Apple TV gets price cut and HBO Now

Game Of Thrones on your iPad anyone?

Apple may not have shown much love to its Apple TV platform recently, but it's just given it a major boost by announcing it'll be the exclusive launch partner for the new HBO Now streaming service.

The move, announced today at Apple's Watch launch event in San Francisco, will see massive new shows such as Game Of Thrones and True Detective - plus an eviable back catalogue which includes everything from The Sopranos to Band Of Brothers - available on various Apple devices.

The service will cost US$14.99 a month but as yet there's no word on whether it will be available outside of the States. We're not holding our breath, frankly.

As well as being available on Apple TV itself you'll be able to watch it on iPad or iPhone. Apple TV will also see a price drop from this week: it'll be RM279 in Malaysia.

Where is HBO Now in Asia?

It's great that Apple is fast to adopt HBO's streaming service and placing it in the hands of every iUser out there. But there's just one problem - local availability. While HBO Now is no longer tethered to cable companies in the US, it's still a geo-restricted service. In Asia, there's no word on when the service will be available or what the monthly subscription price will be.

What we do know is that with some creative tinkering (*cough*VPN*cough), you might be able to access the service. At least, that's what we're hoping when HBO Now is launched and we'll hop on board the VPN ship to test this theory out.