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We knew it was coming, and now it's here. HBO Now, the network's standalone streaming service, is available on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices after making its way to Android gadgets and the Chromecast earlier this summer. A $15 monthly subscription gets you access to HBO's library of c...

August 20th 2015 at 12:20pm 0 Comments
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You might say Sesame Street's newest move is being brought to you not by a letter or number, but by a symbol: $. If the show's production company, Sesame Workshop, didn't find a new way to win financial support for the venerable kids' program, it would not be able to continue in its mission of edu...

August 16th 2015 at 3:28pm 0 Comments
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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. Unbundling: Beginner's Guide to Football without Cable by Joe Ovies WRAL Sp...

August 15th 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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With HBO finally doing battle directly against streaming video subscriptions from Netflix and Amazon, its biggest strike against those two comes today with an exclusive deal for Sesame Street. Most of us have grown up with Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the rest available primarily through PBS and t...

August 13th 2015 at 1:03pm 0 Comments
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A few weeks after HBO Now hit Android, HBO is continuing to roll out the new streaming service beyond Apple's devices. Next up is Google's Chromecast, the company announced today. HBO Now's iOS app currently lists Chromecast support, and its Android app is expected to be updated today as well. Whi...

August 6th 2015 at 11:41am 0 Comments
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In another sign that HBO is trying to convert some of the numerous Game of Thrones pirates into paying customers, the network announced that season five will be the first one available for downloaders to own before it hits DVD and Blu-ray. It's actually going on sale via download way before the di...

July 31st 2015 at 4:10pm 0 Comments
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Cablevision isn't the only big US internet provider offering HBO Now -- Verizon* is also joining the fray. Anyone with broadband on Big Red can now use their existing account to sign up for the cord cutter service, complete with the usual 30-day trial run and $15 per month subscription. It's ult...

July 28th 2015 at 5:59pm 0 Comments
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After HBO Now was announced for Apple devices earlier this year, the network promised to bring it to the Android faithful this summer. Well, the time has come. If you own an Android phone or tablet (including Amazon's Fire devices), you can now access the standalone TV streaming option for $15 a m...

July 16th 2015 at 10:24am 0 Comments
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Looks like Facebook's video efforts have been paying off lately. The social network has scored two more series premieres after Amazon's Catastrophe, and both are from HBO: Dwayne Johnson-starrer Ballers and political comedy The Brink. These series' pilot episodes are now available for viewing on T...

June 24th 2015 at 11:55pm 0 Comments
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Alibaba is already a cornerstone of China's online shopping space, and it's now setting its sights on one of the internet's other big draws: streaming video. Jack Ma and crew are planning to launch Tmall Box Office, a Netflix-like service that will combine HBO-like original video productions (henc...

June 14th 2015 at 1:38pm 0 Comments
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That Apple-exclusive streaming window is ending -- Google exec Sundar Pichai just announced that HBO Now is coming to Android too. Whether you use Android, iOS or a web browser, Google Cast support is coming too -- for the 17 million or so Chromecasts out there -- although there weren't exact deta...

May 28th 2015 at 12:50pm 0 Comments
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Paying $15 a month for HBO Now is a pretty good deal, especially if you're a cord cutter who yearns for your weekly fix of Game of Thrones. But what if even that price is a little too rich for your blood? Well, HBO could be considering prepaid discounts that would lower that subscription cost by a...

May 22nd 2015 at 4:55pm 0 Comments