HBO's Internet streaming service, which gives subscribers access to its shows on PCs, smartphones and tablets, is going back to where it all started: the TV.
HBO Go will be available on Roku Inc.'s Internet set-top boxes at the end of this month, HBO and Roku said Tuesday.
The boxes, which start at $50, connect to a broadband line and display movies and TV shows from sources such as Netflix and Hulu on a TV set.
As before, HBO Go is only available for free to those who have a conventional cable subscription to HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc.
Not all cable subscribers are eligible. For instance, subscribers with Time Warner Cable Inc., which is separate from Time Warner Inc., don't have access because of a dispute between the cable company and HBO.
While the Roku boxes will only work for cable subscribers, they will provide a way to watch in a room where there's no conventional cable set-top box. They'll also work outside the home.
HBO Go will provide resolutions up to 720p, the lower grade of high definition, spokeswoman Laura Young said. HBO's goal is to get the resolution up to 1080p, the best that today's TV sets can display.