Amazon has announced that HBO Go is now available for the Amazon Fire TV, and support for the Fire TV Stick is coming in the spring.
That means HBO subscribers can stream movies and TV shows from the cable network, including recent hits such as Game of Thrones. Amazon Prime subscribers can already access older shows such as The Wire, Rome, and The Sopranos.
Amazon normally sells the Fire TV for $99, but it’s on sale for $79 through December 28th.
HBO Go has been available for other smart TV devices including Roku products, the Apple TV, and Google’s Chromecast for a while. But it was a notable absence in the Fire TV lineup of online video apps.
Now the Fire TV can support most major US online video services including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Showtime, HBO, PBS, ESPN, MLB, and obviously Amazon Instant Video.
For folks who bought a Fire TV because they aren’t cable TV subscribers, the HBO Go app isn’t much use… yet. But HBO is planning to launch its own, cable-free streaming video service in 2015 that will let people pay to stream content even if they don’t pay for live TV. There’s no word on how much that service will cost though.
Update: The Wall Street Journal notes that Comcast and Charter cable subscribers will not be able to use the HBO Go app for the Fire TV.