HBO and Cinemax have made a deal with Sony’s PlayStation Vue that will see the premium networks added to Internet-based TV service. The pact marks the first time either network’s live programming will available directly to consumers as a stand-alone offering without the need of a bundle subscription and will cost $15 a month for each. Additionally, HBO Now will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation systems for new and existing HBO Now subscribers.
The launch will hit just ahead of the October 2 premiere of HBO’s new series Westworld.
PlayStation Vue covers more than 200 TV markets in the U.S. and is accessible through devices including the PS4 and Roku and with a subscription can be accessed on iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets through the mobile app. Google Chromecast also is supported via compatible devices. Users don’t need an additional set-top box.
In March, Sony took the streaming service nationwide, adding 203 TV markets to cities where it has been available over the past year: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami.