PlayStation Vue Adding HBO and Cinemax

Cord-cutters hoping to find a way to watch HBO’s much-anticipated Westworld series next month just got some good news. Sony has announced another option for streaming premium cable shows such as Game of Thrones, Westworld, and The Knick — at least for PlayStation Vue customers. Sony’s PlayStation Vue service will be teaming up with HBO and Cinemax to offer content from both of those networks very soon.

Sony announced the new HBO and Cinemax partnership today via the official PlayStation blog. Vue subscribers will be able to add HBO and Cinemax to their existing Vue service for a monthly fee of $15 each. In addition to live programming from the two cable nets, the HBO Vue subscription will also include access to the on-demand HBO Now service at no extra charge. So, in addition to being able to keep up with all the office watercooler chatter about HBO’s shows, subscribers will be able to dive into the network’s extensive back catalog at their leisure.

The PlayStation Vue streaming service is obviously available on the PS4 and PS3, but also works with other streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast. It’s also worth noting that the new HBO and Cinemax Vue subscriptions will be available standalone, without having to pair them with any of the existing Vue bundles.

While there’s no official launch date for HBO and Cinemax on PlayStation Vue just yet, Sony says they will launch before Westworld makes its HBO debut on October 2. That’s a smart movie, as the new series — based on 1973 sc-fi cult classic — is likely to be HBO’s next big thing. Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” Westworld is set in a futuristic amusement park where advanced human-like robots help visitors live our their dreams, adventures, and fantasies. The series was co-created by Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan and co-writer of The Dark Knight.

Vue bundles include several tiers ranging from $30 – $55 a month, as well as various different add-on subscriptions. Showtime beat HBO and Cinemax to the service, having already been available for an add-on subscription fee of $11/mo.

David Wharton