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HBO launching standalone streaming service in 2015

10/15, 12:15pm

Streaming version of HBO will be offered outside of current pay-TV packages

HBO will be starting up a stand-alone streaming service in the United States, the CEO has confirmed. Starting from next year, the broadcaster will be offering subscriptions to stream its content to customers with broadband Internet connections, without it being bundled alongside other channels as part of a more expensive pay-TV package.

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AT&T targets cord-cutters with $40 basic TV, HBO, Amazon Prime bundle

09/23, 11:33am

Bundle combines HBO, HBO Go with local TV channels, Internet

AT&T is following Comcast's lead, in offering a basic service aimed at cord-cutters. The bundle combines a basic television service with Internet at a relatively low cost, and while it copies Comcast in providing HBO and HBO Go under the subscription, it also unusually adds in one year of free Amazon Prime deliveries and Prime Instant Video.

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CBS, Time Warner CEOs warm to Internet TV versions of Showtime, HBO

09/12, 12:38pm

CEO comments suggest premium channels could have future standalone subscriptions

Subscriptions to Showtime and HBO separate from a cable television service could still happen, according to comments made at an investor conference. The CEOs of Time Warner and CBS both made similar statements, suggesting the channels may be available without requiring a cable subscription, with viewers able to watch shows over the Internet.

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HBO reportedly examines potential for international online expansion

08/04, 7:50am

Possible web TV expansion hints at future non-cable HBO service in US

HBO may be working on making its programming more available online, though outside of the United States. The channel is believed to be looking into expanding its existing Web TV service it has operated in Northern Europe since 2012 into new markets, as the Time Warner unit explores ways to increase its revenues without disturbing its existing US arrangements with pay-TV operators.

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Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

04/23, 10:27am

Classic HBO shows heading to Prime Instant Video next month

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials.

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Briefly: Game of Thrones crashes services, Google I/O registrations

04/08, 8:07am

Game of Thrones premiere free on Xbox Video after HBO Go crashes

HBO is offering the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones free on Xbox, after its HBO Go app failed during the broadcast. The free episode will be viewable on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Video, rather than the HBO Go app until April 14th, reports Variety. HBO Go is not the only service to be affected by the influx of Game of Thrones fans, as British broadcaster Sky's Now TV suffered a similar fate during the later UK broadcast last night.

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Briefly: PS4 sales surpass six million, HBO GO app for PS3

03/04, 10:57pm

Sony announces PlayStation 4 sales exceed 6 million units globally this week

As of March 2, Sony has announced that its PlayStation 4 console system has cumulatively sold through more than six million units globally. Software sales currently total over 1.37 million copies sold in retail stores, as well as through digital downloads. Over 370,000 console units have been sold in Japan since its launch in the region on February 22. The PS4 system is currently available in 57 countries worldwide.

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HBO Go for iOS, Android updated with Chromecast support

11/21, 10:12am

HBO content now viewable on Chromecast

Just as previously hinted in Google's support pages, HBO has updated its app for both Android and iOS, adding the ability to play shows through the Google Chromecast dongle. The updated HBO Go allows for streaming to the Google media player while simultaneously allowing the app to be used for controlling playback.

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Briefly: HBO Go for Chromecast; Google Music iOS launch 'imminent'

11/14, 12:30pm

HBO Go appears on support page for Chromecast

Google appears to be preparing to add an HBO Go app to its Chromecast HDMI dongle. The addition has already surfaced on Google's support page, which was spotted by Droid-Life. The app, which is already available for other Android and iOS devices, enables HBO subscribers to stream shows and movies.

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Comcast offers unbundled HBO access with Internet service

10/25, 2:41pm

Package geared for streaming content

Comcast is reportedly preparing a new offering that essentially unbundles HBO service from a traditional cable TV package. In a promotion spotted by GigaOM, the company is enabling customers to purchase basic Internet service with local TV channels and HBO content for $40 per month.

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Study: Apple tops in content streaming, beating Netflix, HBO GO

08/06, 9:00pm

Ranking proves again that value of experience can trump content

A study done by customer experience research firm ForeSee has surveyed customers of mobile media and entertainment sites and found that generally, customers are more satisfied with such services than they were a year ago: the average score was 77 out of 100, compared to 67 a year ago. In the streaming TV and movies category, Apple's iTunes squeaked out a surprise win over competitors such as Netflix and HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle and Hulu Plus. The study also found that customers were much more satisfied with home Internet service than cellular data.

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Cable companies, other factors delayed HBO on Apple TV

06/20, 7:04pm

Combination of issues highlights complications of digital TV

Though Apple has only just added HBO Go to the lineup of its Apple TV set-top box, the reason for the long delay come from various factors outside Apple's control rather, according to various reports put together by AppleInsider. HBO itself -- along with Apple -- were focused on getting the network's content onto iPhones and iPads as a priority, with the Apple TV "app" becoming HBO's first-ever all in-house software project. On top of that, affiliates such as Comcast are often hesitate to allow subscribers access to the mobile versions.

