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High-quality movies and TV shows hit HBO, iTunes in August

HBO Now is available on more platforms than ever and it's bringing Oscar winners "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything". Meanwhile, Apple's bringing home the (Kevin) Bacon in "Cop Car" and other first-run movies.

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With Apple's exclusivity deal running out with HBO Now, more and more people can watch HBO without a cable subscription. The $15 price seems steep compared to Netflix, but August sees some amazing movies being added to HBO's catalog.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" arrives on August 8. The visually amazing "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)" will stream on August 1. For fans of cancelled TV shows that got cancelled, both "Veronica Mars" (the movie) and "Serenity" will make their way to HBO Now in August as well.

Over at iTunes, Apple's got some free TV episodes for you to add to your library including the season premier of "The Killing," season four. On August 14, Apple turns your place into a home box office with a bunch of movies arriving to iTunes on the same day as they do in theaters.

Arriving to HBO in August 2015

August 1

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence) (2014)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  • John Tucker Must Die (2006)
  • Meet the Parents (2000)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Serenity (2005)
  • Veronica Mars (2014)

August 4

  • Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014)
  • Ramona (2015)

August 7

  • Manos Sucias (2014)

August 8

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

August 9

  • True Detective: Season 2 season finale (2014 series)

August 12

  • Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans (2015 series)

August 14

  • Bomba

August 15

  • The Theory of Everything (2014)

August 16

  • Show Me a Hero: Part 1 & 2 (2015 miniseries)

August 22

  • Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
  • Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015)

August 23

  • Ballers: Season 1 season finale (2015 series)
  • Show Me a Hero: Part 3 & 4 (2015 miniseries)

August 29

  • Kill the Messenger (2014)

August 30

  • Show Me a Hero: Part 5 & 6 (2015 miniseries)

Leaving HBO on August 31, 2015

  • Broken Arrow (1996)
  • Ender's Game (2013)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)
  • Enough Said (2013)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
  • The Wolverine (2013)

Available on iTunes in August 2015

August 3

  • The Killing: Season 4 premiere (free)

August 6

  • The Carmichael Show: Season 1 premiere (free)
  • Mr. Robinson: Season 1 premiere (free)

August 10

  • Kingdom: Season 1 premiere (free)

August 14

  • 10,000 Saints (same day as theaters)
  • Cop Car (same day as theaters)
  • People Places Things (same day as theaters)
  • She's Funny That Way (same day as theaters)
  • Return to Sender (same day as theaters)

August 21

  • Being Evel (same day as theaters)
  • Queen of Earth (same day as theaters)

August 28

  • 7 Chinese Brothers (same day as theaters)
  • Turbo Kid (same day as theaters)
  • When Animals Dream (same day as theaters)
  • Z for Zachariah (same day as theaters)

If these online services aren't for you, check out CNET.com/Netpicks for information on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and others.