HBO Now launches on Android, Amazon devices

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HBO's standalone, no-cable-needed $15 monthly HBO Now streaming service will be available on a range of Android and Amazon devices starting Thursday.

The premium cabler -- looking to compete with Netflix and other Internet-only video services — first launched HBO Now on Apple TV and Cablevision Systems in April. The service, aimed at consumers disinterested in paying for a full pay-TV subscription, will now be available on Android OS 4.1 and later phones and tablets as well as Amazon Fire Tablets starting today. HBO also plans to add support for Google's Chromecast and Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

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HBO Now offers access to more than 2,000 of the network's original titles and specials, including every episode of "Game of Thrones," "True Detective," "Girls," "Veep," "True Blood" and "Sex and the City." HBO Go, the network's authenticated service for consumers who subscribe through a pay-TV service, provides the same content.

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