With the new season of Game of Thrones only just a few weeks away, those interested in watching HBO Go on their PlayStation 4 need only download the client today.
If you’re one of the millions of cable and satellite users holding onto your subscriptions simply because HBO can’t be aquired any other way, you’ll be happy to know that your money isn’t going to waste with the PlayStation 4. Announced earlier on the official PlayStation Blog, HBO GO will soon be available for download in the official PlayStation 4 app store as of 3/3/2015. This HBO GO app will function just as the PlayStation 3 version of the app functioned, requiring you to sync the service before it becomes usable over on HBO.com/activate.
Despite the fact that the service is available on PlayStation 4 in formality, Comcast will continue inexplicably disallowing its subscribers from using the service on PlayStation platforms. With the service readily available on Xbox platforms, HBO GO cannot be synced with your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 systems not because of a system restriction but by policy of Comcast exclusively. This censorship has yet to be explained by Comcast for the PlayStation 3 platform, and will surely continue to be pressed as the next-generation console seeks to access the media that subscribers pay for.
We’re reaching out to Comcast for word on why they limit access on PlayStation platforms and how they plan to adjust this policy in the future, we’ll keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.
Update 1: We sent out a message to Comcast Communications’ corporate offices in seeking answers, here’s what we had to say:
This letter is in regard to a Comcast policy which restricts the use of Sony PlayStation and other platforms for accessing HBO content as part of the Comcast Cable subscription program.
Since February 18th, 2010 Home Box Office has offered their premium, high quality programming “on the go” with their HBO GO service. Available on iOS, Android and other mobile platforms, Comcast Communications has been known to support this program as a part of the HBO premium packaging available with Xfinity cable television. As many of the consumers of Comcast telecom services look to your subscriptions as their preferred provision, we have taken note of Comcast Communications’s lack of support for HBO GO on the PlayStation platforms, as well as a lack of historical support on Roku and other small hardware providers. With an install base of over 18.5 million devices worldwide, primarily in our domestic market, it would be a natural assumption that Comcast Communications would look to take advantage of this user base with support for HBO GO on the PlayStation 4 platform.
With a lack of support for Sony entertainment consoles in the PlayStation 3, a fully capable system, does Comcast Communications intend to release support for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles, just as COX Communications, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Dish Network allow? It is commonly known that Comcast Communications offers support for Microsoft’s Xbox platforms, and as the market shifts from a Microsoft dominated consumer market we look to Comcast Communications to bring a free and open availability of its services on all platforms.
We will continue to keep you updated as response comes in from Comcast Communications in the coming days.