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Chromecast jumps on HBO Go's dragon bandwagon

It's a long wait till season 4 of "Game of Thrones," but HBO Go subscribers can now catch up on that and other HBO shows on their Chromecasts.

Google's Chromecast is now your ticket to Game of Thrones and other HBO shows. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

There's no need to pay the iron price to get HBO Go support on your Chromecast, as Google announced on Thursday that Chromecasts will begin supporting HBO Go in the next few days.

The update brings HBO's popular breadth of shows and movies to Chromecast via the Android and iOS Chromecast apps, and the HBO Go Web site, to any TV with an HDMI port. Shows such as "Eastbound and Down," "Boardwalk Empire," "Girls," and yes, "Game of Thrones," can now be watched at will using HBO Go.

It may seem a bit odd that people would want to cast HBO Go to their TVs, because HBO is a cable TV channel. However, HBO Go has at least one benefit over the traditional cable channel: you get access to all over HBO's shows and movies a la carte. The Chromecast access will also free people to watch HBO on any modern TV.

So now for Chromecast owners, winter and HBO Go are coming. At $35 for the device, that makes for an affordable techie stocking stuffer.