Amazon just added the last piece necessary to make its Fire TV set-top-box an unstoppable beast: Now it's got HBO Go. (Updated with comment from Amazon and Comcast below.)
All Amazon Fire TV owners will get access to the HBO Go app today, with the service coming to Fire TV Stick owners this spring.
There's an important exception, though. If you're a Comcast subscriber, you won't get access to HBO Go on Fire TV—yet.
Amazon was quick to blame Comcast for the failure, and urged customers to contact the cable giant.
A Comcast spokesperson told Gizmodo that negotiations with Amazon are ongoing, and that the company will have something to announce very soon. For whatever reason, they couldn't get it done before the announcement today. That's something to look forward to.
We've been in love with the Fire TV since we first reviewed it, and in head-to-head comparisons with its competitors from Google, Apple, and Roku, one of the most glaring absences has been unfettered access to HBO Go's extensive catalog of HBO's original programing. The Fire TV Stick is also very good, especially since it's so freaking cheap. Looks like for a few months at least, HBO Go will give you a reason to spring for the bigger box.
HBO Go is a critical addition because HBO programming remains one of the last good reasons to actually subscribe to pay TV. No cable subscription is worth it without HBO, and no set-top-box can really be truly complete without access.
This post has been updated to reflect that Comcast will not support access to HBO Go from Fire TV. It now cobtaibs comment from both Comcast and Amazon. Here's the full statement from Amazon:
Comcast is not currently supporting HBO GO on Amazon Fire TV. We'd love to provide HBO GO for Comcast customers on Fire TV and encourage those customers to reach out to Comcast for further information on availability. To see a full list of supporting TV providers, visithttp://www.hbogo.com/activate/and choose Amazon Fire TV.