For those that can't wait for HBO's standalone streaming product, there's now a new way to enjoy some of HBO's shows via the Internet - by using your Blu-ray disc?
Those with a connected Blu-ray player, and one of the HBO Blu-ray box sets that supports the "HBO Sampler" feature (currently including: 'Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season,' 'True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season,' 'True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season,' 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete 4th Season,' 'Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fifth Season,' 'The Newsroom: The Complete Second Season' and 'True Detective.') will be able to use the "BD Live" feature of these discs to sample HBO content, including premier episodes of shows like 'Girls', 'Game of Thrones' and 'True Detectives', for free.
The selected sample episodes available for streaming will also be updated quarterly with new episodes, new shows, and even new original programming, as well as trailers and exclusive bonus content.
HBO sees this as a way to entice fans of one HBO series to watch other shows they may not be that familiar with.
"This also provides us with an opportunity to introduce fans of specific HBO and Cinemax series to other shows they may enjoy," said Sofia Chang, EVP and GM of HBO Home Entertainment.