While viewers in the US have had access to HBO Go streaming on a varying number of platforms over the last few years, the licensing situation in Canada has, until now, made it more complicated. That’s changing today, since Astral Media is bringing its The Movie Network Go app for iOS and PCs out of beta (an Android version is “in the works and launching shortly”) with access to movies from many studios, as well as TV shows from HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. In Canada, Astral airs content licensed from our US premium networks as well as some Canadian productions and airs them on its five multiplex channels, including HBO Canada.
Some providers have already been streaming content online with setups like Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron’s Illico, but hopefully this should make the feature more widespread. Currently it’s open to customers on Bell Fiber / Satellite TV and Cogeco Cable, with Rogers due “in the coming weeks.” Specific features announced include streaming over WiFi or 3G, playback state that syncs across devices, up to three simultaneous streams and five registered devices per account and more. Check out the press release after the break for all the details and a list of some of the available content.