It’s a given that more and more people are opting out of cable channels in favor of streaming services. HBO has HBO Go, but that’s only for cable subscribers. It’s also a given that their show Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV series in the world. Their next move? Go after — no, I’m kidding. HBO is pretty progressive about the matter. HBO plans on offering an online-only streaming service.
In a current investor meeting for Time Warner, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler had a few words about the 10 million broadband-only homes:
“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”
That last sentence sounds so threatening — All men must have HBO.
One avenue for HBO is to offer the service through broadband services on Time Warner and Comcast. Although, that would put a damper on those who have another broadband service. Another avenue is through Amazon Prime. And the last is setting up their own service akin to Netflix.
It’s a wonderful step in the right direction. I hope this also means they’ll offer their entire library. I still need to watch the second season of Carnivale.