Google announced today that it’s now possible to stream popular shows like Game of Thrones and The Newsroom to its Chromecast dongle from the HBO Go website, as well as the service’s Android and iOS apps.
With today’s announcement, HBO joins Hulu Plus, Netflix, Youtube, Pandora, Google Play as the streaming services available on the Chromecast.
To start streaming, you’ll need the latest version of the HBO Go app for iOS or Android, or a computer running Chrome and pointed to the HBO Go website. You’ll also need a paid television subscription that includes HBO in order to access the service in the first place.
The budget-friendly $35 dongle is well positioned to take the holiday season by storm, and the addition of HBO Go means that while Google’s dongle doesn’t feature nearly as many streaming sources as other set-top offerings like the Apple TV, Roku or even Microsoft’s Xbox One, it still features enough popular channels that it could be an interesting stocking stuffer.
HBO CTO Otto Berkes discussed Chromecast at the GeekWire Summit in September, saying he thinks of it as a wireless display adapter.
“It is very simple. It is very straightforward,” said Berkes. “I think it will have utility.” At the time, Berkes deflected questions about a native app for Chromecast, though he said that they want to be on platforms that “have high utility and value for our subscribers.” (Minute 14 of the video below)