“At Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ event in March, the company proudly announced that it would be the exclusive launch partner for Time Warner HBO’s new over-the-top streaming service HBO Now,” Evan Niu writes for The Motley Fool. “he service launched in April on iOS devices and Apple TV as a new stand-alone app. For now, the Mac maker is still enjoying its three-month exclusivity window before HBO Now rolls out to other platforms, but it seems the deal has been a smashing success for the premium cable channel operator.”

“According to app analytics tracker App Annie, HBO Now topped the iOS App Store charts in May in terms of overall revenue,” Niu writes. “That comes after HBO Now launched on April 12 to correspond with the season premiere of Game of Thrones, and users who signed up in April scored a one-month free trial before the $15 per month subscription became effective. HBO Now had reached the No. 2 spot by May 7.”

Niu writes, “The data suggests not only that Apple and HBO added many new subscribers in those weeks, but also that those subscribers are sticking around even after the free trial has expired.”

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MacDailyNews Take: There’s some nice leverage for Apple’s Internet TV negotiations.

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