection.

      • h4rr4r

        Is that not the same thing?
        I want to buy HBO go but do not have cable. Obviously an internet connection would be required for video transported over the internet. My point is there is no reason to tie one sale to another.

  • Zak Taccardi

    It used to not work on 4.4. It does now!

  • Evan Jenkins

    Now we just need Xfinity Player to add it and I'll be set :D

  • Evan Jenkins

    I'm honestly very surprised in a good way that Hulu Plus, Pandora and HBO have all added Chromecast support so quickly. Maybe I'm just jaded from the Google TV days but I remember when Hulu blocked it's website on Google TV and Amazon instant video only just showed up for GTV a year ago. Google TV has been around since 2010.

  • T

    BTN 4 lyf

  • Josh

    And it still doesn't work on the Note 3. Not sure why HBO seems to have so much trouble supporting new devices and Android versions.

  • soisoisoi

    Now I might have to pick up a Chromecast.

  • bob

    Just wonder will chromcas work with this:

    As I don't have HDMI input in my receiver this box will let me listen Play Music on my stereo.

  • Shawn Cheever

    About time! Now I can finally start watching Boardwalk and Game of Thrones from the beginning.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    What's the holdup with just opening up the Chromecast whitelist so that all apps can do this? Why do we need this spoonfeeding?

  • Kenny Griffin

    This doesn't work on my Nexus 7 2013. Icon shows up on my Moto X though.

  • Philip Kahn

    It also added Nexus 5 (KitKat?) support -- it didn't have it yesterday when I tried to install it.