HBO Go app hits PS3 today (update)

HBO Go, the premium cable network's streaming-video app, will be available on PlayStation 3 today, Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog.

In January, HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced that HBO Go was on its way to PS3, and later, PlayStation 4. Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president of business development for Sony Computer Entertainment America, said today that the company is "working diligently with HBO to bring the HBO Go app to PS4."

HBO Go requires users to have a cable package with a subscription to HBO from participating cable providers, which include DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Today's launch of HBO Go on PS3 gives HBO subscribers five days to catch up on the first season of True Detective before Sunday's season finale, and about a month to catch up on the first three seasons of Game of Thrones before the April 6 premiere of the fourth season.

The first gaming console to feature HBO Go was the Xbox 360, which has offered the app since April 2012. HBO Go is scheduled to be released on Xbox One later this year. Both Xbox consoles require an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order for customers to use HBO Go; the app won't require a PlayStation Plus membership on PS3 or PS4.

Update: A representative for HBO confirmed to Polygon that Comcast is not currently authenticating the HBO Go app on PS3. Comcast and Sony declined comment on that fact, and on the potential timetable for Comcast support in the PS3 app.

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