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HBO Go Launches on Xbox One

HBO Go, the app that offers the pay cabler’s shows, has launched on the Xbox One videogame console.

The app, which already had been available on the Xbox 360, will also support the Xbox Kinect’s voice and gesture controls.

“Xbox is one of our subscribers’ favorite ways to access HBO Go and its incredible breadth of award-winning programming,” said Jeff Dallesandro, VP, digital domestic network distribution, HBO. “Now, Xbox One users can get in on the action and Kinect with the very best HBO series and films on this innovative, state-of-the-art device.”

HBO Go joins Crunchyroll, Movieplex Play, and Encore Play that launched on Xbox One on Wednesday. Other apps include the WWE Network, GoPro, and the NFL.

Users must prove they’re a subscriber to HBO in order to use HBO Go, although the network said it plans to launch a standalone service in the U.S. next year.

Xbox announced HBO Go’s launch on its next-generation console on its Xbox Wire blog early Thursday morning. Altogether, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One support over 170 entertainment apps.

In June, Xbox began offering the Xbox One console without the Kinect, and gave Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps like Netflix and HBO Go whether or not they had an Xbox Live Gold membership —- a significant move to promote use of the console as more of an entertainment hub.

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