HBO for everyone! Well, for everyone who’s willing to shell out and cut the cord, at least. Now that HBO Now — the network’s a la carte streaming service, like HBO Go without the hassle of a cable subscription — has launched, the network has also made its streaming service available on Sling TV. For a $15 fee, on top of Sling TV’s monthly $20 baseline, you can now stream HBO on set-tops and online. Which means you can stream “Game of Thrones” this Sunday.
For those who don’t have Apple TV, not a bad deal, considering. Sling’s HBO service includes the same library offered on other platforms, including HBO Go, which has all of the network’s original series. Sling TV’s bundle package includes ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, IFC, History Channel, Cartoon Network and a whole lot more.
But is it worth all the untangling and cutting of cords? Well, it depends on the strength and speed of your internet connection. Sunday night’s episode of “Mad Men” (a show that’s visually dark enough as it is) was low-definition murky, as are the other channels now available to stream. But those with a light-speed connection may have a different experience. For now, don’t go chucking that cable box out the window. Stick to using your parents’ HBO Go password this weekend and wait for Sling TV to perfect the formula.
Sling TV launched in February and is available across streaming devices, online and on set-tops like Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, Google’s Nexus Player and more. Throughout the year, Dish promises to expand SlingTV’s offerings — which, as overall emphasis in TV continues to shift away from the old world of cable boxes, could mean we’ll see content from broadcast networks Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC.