Since large scale video streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu have become mainstream on mobile devices, other companies have been slowly reaching into the territory with apps of their own. Cable providers like Time Warner have recently released Android apps for their users as has the popular channel HBO. Unfortunately, though, HBO’s app which is known as HBO GO has only been available for Android phones as tablet users have been left in the dark.
While it sounds like a not-so-bad thing, let’s go over what HBO GO is already available on. Currently, HBO GO is supported on the iPhone/iPod, iPad, Xbox 360, Android phones running 4.0.4 and the Roku streaming box. So basically, everyone but Android tablet users are feeling the love and with companies continuing to ignore their Android fan base, it’s nice to see HBO at least making an effort to give Android users the same support as everyone else.
While HBO says they are working on the issue, there is no specific release date yet so Android tablet owners looking to grab up some HBO goodness will be left to wait until it’s released sometime in the early summer. It is also assured that when the app is released that users will have all the same features as the Android phone. This includes a bunch of movie streaming and the HBO-produced TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Entourage. One interesting thing to note, though, is a statement from HBO GO Executive Allison Moore that HBO Go may be looking into adding movies to an offline cache so users can watch them on HBO GO without being connected to the internet.
These new features will likely not be implemented until well after the app is released for tablets, so for tablet owners simply need to remain patient. Their day is coming!