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Apple TV 5.3 update adds HBO Go, Sky News, other networks

06/19, 11:15am

HBO, WatchESPN options require existing cable subscriptions

Apple has issued a v5.3 update for second- and third-generation Apple TVs. The new firmware adds support for several video services, most notably HBO Go, WatchESPN, and Sky News. Also included are Crunchyroll, which concentrates on anime and other Asian content, and Qello, which hosts concerts and music documentaries.

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HBO considers allowing HBO GO outside of cable packages

03/22, 10:56am

Service might still be tied to Internet service

HBO may be relenting on its position towards allowing HBO outside of cable TV subscription packages, Reuters reports. CEO Richard Plepler says that the company is considering allowing access to HBO GO, its digital streaming option, via bundles with broadband Internet subscriptions. That would likely add about $10 to $15 to a person's Internet bill. "We would have to make the math work," says Plepler.

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Study: Game of Thrones pirated downloads match TV viewership

06/08, 3:50pm

HBO denies standalone app despite piracy level

Game of Thrones is reportedly the most pirated series of the current TV season, with downloads nearly equaling television viewer estimates in the US, according to figures gathered by TorrentFreak. Each episode attracts an estimated 4.2 million viewers on HBO, barely surpassing 3.9 million pirated downloads. A call for HBO to introduce a standalone subscription for online access to content was dismissed by the cable television network.

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HBO Go and MAX Go now available for Android, not tablets

05/05, 9:06pm

Premium channel apps now on Android

HBO has rolled out Android versions of its HBO Go and MAX Go apps, allowing the users of Android-powered devices to stream content from the two premium channels on the go, so long as they already have a cable subscription to the premium channels. The Apps are available for free in Google's Play app store.

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Microsoft to offer free Xbox Live media apps for five days

04/17, 1:25pm

Xbox Live services to go free from April 19-23

In an attempt to get some more users hooked on its premium Xbox Live subscription service, Microsoft will offer it for free for five days, commencing on Thursday, April 19, and running until Monday, April 23. Partners like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and EPIX will also open their doors for free during the same time period. Depending on where users are, however, they will get various amounts of free app access during those five days.

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Netflix chief gripes over Comcast's Xbox use draw FCC looks

04/16, 11:00pm

Netflix may spur FCC action on Comcast neutrality

A commentary by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may have brought official FCC scrutiny on Comcast for its cap exemption of Xfinity TV on the Xbox 360. He argued that Comcast was violating net neutrality principles by giving its own service a 'free' pass while applying the cap to competing services, including not just his own Netflix but HBO Go and Hulu Plus as well. After being asked by the Wall Street Journal, the FCC said it "takes seriously" allegations of violations like these and was following what was going on.

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Comcast's HBO Go on Xbox 360 goes live

04/09, 10:55pm

Xbox 360 can now get HBO shows on Comcast

As promised, Comcast on Monday switched on its HBO Go support for the Xbox 360 on Monday. Viewers who have a Comcast cable subscription and the console can sign in and watch nearly all of HBO's catalog on-demand. Unlike the Xfinity TV app, though, viewing counts towards the 250GB data transfer cap.

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Comcast subs getting HBO Go on Xbox 360 early next week

04/06, 5:00pm

HBO Go gets clearance for Comcast owners at last

Comcast sent word Friday of plans that confirmed rumors of imminent HBO Go on Xbox 360 support. Gamers would get access to the premium cable channel's on-demand shows in streaming form "early next week." The sign-in for HBO Go will be the same as for the already-active Xfinity TV.

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HBO Go on Xbox 360 said close for Comcast, Time Warner Cable

04/04, 2:55pm

Comcast, TWC near deal on HBO Go at last

HBO Go is close to overcoming its absence on Comcast and Time Warner Cable, sources hinted Wednesday. Multiple people linked to the talks explained to the New York Times that the cable providers were "close" to a deal. Comcast could be active as soon as this week, while Time Warner Cable's timing wasn't as certain.

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Comcast, Time Warner subscribers blocked from HBO Go on Xbox

03/27, 10:55pm

By Justin King

Comcast and Time Warner cable subscribers are reportedly blocked from accessing HBO Go content via Xbox 360. Many cable subscribers who were already paying for HBO service through Comcast and Time Warner were surprised to find that their cable providers have yet to participate in the HBO Go program.

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MLB, Comcast, HBO Go reach Xbox 360, media use passes games

03/27, 10:00am

MLB joins cable on Xbox 360

Microsoft took its promised Comcast Xfinity TV and HBO Go support live on the Xbox 360 Tuesday with the extra addition of MLB.tv. Akin to the ESPN app, it gives users the option of watching live and on-demand events, albeit live only for out-of-market games. Kinect owners have the extra advantage of motion and voice commands that can sometimes speed up the action.

