HBO programming is among the most in-demand, on-demand programming out there. Everyone wants to stream show like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and The Wire but they’re not available on any of the major sites. So when HBO annoucned their own service, HBO Go, fans got very excited. That excitement quickly faded when HBO revealed Go would only be available to current cable subscribers. You had to pay for HBO on TV for the option to stream it on your computer.
Well now HBO is finally offering people who have given up their cable bills a chance to see shows like Game of Thrones, Girls and Boardwalk Empire on demand. The only catch is you have to live inDenmark, Norway or Sweden. HBO Nordic, a new service available in the northern European area known as Scandinavia, will have an option to pay only for the on-demand service without a cable subscription. Is this just a test run for an eventual North American roll out? Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Thanks to the proliferation of digital services like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video, it’s easier now than ever to get your fill of TV without actually owning a TV. Unless, that is, you want to watch Game of Thrones or True Blood. HBO’s been famously stubborn about not offering a standalone HBO Go service for non-subscribers, and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says that’s not about to change anytime soon.
One reason for that, Bewkes says, is that cord-cutting is actually not all that prevalent. “[T]he whole idea that there’s a lot of people out there that want to drop multichannel TV, and just have a Netflix or an HBO — that’s not right,” he told investors. “Look for the data, you won’t find them.” HBO’s entire business model is built around the idea that people will pay for cable, and so far that assumption is paying off. AllThingsD reports that the combined subscriber base for HBO and Cinemax has increased by over 7 million in the past six months.
Nor is Netflix likely to become an option for those who’d like to get their Girls fix without adding to their monthly cable bill. “There are not talks going on between HBO and Netflix,” he said to analysts. [Gizmodo, Deadline]
After the jump, some better news for those mythical cord-cutters as Apple TV adds Hulu Plus and the iPad adds Amazon Instant Video.
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After shows, cancelled shows, new shows and no-shows all pop up in this edition of TV Bits:
- Falling Skies pulls a Walking Dead and will launch its own after show hosted by Wil Wheaton.
- Despite a huge Internet push, HBO won’t make their On Demand Service HBO Go an a la-carte option.
- Lost stars Maggie Grace and Jorge Garcia reunite on the set of Californication.
- The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has been cancelled and will be replaced by Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.
- Watch an extended preview of CW’s Arrow, which is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.
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We live in a streaming world, and here are some of the latest updates. After the jump read about:
- Netflix has officially passed on continuing the cancelled Terra Nova, but might jump on The River.
- Google Play has now entered the movie rental business.
- XBox Live now has the HBO Go app but only if you have the correct cable provider.
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Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Watching movies on your computer has long been a convenient option that comes at the cost of quality. But as Hulu’s video player gets a size upgrade and iTunes launches 1080p videos, digital media is looking better and better. After the jump:
- Hulu unveils a shinier, cleaner new UI
- Cablevision subscribers can now sign up for HBO Go and Max Go
- Discovery Communications brings 3,000 more titles to Amazon
- The difference between 1080p and Blu-ray may be smaller than you think
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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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Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
The worst of the Netflix backlash may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be nothing but smooth sailing for the company from here on out. Even as services like Amazon and Hulu ramp up their offerings to compete with Netflix, Verizon has just announced that it too plans to jump into the fray, as it plans a major partnership with Redbox. Meanwhile, during a recent presentation Netflix CEO Reed Hastings named HBO Go as his company’s primary competition, noting that “They’re not competing directly with us, but they can.” More after the jump.
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