DirecTV Authenticates HBO GO on Apple TV

Will Charter Follow Suit?

And then there was one.

As of mid-day Thursday, Charter Communications remained the only current HBO pay TV affiliate with TV Everywhere rights that had yet to support authentication of the HBO GO app on the Apple TV box.

DirecTV was not among the initial group of operators supporting HBO GO on the popular streaming video device, but an HBO spokeswoman said via email Thursday that the satellite TV service provider is now authenticating the premium programmer’s TV Everywhere app on the Apple TV. A DirecTV spokeswoman confirmed that the company launched authentication of HBO for the device on Thursday morning.

DirecTV’s support comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement Wednesday that it is now offering direct access to HBO GO and WatchESPN on the Apple device. Previously, users could only watch HBO GO and WatchESPN content on the Apple TV via Apple AirPlay, a feature that lets users wireless stream on-demand content from iOS devices to Apple TV boxes over Wi-Fi.

With the exception of Charter, all of HBO's TV Everywhere partners are on board with Apple TV, a group that includes Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-verse TV, BendBroadband, Blue Ridge Communications, Bright House Networks, Buckeye CableSystem, Cable One, CenturyLink, Dish Network, GCI Communications, Grande Communications, Mediacom Communications, Cablevision  Systems, RCN, Verizon FiOS TV, Cox Communications (beta), Suddenlink Communications and WideOpenWest,  among others.

Charter was not immediately available Thursday to comment on if or when the MSO intends to allow customers to authenticate HBO GO on the Apple TV.