HBO Go coming to game consoles, internet-enabled TVs

ahrezmendi wrote:

I did exactly this, as I listed in my steps above, and my ISP is Comcast (though I'm on Comcast Business, I have no idea if that makes a difference). I was able to go to activate, select Xbox 360 from the drop down of devices, input the code, and browse all the offerings on my 360. The only thing I didn't do is actually try to watch a video, but the app started, it showed everything, and no errors appeared.

But that's not how it works for me. To get to the activation entry page, you have to actually click through an ISP/MSO after selecting the device.

Are you saying your parents are on Comcast, or are they on somebody else? Because if they're account is not Comcast, that makes perfect sense and that's exactly how it's supposed to work. Doesn't matter the connecting ISP, it just matters if you have a log in for one of the parnter ISP/MSOs.

@Heavy: I'm also confused by what you are saying, Xfinity is up and working on Xbox as of yesterday. It was having issues with registration as the day went along, but you could download it. I got it to work mid morning on my main Xbox, but couldn't connect the second one last night due to the server issues. So they didn't not back out on a deal with MS, it's now available.

They have DirectTV, so when I went to create the HBO GO account, I logged in with the DirectTV account.

I thought someone was saying the connecting ISP did matter? Maybe I just misread the post. Either way you're right, the connecting ISP does not matter, all that matters is the provider you used to create the HBO GO account.

ahrezmendi wrote:

They have DirectTV, so when I went to create the HBO GO account, I logged in with the DirectTV account.

I thought someone was saying the connecting ISP did matter? Maybe I just misread the post. Either way you're right, the connecting ISP does not matter, all that matters is the provider you used to create the HBO GO account.

No, it's where the HBO subscription is that matters, not which ISP you connect through. What you did is what we knew worked.

That's what I just said.

ahrezmendi wrote:

That's what I just said.

Right. But your original post confused people, so I was just trying to clarify that Comcast still blocks HBO Go for Comcast HBO subscribers.

Ah ok, I got confused myself in all the posts.

MannishBoy wrote:

@Heavy: I'm also confused by what you are saying, Xfinity is up and working on Xbox as of yesterday. It was having issues with registration as the day went along, but you could download it. I got it to work mid morning on my main Xbox, but couldn't connect the second one last night due to the server issues. So they didn't not back out on a deal with MS, it's now available.

Just checked it out. I was able to download the Xfinity app, but I got error 7000. HBO Go is no go. Comcast/Xfinity is not on the list.

EDIT: I got Xfinity working and I can access HBO on demand through that. Yipee!

I can only hope the LG LCD SmartTV will be capable to be updated to include HBO Go. Although I guess already subscribing to HBO and having access to HBO On Demand is kind of a moot point.

heavyfeul wrote:

EDIT: I got Xfinity working and I can access HBO on demand through that. Yipee!

Just not the full catalog that you would have with HBO Go.

And if you go into series, it has some seemingly random episodes for some series. Like episode 4, 7, 8, 10...

I noticed that. I haven't dug deep, but I noticed they had less than on the HBO Go on the web. It seemed like the servers were crapping out a lot. Hopefully the ramp up will involve more content as well. It would be nice to get the full series runs.

No HBO Go on 360 through Time Warner.

I try and pay for this kind of service and they won't even serve me. So when I go download Boardwalk Empire from Bittorrent, this. is. why.

*Legion* wrote:

No HBO Go on 360 through Time Warner.

I try and give them my money and they won't even take it. So when I go download Boardwalk Empire from Bittorrent, this. is. why.

I think the same thing when HBO refuses to let you just purchase an HBO Go subscription without cable.

SixteenBlue wrote:

I think the same thing when HBO refuses to let you just purchase an HBO Go subscription without cable.

Yes, that's what originally pissed me off.

Then, with HBO Go coming to 360, I decided to pony up and add HBO to my cable package so that I could use HBO Go.

And now, even paying that isn't good enough.

So here's a big fat "screw you" to both HBO and Time Warner.

*Legion* wrote:

No HBO Go on 360 through Time Warner.

I try and pay for this kind of service and they won't even serve me. So when I go download Boardwalk Empire from Bittorrent, this. is. why.

OK, I have read through this thread, and I'm still a bit confused. Can someone give me a yay or nay to my situation:

- in-laws have HBO through DIRECTV, their ISP is RoadRunner/Time Warner
- they gave us their HBO Go login information
- we have internet with Time Warner and want to attempt to use their HBO Go login info to get it on the 360
- we DO NOT have a cable subscription with Time Warner, only internet

Will we be unable to watch HBO Go on our 360 as our ISP is Time Warner?

nel e nel wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

No HBO Go on 360 through Time Warner.

I try and pay for this kind of service and they won't even serve me. So when I go download Boardwalk Empire from Bittorrent, this. is. why.

OK, I have read through this thread, and I'm still a bit confused. Can someone give me a yay or nay to my situation:

- in-laws have HBO through DIRECTV, their ISP is RoadRunner/Time Warner
- they gave us their HBO Go login information
- we have internet with Time Warner and want to attempt to use their HBO Go login info to get it on the 360
- we DO NOT have a cable subscription with Time Warner, only internet

Will we be unable to watch HBO Go on our 360 as our ISP is Time Warner?

You would connect via their DirectTV log on. The ISP is irrelevant. All that matters is who you pay for HBO, not who you pay for internet.

Seeing HBO’s ‘Girls’ Without Buying a Television

Of course HBO Go is intended only for HBO’s cable and satellite subscribers; the company depends on its existing deals with cable and satellite providers and has repeatedly rebuffed suggestions to let people pay for HBO Go on its own. But as online pleas for help prove — “Can someone give me their HBO Go password?” read one such Twitter message on Tuesday — there are workarounds.

Up to a point, account sharing is permissible; HBO Go allows subscribers to have three separate accounts so that family members can watch different shows at the same time. Some fans might be testing that limit by sharing passwords with friends, but HBO, at least publicly, isn’t cracking down on the practice, partly because it doesn’t know how widespread it is.

A spokesman for the network declined to comment on the matter. In private, HBO executives did not dispute the notion that the password borrowing could lead young people to subscribe to HBO in the future.

And, uh, does anyone have a login I could use?

MannishBoy wrote:

You would connect via their DirectTV log on. The ISP is irrelevant. All that matters is who you pay for HBO, not who you pay for internet.

Yep. We have DirecTV and Comcast is only our ISP. HBOGo works great on our iPad.

MacBrave wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

You would connect via their DirectTV log on. The ISP is irrelevant. All that matters is who you pay for HBO, not who you pay for internet.

Yep. We have DirecTV and Comcast is only our ISP. HBOGo works great on our iPad.

Thanks for the answers folks. We have been furiously catching up on Game of Thrones this week, much to my wife's delight, and much to my pleasant surprise.

Now, am I doing it wrong, or is the interface on the Xbox really that atrocious?

I'll believe it when it happens. Even with all the piracy, HBO is so integral to cable. Here's hoping.

The cable companies will fight it. They are not ready to give up the ghost.