Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
Almost two years after the initial launch of HBO Go, Time Warner Cable subscribers will finally have the opportunity to sign up for the network’s online streaming service. As of this week, Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax will have instant access to over 1,400 titles from the HBO catalog and 400 from Cinemax on the web, via computers, iPads, iPhones, and Android phones. The news comes just days after Time Warner Cable launched its beta trial of the service.
Last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings named HBO Go as his company’s most feared competitor, observing that “HBO is becoming much more Netflix-like, and we’re becoming much more HBO-like.” The contest has continued to heat up in the new year, with HBO drawing a line in the sand by announcing that it would no longer sell DVDs and Blu-rays directly to the home video giant. As a Time Warner subscriber, I’ve got no plans to quit Netflix anytime soon, but as HBO beefs up its offerings, it’s certainly possible I’ll become less reliant on Netflix over time.
Read Time Warner Cable’s full press release about HBO Go and Max Go after the jump.
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If you’ve watched any Fox prime time shows in the past few weeks, you were probably privy to (several) public service announcements about big-bad Time Warner being mean to Fox in the playground. The ads portray Time Warner as an evil company that’s trying to keep your favorite TV shows away from you, because they’re just not playing fair. The spat concerns one of the most exciting topics in television: Retransmission fees.
The short of it is that Fox, along with all the other major networks, have historically never charged cable companies for retransmission of their programming. (Charging for retransmission has always been the domain of cable networks like TNT.) But now with advertising revenue falling, Fox is demanding that Time Warner pay up $1 for every subscriber. Time Warner is calling shenanigans on that price, which is as high as cable networks like TNT, and is reportedly making a counter offer under fifty cents.
They’ve been negotiating for weeks now, and things are getting even more heated up now that we’re quickly approaching midnight December 31 deadline. If they can’t work something out, it means that Time Warner customers may see their Fox programming vanish right as they’re celebrating the New Year.
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