HBO without cable confirmed for April 2015
Finally, although HBO’s decision to use MLB Advanced Media instead of HBO’s own streaming tech prompted CTO and former Xbox executive Otto Berkes to resign.
HBO without cable coming in 2015
Peter Kafka reports at Recode:
[HBO CEO Richard] Plepler said the company will go “beyond the wall” and launch a “stand alone, over the top” version of HBO in the US next year, and would work with “current partners,” and may work with others as well. But he wouldn’t provide any other detail.
Plepler has been pondering this possibility for a while, and a couple of years ago I did some back-of-the-napkin math which suggested there is a lot of money to be had in a web-only subscription.
I’m not known for my math skills, but it looks like I was on to something.
Correction: This post has been updated because I originally stated the year HBO plans to launch its web-only offering as 2014 in the link at the top, instead of 2015, which is the correct year. Sorry folks.
HBO exec laments piracy of low-quality editions of ‘Game of Thrones’
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, speaking to Entertainment Weekly‘s James Hibberd:
The production values of this show are so incredible. So I’m hoping that in the purloined different generation of cuts that the show is holding up.
More good news for those of us hoping something will change as far as non-cable TV subscription access to the massively popular show and the HBO stable in general.
HBO CEO wants to bundle HBO GO with your internet subscription
This is progress, although MG Siegler is right to doubt whether cable companies, many of whom are also internet service providers, would even consider such a deal.
At least HBO recognizes that the math won’t hold up against a la carte models forever.