Cablevision to Offer HBO Now Streaming Service

Deal will go into effect in time for “Game of Thrones” season premiere

Cablevision has reached an agreement to offer HBO’s upcoming HBO Now standalone streaming service, the two companies said Monday.

Cablevision will begin offering the service via its Optimum Online internet service in time for the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 premiere in April.

Last week, Apple and HBO announced that the service would be available to Apple consumers at a monthly price of $14.99. Cablevision, which is the first cable provider to reach a deal to carry the new service, plans to provide its own pricing particulars “in the coming weeks.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

HBO Now will provide instant access to HBO programming, including original series, hit movies, original HBO films, documentaries, sports, and comedy and music specials.

“As New York’s premier connectivity company, we are enabling Optimum Online customers to enjoy content in any way they choose to receive it. We are well-positioned to support HBO Now and, as technology advances, Cablevision will continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” Kristin Dolan, Cablevision’s chief operating officer, said.

Added HBO’s president, global distribution Tom Woodbury, “We couldn’t be more excited that our longtime partner has joined us for the launch of HBO Now. We believe that HBO Now will have great appeal to Cablevision’s broadband customers.”

Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision provides service to millions of homes and businesses throughout the greater New York area.