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HBO Now Launches in Time for ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO's standalone streaming service, HBO Now, has launched in time for Sunday's season five premiere of "Game of Thrones." Originally announced last month during the Apple Watch event, HBO Now lets people watch movies and original shows like "Veep" and "Game of Thrones" on their iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. It's similar to HBO GO, except that the latter requires a cable subscription, while HBO Now just requires an Internet connection.

As "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver said, "It's a lot like HBO GO, but you don't have to rely on your parents' password." Subscriptions cost $14.99 a month, and if you sign up in April you get a 30-day free trial. HBO hasn't mentioned a release date for Android or any other devices yet, so "Game of Thrones" has a chance of keeping its crown as the most-pirated show on television.

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— Keith Wagstaff