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HBO CEO mulls teaming with broadband partners for HBO GO

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) - HBO could widen accessto its HBO GO online streaming service by teaming up withbroadband Internet providers for customers who do not subscribeto a cable TV service,...
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HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc, relies on large financial support from its cable and satellite TV partners to help distribute and promote its shows.

Internet-only rivals such as Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc are trying to disrupt this approach by delivering original programming directly over the Internet.

This is a challenge to HBO, however it would be a risky step for the company to by-pass its traditional distribution partners, which provide HBO with lucrative subscription fees.

There are billions of dollars generated from HBO's existing distribution network and to simply circumvent that would not make business sense, Plepler said in January, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Doesn't mean we are not mindful that the problem exists," he added.

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HBO Go: Cable TV goes mobile

HBO Go: Cable TV goes mobile | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...The obvious trend is that cable content that had always been locked into a broadcast realm can now be freed up and merged into streaming on-demand for mobile TV. While Netflix had been the obvious source, networks have figured out how to do it for themselves now, potentially bypassing third-party networks such as Netflix (yes I am calling it a network now, you heard it here first) and creating mobile TV solutions completely built around their brand. Now 500 different apps for 500 different channels may not be the best, and there is potential for services that get huge like Netflix to actually begin offering a Netflix + HBO package for a mobile device in the not too distant future. Either way it's an exciting time, and never has more cable content been available wherever we have our devices. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. The content wave is coming and the stream is just starting to pick up steam.
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HBO Go teased for iPad, iPhone, Android

According to an HBO video posted on YouTube late last week, the HBO Go streaming service is on its way to the Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, and Android-based devices.
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HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC

HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

HBO's "TV Everywhere" service is now available on Samsung's Internet-connected HDTVs -- but customers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable can't access the feature today.  The two biggest U.S. cable operators also block access to HBO Go on Roku's Internet set-tops, while they do allow subscribers to access the service via PCs, Apple iPads and mobile phones.  Meanwhile, DirecTV is allowing customers to log in to HBO Go on Samsung TVs, but like Comcast and TWC the satellite TV company hasn't given the green light to Roku. DirecTV did not immediately provide an explanation for why the Samsung TVs are OK but the Roku boxes are not.  According to sources familiar with Comcast and Time Warner Cable's positions, HBO has not yet agreed to all of the conditions the MSOs require of their TV Everywhere partners, such as how subscriber information is handled on third-party devices and websites... 

On Time Warner Inc.'s Feb. 8 earnings call, CEO Jeff Bewkes urged the industry to make cable content available on as many devices as possible -- as quickly as possible.  "Frankly, I don't understand the reticence of distributors to authenticate on third-party sites like Roku and get HBO and TNT and all of those channels to television," Bewkes said. "As a general principle, we, as an industry, should be making viewers have availability with on-demand TV of all of their favorite networks on any platform, any device that they want to use. ... That's how you fulfill the promise of your brands and of television to viewers. And I'm hopeful that the industry will move pretty quickly past some of its -- I think their more minor concerns that they have, and they ought to speed up."

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In Blow to Netflix, DishOnline Offering HBO, Cinemax Programming

In Blow to Netflix, DishOnline Offering HBO, Cinemax Programming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Dish Network will give customers access to HBO and Cinemax programming through its Internet service DishOnline.
The satellite company positioned its new suite of offerings as a way to differentiate itself from Netflix, which has seen cable partners such as Starz and Showtime tighten the number of shows it can stream.
Netflix does not currently have a deal to stream HBO shows.
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