HBO goes first to Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire owners will be the first Android-based tablet users to get to see HBO GO--if, of course, they subscribe to a pay-TV service and HBO. But that's secondary to the fact that the Fire has beaten out multiple other Android tablets for the honor of showing HBO content on its device.

For Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad owners, many Android phone users, those with Samsung (KSE: 005930.KS)Smart TVs, and even those with Xbox 360, HBO GO is old hat.

The service delivers online episode access simultaneous to its appearance of cable or satellite, behind-the-scenes videos, episode re-caps and interviews. As long, as was stated earlier, those users subscribe to a cable/satellite/telco service and HBO. For now, apparently, the network has no plans to offer an a la carte service.

The news is bigger for the Fire than HBO, really, because it marks the first tablet to get the premium content. That means that iPad, which has been the only tablet with access, is now competing with a less expensive device for the same HBO-inspired eyeballs.

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