At an HBO press conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, HBO announced that it will be bringing its popular HBO GO streaming service to the Xbox 360 on April 1st, right on time for the season two premier of Game of Thrones.
Now, before we begin to prepare a funeral for cable, it is worth noting that HBO is not a standalone service — you will still need a cable subscription with AT&T, Brighthouse, Charter, Comcast, COX, DIRECTV, Dish, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Verizon, or WOW! — but there are still many practical uses of this. For example, in a household with a cable subscription where a bedroom has an Xbox 360, that lucky Xbox owner would be able to watch HBO’s assortment of quality shows.
It would also be useful if, should some HBO “on-demand” content becomes unavailable, you will still be able to stream it to your TV easily through the Xbox. HBO GO is currently available on iOS, Android, ROKU, and Samsung Internet TVs, on top of the website (which is quite painless to use; when I needed to catch up on Boardwalk Empire, I did use HBO GO quite extensively for a while.)