HBO’s much discussed standalone streaming service will be named “HBO Now.” Distinct from the HBO Go app (which requires a cable subscription and subscription to HBO), HBO Now will be available to anyone, whether they have cable or not. The service is set to debut in April, and will cost $15 a month, about what it’d cost to buy HBO with cable. More details are available from Engadget:
This will be good news for fans of HBO shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Looking” who don’t want to pay for cable, or wait what could be months for a home video release. Nickelodeon and Sling TV have announced similar services, though it’ll be up to customers whether a combination of a la carte services will be cheaper or worth any hassles versus sticking with cable.