DirecTV Makes A Roku Connection

Comcast Still Among MVPDs That Do Not Support HBO GO On The Roku Platform

DirecTV is the latest major pay-TV operator to clear the way for its customers to use the authenticated HBO Go app on Roku boxes and adapters, a decision that comes more than two years after the authenticated premium app debuted on the video streaming platform.

The satellite TV giant announced on Twitter last Friday (January 31) that DirecTV subs could now use their credentials to access the HBO Go app via Roku.

While Comcast has yet to extend similar support for HBO GO on the Roku, others that currently allow users to tap into the app via the streaming platform include AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Dish Network, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinetnt Communications, Cablevision Systems, RCN, Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and WideOpenWest.

Roku, which plans to integrate its platform on select TCL- and Hisense-made TVs this fall, has shipped about 8 million devices in the U.S., but has not released shipment figures for Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

HBO GO has released apps or plug-ins for several other platforms, including iOS and Android-powered smartphones and tablets, the Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Kindle Fire, Xbox 360 and Samsung Smart TVs.