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Amazon pulled off a bit of a coup last month when it an inked a three-year deal with HBO worth $300 million to stream older HBO programming on Prime Instant Video. The deal marked the first time HBO has ever agreed to let another company stream its shows, and that will remain the case for the next three years as part of the exclusive agreement. Today, Amazon rolled out the first wave of HBO programming. The list of HBO content is broken up into categories. Classic series added to Prime Instant Video include The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, and Six Feet Under. More recent series include Eastbound & Down, Enlightened,  and Flight of the Conchords. Select seasons of current series... Read more...
Look out, world -- we might finally be moving beyond cable TV after all. For years now, HBO has outright refused to offer up its older programming for streaming. If you wanted to re-watch 'The Wire,' you had to go buy the DVD set. No more. Amazon has reportedly spent around $300 million for a three-year deal that'll have HBO series like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Eastbound & Down, Oz, Band of Brothers and Deadwood, as well as early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, available to Amazon Prime subscribers. This is arguably the largest, most important deal that the Prime Instant Video product has landed, particularly given HBO's current rise to fame in the segment... Read more...
A couple of disclaimers are necessary before moving on. First, each one of us at HotHardware loves our parents. We could go on and on with reasons why, just understand that despite the embedded videos you're about to watch, we have nothing against moms and dads -- we just don't always want to watch movies and TV shows with them. Secondly, the third video is NSFW (in case our parents are reading this, that stands for NOT SAFE FOR WORK). Cool? Let's move on. Never let it be said that HBO doesn't have a sense of humor. Whether or not you have one will depend entirely on whether any of these three videos elicits a chuckle. All three are intended to promote HBO Go, which is HBO's app and service for... Read more...
Home Box Office Inc. doesn't receive nearly as much attention (and kudos) as it deserves in what's become a landscape of streaming media. While organizations like the RIAA and MPAA are ultra concerned with copyrights and locking down content with restrictive digital rights management (DRM), HBO is a company that seems to get it. We caught a glimpse of this in the first quarter of 2013 when HBO's popular Game of Thrones made headlines for breaking a BitTorrent piracy record. Within an hour of the first torrent being uploaded, there were over 163,000 people sharing the single file. However, HBO wasn't all that worried with the rampant piracy that was taking place. "I probably shouldn't be saying... Read more...
Go home, HBO, you're drunk. That's the message we hope Google sends HBO in response to the media company including a link to a copy of the popular VLC media player as part of a DMCA takedown request. Judging by the other links in the request, HBO is primarily trying to remove illegal copies of Game of Thrones from the web, and in all likelihood, the inclusion of VLC was a lazy error. Sorry, but HBO doesn't get a free pass for its simple mistake. In just the past month, companies like HBO and other copyright holders have asked Google to remove nearly 15 million URLs from its search results. It's a daunting task to sift through that many URLs, even for a company as resource-heavy as Google, but... Read more...
Pirates flocked to BitTorrent in record numbers to download the season premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones. Within an hour of the first torrent being uploaded, there were 163,088 people sharing the single file, breaking the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever. That's according to TorrentFreak, which notes that the previous record was held by the season premier of Heroes with 144,663 peers. Game of Thrones blew past that mark, and if you count all the different releases, it's estimated that the season opener has been downloaded over a million times already. Despite all this, HBO doesn't seem too ticked off. Just the opposite, actually. "I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it... Read more...
In America, you can't have your cake and eat it to, but in Scandinavia, you can. Allow us to explain. Throngs of HBO content lovers have requested that HBO allow its HBO Go services to be paid for on a per-user basis, but in America, HBO forces you to have a pay-TV subscription to HBO before it's ever an option. It's one of the longstanding ills of television: you buy the pack of channels, or you get none. But in Nordic lands, things have been rolling a bit differently for some time now, and that's continuing with HBO. The first HBO branded service will be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark in the middle of October to bring Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones and the... Read more...
One of the few (legal) ways you can stream Game of Thrones to your living television set is to subscribe to HBO through your satellite or cable TV provider and login into HBO Go. You can also buy episodes to stream on Amazon Prime, but if it were up to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, you'd also be able to stream HBO content via Netflix. As much as he (and scores of Netflix subscribers) would like for that to happen, HBO doesn't seem all that interested in partnering up. HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson recently reiterated that his company has "no plans to work with Netflix," nor are any discussions between the two companies taking place. Cusson was essentially stomping out speculation to the contrary when... Read more...
HBO Go remains one of the most polarizing applications out there, largely because of just how amazing it is. It's a beautifully designed app, but for whatever reason, HBO refuses to allow it to function unless you are a paying HBO subscriber. Many say that HBO could charge a staggering amount per month for people who just wanted HBO Go access, but with such intense ties to pay-TV providers, it's unlikely that HBO will change that anytime soon. That said, those who do pony up monthly for the channel can now use it on even more Android products. As of this week, the newly updated HBO Go Android app supports Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and "most" versions of Gingerbread. Screen sizes between 3.5"... Read more...
