If you’re one of the millions of subscribers to HBO or Cinemax, and you’re a smartphone nut like us, you’ve probably tried out either the HBO GO or MAX GO apps, giving you an on-demand experience wherever you have a data connection. It’s a great, free addition to your subscription, and while it can keep you entertained when you’re on the go, the constraints of a smartphone or tablet screen don’t make watching it the most social experience possible. After all, TV is meant for to be watched on full-sized TVs, right? Well, thanks to the latest update to both these apps, you can finally bring HBO and Cinemax programming back to the larger screens where they belong.
This update enables HDMI-out on hardware supporting the feature. That means that if you’re at a friend’s house and want to get him caught up on Game of Thrones before season three kicks off, all you need is to hook up your HDMI adapter, plug your phone into his TV, and you’ve got HBO on a screen large enough to be enjoyed by several people at once.
HBO and Cinemax could have just kept on restricting their content to your mobile devices for as long as they wanted, with little subscribers could do to change that, so this really is a particularly nice treat.