An Apple TV is no longer necessary to easily use your HBO Now subscription in the living room. The HBO Now apps for Android and iOS just received Chromecast support. If you don't see the Chromecast option on your phone or tablet, make sure you have the latest update from the App Store or Google Play on your device.
Before now, the only realistic way to get HBO Now on your TV sans an Apple set-top box was to cast it from a Chrome web browser tab. Now, however, you can send HBO Now to your TV just as you would any other app, such as Netflix or YouTube.
We've been expecting Chromecast support for HBO Now since late May, when Google announced the streaming app was coming to Android. HBO Now is also on Sling TV and is expected to come to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in the coming weeks.
HBO Now first debuted on Apple devices in March as a 90-day exclusive, which expired in early June.
Why this matters: HBO Now was designed for cord cutters who don't want the hassle and expense of a cable subscription. However, the service's early few months were decidedly un-cord cutterish by not distributing HBO Now on multiple platforms. HBO is now making up for lost time as it steadily rolls out the streaming service to more platforms and devices.