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Xbox 360's Comcast, HBO Go streaming switches on Tuesday

03/26, 7:55pm

Comcast and HBO get long awaited Xbox 360 apps

The long-expected Xbox 360 apps for Comcast's Xfinity TV and HBO Go should go live on Tuesday. Tips sent to GigaOm were short on details, but it's believed the HBO app was going live to make sure it was ready for the Game of Thrones second season premiere on April 1, as hinted by studio co-president Eric Kessler. Comcast's timing wasn't explained, but might be following the same reasoning.

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HBO shows off voice-guided HBO Go on Xbox 360

03/15, 7:30pm

Shows interface in preparation for April 1 launch

HBO has begun its marketing push in anticipation of its April 1 introduction of support for HBO Go on the Xbox 360. As part of that campaign, the video content provider has created and uploaded a video "tease" on YouTube (below). Showcased in the video is the Xbox's ability to use Kinect voice commands to manage the service's user interface.

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HBO Go reaches Xbox 360 on April 1

02/28, 3:25am

Xbox 360 gets HBO Go support soon

Microsoft's long-promised HBO Go support for the Xbox 360 was confirmed late last night as arriving on April 1. Americans with the current-generation Xbox Dashboard interface will have the option of watching the network's shows through a signed-in console, whether or not they're at home. The timing dovetails with the start of the second season of Game of Thrones and serves as a catch-up service.

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HBO stops selling Netflix cheap discs to curb competition

01/05, 3:35pm

HBO hopes to slow down Netflix with price change

HBO confimed Thursday that it had stopped directly supplying Netflix with discounted discs. The change won't affect Netflix's ability to get discs, but it will force Netflix to get discs from other sources, CNET was told. It isn't expected to hurt availability or prices in the near term, although Netflix has never had HBO streaming rights.

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Cablevision adds HBO Go and MAX Go streaming

12/19, 11:55pm

Cablevision joins TWC with HBO Go access

Cablevision on Monday joined Time Warner Cable's move in adding support for HBO Go and MAX Go streaming. Those on iPads, iPhones, and some Android devices can watch every current and past episode from the "best" shows on either network, including some big-name movies. Viewers need to authenticate to an Optimum account with HBO access to watch the streams, which also include the web.

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HBO Go streaming at last reaches Time Warner Cable viewers

12/16, 9:45pm

HBO Go spreads to TWC viewers

Ending one of the longer waits for access, Time Warner Cable said it would carry HBO Go within the next month. The deal will let those who subscribe to a traditional TV package stream HBO's current and back catalogs. TWC will need to run a "short" beta before the public launch to make sure the authenticated system works.

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Xbox 360 live TV starts December 6, full provider list shown

12/05, 12:30am

Microsoft outlines launch plans for X360 live TV

In sync with the fall Xbox 360 Dashboard update, Microsoft has provided a listing of TV providers that will be ready to go this week. Along with existing access to ESPN, Hulu, and Netflix, the December 6 update will also bring EPIX authenticated video in the US, Lovefilm in the UK, MediaSet's Premium Play in Italy, Sky Go in Austria and Germany, Telefonica Espaņa's Movistar Imagenio, and MSNBC's Today in the US.

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Roku's HBO GO support goes live

11/04, 6:10pm

Roku HBO GO now live

Roku has announced that the promised HBO GO service addition to its Roku media streaming boxes is now live. Roku users now have access to over 1,400 HBO shows. However, the service requires users to be authenticated according to their legacy cable provider, but now offers the convenience of delivering their content through the one player.

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Time Warner Cable finally ready to offer HBO Go apps?

09/28, 6:55pm

Companies said to be finalizing deal

Time Warner Cable is reportedly preparing to offer HBO's Go apps to its cable TV subscribers. Although the cable provider has yet to publicly confirm the move, which would enable users to access HBO content from mobile devices, unnamed sources have told Bloomberg both companies may be ready to announce an agreement sometime in the next few weeks.

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HBO seeing rapid growth thanks to iOS apps

06/27, 11:35am

Hits 3-millionth download

In early May, HBO launched its HBO Go app for iPads, iPhones, Android OS devices and PCs. The app provides subscribers with streamed viewing of almost 1,400 HBO TV shows, sports, and movies. Today, the app is expected to see its three-millionth download.

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HBO Go app now officially out in App Store, Android Market

04/29, 2:30pm

HBO Go app for Android, iOS launches early

The teased HBO Go app that will allow for streaming cable TV content to portable devices has now gone live, and ahead of its initially promised May 2 launch date. The respective apps are now available for iOS devices (free, App Store) and Android (Android Market). Users need to be subscribers to cable or satellite service with an HBO Go deal, however.

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