Finally! HBO Episodes Available For Purchase On Google Play
You can finally get your Game of Thrones fix even if you don’t have HBO. The subscription network announced this week that episodes of many of its signature series will be available for purchase individually or by season through the Google Play store.
The shows available include GOT, Girls, Veep, The Newsroom, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and even classic hit The Wire. Individual episodes will cost $1.99 or $2.99 for standard definition, and a dollar extra for HD. Whole seasons will go for $14.99-34.99.
The move comes after years of complaints that HBO’s shows could not be obtained legally anywhere online, except for HBO GO, which comes free with a regular HBO subscription. But many fans don’t even own TVs, and didn’t want to purchase a subscription just to watch the shows online.
A website called TakeMyMoneyHBO went viral, showing the network how many internet users were willing to pay for content if it was only available. But the urging was rebuffed by a TimeWarner executive, who compared the idea to selectively paying to use gym equipment.
And when a torrenting news site declared HBO’s Game of Thrones the most pirated show of 2012, analysts suggested it was because fans had no legal way to purchase it. Anecdotal evidence has also supported the idea that TV content is often pirated not to avoid paying, but because there is no simple way to pay for it.
More recently, HBO execs had hinted that their policies could “evolve,” and even tipped their hat to the online piracy, calling it “a compliment” that didn’t hurt DVD sales.
Personally, I’m about to binge on The Wire. I’m the last TV fan in the US who hasn’t seen this seminal series, but I don’t have HBO or even a DVD player. Not only is the full series now available online, but I’ll save about $30 compared to buying the full series on DVD.
What do you think? Are you excited for HBO on Google Play?
[via PC World]