Sony announced yesterday that the HBO Now app will be now available on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in the United States. Although the company did not reveal an official date for the arrival, they did confirm that the app would be available before the premiere of Westworld – the new drama from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said to be one of HBO’s greatest series to debut this fall.
In addition to that, HBO and Sony also announced that HBO and its secondary network Cinemax will be heading to PlayStation Vue – Sony’s alternative streaming platform to cable television. The service will be charged at $15 per month, which will include both the networks available as individuals additions to the Vue subscription, and will be available in time for the debut of Westworld. Moreover, Vue customers who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax will also be able to use their login credentials in the networks’ streaming apps: HBO Go, HBO Now, Max Go.
Sony has always found itself behind Microsoft when it comes to HBO. The service had already debuted on Xbox One and Xbox 360 this past April. Moreover, the networks’ other streaming services were available on Xbox One on November 14, which is almost a year before they landed on the PS4. Sony has to remain on front, and not lag behind if the company still wants to be the front runner in the market. Nonetheless, it’s great to see HBO and console manufacturers’ continuing support to last generation platforms in recent times.
At the moment the HBO Go app is available in the US on the PlayStation Store, with HBO Now being a solo service meant for streaming only, while HBO Go is added as a part of your cable subscription. What do you make of this recent development? Are you content that the HBO Now is finally heading to the PlayStation platform? Let us know about your thoughts and views by commenting in the comments section below.