From adding offline support to launching a live TV option, Hulu is not messing around when it comes to video streaming. That trend continues with the addition of HBO and Cinemax to Hulu’s growing list of partners.
The best part about the announcement is it does not matter which Hulu subscription plan you have – Cinemax and HBO are $9.99 and $14.99 per month add-ons, respectively. Regardless of the add-on, Hulu subscribers will have access to its live and on-demand libraries. As a nice bonus, those who pay for the HBO add-on can use their Hulu credentials to log into the HBO Now app.
A bit of fine print regarding the announcement is you can only watch HBO and Cinemax on devices where Hulu’s updated user experience is available. That list includes Android, iOS, Apple TV, and Xbox One, though it will hopefully expand a bit over time.
Another hitch is not every one of HBO’s and Cinemax’s channels are available out the gate. Over the next few weeks, the likes of HBO 2, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO Comedy, HBO Signature HD, HBO Zone, MoreMAX HD, ActionMAX HD, ThrillerMAX HD, MovieMAX HD, 5StarMax HD, and OuterMAX HD will be added. For now, you can access content from the main HBO and Cinemax services.
Even though Hulu has plenty to be happy about with this announcement, the real winner might be HBO, which you can now subscribe to through several different outlets apart from a cable package. That number is expected to increase over time, which helps place HBO in an enviable and lucrative position.