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HBO Now Comes To Verizon

It'll be billed as part of your monthly Internet service.

We're getting closer to HBO for everyone.

Verizon and HBO said Tuesday that HBO Now, a standalone video streaming service first announced in March, is open to Verizon broadband customers.

If you're a Verizon FiOS or high-speed Internet customer, you can start a 30-day free trial right away. Once you've signed up, you'll be able to watch shows like "Game of Thrones" and a slew of movies via apps on Android devices, the Amazon Fire tablet, the iPhone, the iPad or Apple TV. After 30 days, the service will cost $14.99 a month.

"Wait," you might be thinking, "couldn't I get HBO Now on those devices already?"

The major difference here is that if you sign up via Verizon, HBO Now will be billed as part of your monthly Internet service. The companies also announced that HBO content will be featured on Verizon's upcoming mobile video platform, which Variety previously reported will be launched in some form this summer.

Verizon boasts 100 million customers. As Peter Kafka noted on Recode, that could give HBO a massive marketing boost -- one that rivals the exclusive given to Apple upon HBO Now's launch.

In May, Verizon announced that it would acquire AOL, the parent company of The Huffington Post. That $4.4 billion deal closed last month.

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