HBO’s standalone streaming service officially launched today, and who better to tell us what that means than John Oliver, an insightful comedian/news anchor who’s made a career out of satirical explanations of current events — currently as the hilarious host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
However, Oliver’s short segment on HBO NOW occasionally seems more like a straight-laced advertisement than it does satire. He riffs off the official tagline “All you need is the internet,” and goes on to name the specific shows people will be able to watch when they have unlimited access to HBO content. As far as he’s concerned, you no longer have an excuse to procrastinate watching “The Wire” or “The Sopranos” (as if you ever did).
HBO NOW is available to consumers on Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Apple TVs as well as to Optimum Online customers. After a 30-day free trial for anyone who signs up in April, the service will cost $14.99 per month. Watch the video above.