Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Next Year You Can Have HBO Go Without Cable

So it begins.  The inevitable Golden Age where it won't matter that the government is allowing Time Warner and Comcast to become a pure monopoly.  Where it won't matter that Comcast's preferred customer service policy is legitimate harassment of people who can no longer stand their service, except for HBO.  You will be able to extend your middle finger right to the face of cable television, eschewing their bullshit and their services (because Google will give you Internet) once and for all.

 That's because in 2015 the biggest premium cable channel is coming to the masses, sans cable.


In fantastic news for those of you living off your parents' HBO GO accounts, HBO's Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler promised the assembled crowd of suits at Time Warner Investor Day that HBO would be offering its streaming service à la carte starting next year.

Plepler noted that 10 million homes are broadband-only, having declined the opportunity to bundle despite frequently and loudly advertised financial incentives of doing so. "There are 80 million homes that do not have HBO," Plepler noted, after spending whole years of watching Game of Thrones be the most downloaded television show of all time every week.

This news comes on the heels of a couple details that prove vital to HBO's mindset.  Amazon Prime making deals to acquire a heap of the network's back catalog of content, and HBO themselves declaring that they see Netflix as their direct competitor. 

Bring it on television, let's do this. 

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