The stand-alone HBO NOW service has rolled out to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. HBO NOW was first introduced on Apple TV earlier this year. In fact, the company got the first three months of the service exclusively.
Now it’s Amazon’s turn to get HBO NOW on its Fire TV devices. This announcement comes on the heels of HBO NOW support for Chromecast for via iOS, Android, and the web.
Set Up HBO NOW on Fire TV
To get started, head to Amazon and download the HBO Now app to your Fire TV or Stick, or you can find it in the Apps section on the main menu of the Fire TV.
If you haven’t used you Fire TV or Stick in a while, and it hasn’t had the chance to update, you might be met with a screen telling you a device software update is needed, the first time you launch HBO NOW. Click OK to close out of this message.
The go back to the Home screen and head to Settings > System >About > Install System Update.
Note that your Fire TV device will reboot and display the update progress.
Once the update is complete, launch the HBO NOW app again and you can sign in if you’re already a member. Or the cool thing is if you’re a first time customer, you get a free 30-day trial. After that you’ll need to pay $14.99/month.
Now you’re ready to start watching your favorite HBO shows. It works with both the Fire TV Remote and the optional $39.99 game controller.
It’s worth noting that you can now access HBO NOW almost anywhere. Here is a list of devices you can watch it on:
- Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets (3rd generation and higher)
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Android Phone or Tablet running Android 4.2 or later
- Apple TV (2nd generation or higher)
- iPhone 4 or later
- iPad (2nd generation or later)
- iPad Mini (1st generation or later)
- iPod touch (5th generation or later)
- Windows PC (running Vista or higher)
- Mac (Running OS 10.6 or higher)
Unfortunately, if you have a Roku, Xbox, and PlayStation owners are going to have to wait a while longer, and unfortunately there hasn’t been a time frame said by the company.