HBO Go is finally available for Playstation 4 users, huzzah! Unless you have Comcast. Then you're shit out of luck, because the cable giant isn't supporting it.
In an email to Gizmodo, Comcast confirmed that its customers don't have access to HBO Go through Playstation 4.
Right now Comcast customers can't get past the activation process. In order to watch HBO Go through your Playstation 4, you'll need to authenticate that you're a subscriber by using your cable login credentials. It's basically the same procedure as logging into HBO Go on your computer.
When you go to pick your HBO provider, however, Comcast isn't on the list. Check it out:
This isn't the first time that Comcast subscribers haven't gotten the same Home Box Office goodies as everyone else. Back in December, HBO Go launched on Amazon Fire TV for everyone except Comcast customers. At the time, we were told that Comcast was still negotiating the deal to get their customers access over Fire TV. Those negotiations are ongoing.
Comcast customers can get HBO Go over Roku devices. That's something.
We can't know the behind-the-scenes politics and wrangling that's preventing Comcast customers from getting the same deal as everyone else. From the perspective of human beings and not corporations it's pretty damn lame. Access to HBO is one of the most justifiable reasons to pay for cable, and with the imminent launch of the cable-free HBO option, basically the only reason to bother with cable will be sports. Fix it.