HBO Go comes to TV, through Roku players

October 11, 2011 - 11:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO's Internet streaming service, which gives subscribers access to its shows on PCs, smartphones and tablets, is going back to where it all started: the TV.

HBO Go will be available on Roku Inc.'s Internet set-top boxes at the end of this month. The boxes, which start at $50, connect to a broadband line and display movies and TV shows from sources such as Netflix and Hulu on a TV set.

As before, HBO Go is only available for free to those who have a conventional cable subscription to HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

Not all cable subscribers are eligible. For instance, subscribers with Time Warner Cable Inc., which is separate from Time Warner Inc., don't have access because of a dispute between the cable company and HBO.