HBO GO, as rumored, has now launched on Xbox. The service officially launched this week on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE, the online entertainment service for Xbox 360. With HBO GO on Xbox, consumers will be able to instantly access more than 1,400 titles, including every episode of every season of the best HBO shows – streamed to their TVs for convenient, on-demand viewing from the comfort of home. HBO GO is available at no additional cost to HBO customers who subscribe through a participating television provider. “HBO and Xbox is a marriage of the two preeminent brands in their respective fields,” said Otto Berkes, senior vice president of Consumer Technology, HBO.  “During... Read more...
HBO GO is perhaps the most fully-featured TV streaming platform out there, but it requires a user to be an HBO cable subscriber to use it. In other words, cord-cutters need not apply. But if you just so happen to subscribe to HBO, and you just so happen to own an Xbox 360, there's some good news you should know about. Microsoft and HBO will soon bring HBO GO to Xbox 360, and if you have a Kinect, it'll be the most exciting way yet to tap into HBO's on-demand library. Eager to see what'll head your way on April 1st? Look below.... Read more...
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer with access to HBO, you’re in luck, because your cable provider will be providing you with access to HBO GO and Cinemax’s MAX GO within the next month. With HBO GO, you can stream 1,400 HBO programs toy our computer, mobile device, or Roku box. MAX GO is essentially the same thing, only for Cinemax. The services are free to those who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax, and they’re already available via a number of providers, including DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Charter, and more. Time Warner Cable to Launch Latest Online Offerings From HBO®, HBO GO® and MAX GO® in the Next Month –More Than 1,400 Titles Will Be Available Online... Read more...
Roku users should listen up: HBO GO is a GO. If you're an HBO GO subscriber, and you also own a Roku box, you can now get unlimited access to over 1,400 of your favorite HBO shows, including HBO original series, hit movies, sports, comedy specials–plus bonus features, and more. It's probably just one of many streaming deals to land in HBO's court in the coming months, but what's most interesting here is that HBO GO is already available in typical Web browsers for HBO subscribers. But if you already own a Roku box, it's just more convenient. Plus, HBO on demand may not have everything at once; on your Roku, the whole catalog is there. So, you game? Er, going?... Read more...
Another Roku? How about a purple one?! Roku just announced a new $50 model, the purple-hued LT model. In conjunction, the company announced that HBO GO would be launching on the Roku platform, bringing 1400 HBO titles to streaming. We're told that it'll include every episode of every season of the best HBO shows, and it'll be available on all Roku boxes at the month's end. HBO GO is available at no additional cost to HBO customers who subscribe through a participating television provider. As for LT? Aside from the lovely $49.99 price point, it'll work with virtually any TV and deliver the Roku experience you're used to with more than 300 channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video,... Read more...
Bad news for iTunes users that may have lost their movie purchases through data loss: users won't be able to re-download or stream their purchased movies to any PC or iOS device in the near future, thanks to movie studios and HBO. There were claims last week that a service named iTunes Replay was on the verge of launching. The basic idea of the service was that by putting iTunes purchases in the cloud, Apple would allow users to re-download almost any movie purchased after January 2009 and stream their content to a Mac or Windows PC, and possibly iOS devices. Users can already stream rented or purchased iTunes movie and TV content to an Apple TV, so bringing playback to other devices... Read more...
The HBO Go service, launched in February 2010, which allows customers of DirecTV, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, and more to catch up on their HBO favorites over the Web, is about to go mobile, which makes sense based on its name. The company has teased iPad, iPhone, and Android viewing in an HBO video posted on YouTube late last week. The video says: "Get every episode of every season of your favorite HBO shows, plus hit movies and much more. All free to HBO subscribers and all streaming on your iPad, laptop, or smartphone wherever you are." The video didn't specify a date that the service would launch, but "05.02.11" was flashed on-screen before the video ended. It also didn't say whether or not... Read more...
There's no question that Internet TV has changed the entire entertainment landscape. Pay-TV providers don't have the assurances they once had, and now they're branching out and providing all sorts of extra services in an effort to entice consumers to stay who might otherwise ditch cable / satellite and rely solely on Hulu / Netflix for their entertainment fix. DirecTV is obviously a huge player in all of this, and they're certainly working to beef up efforts to keep consumers happy. One of the ways is by launching HBO Go and MAX Go on April 12th, which gives customers who subscribe their TV lineup access to the premium channels on-the-go. It's an extension of their pay-TV offerings, and it's... Read more...
Netflix is about to move from playing, or streaming, the content of others to becoming a player in the content industry itself. According to a report in Deadline Hollywood, the company is on the verge of finalizing a deal for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards," for as much as $100 million. The director would be David Fincher, whom you might recognize from a certain movie called "The Social Network." The deal hasn't been finalized yet, according to the report, but Netflix has reportedly already outbid a number of rivals, including several major cable networks, such as HBO and AMC. Cable only series seem to run around 13 episodes or so per season, and... Read more...
Netflix recently sent a survey to some of its customers asking if they would be willing to "pay an additional $9.99 per month" to "watch HBO original series and movies streamed from the Internet to your computer or TV." As this was a survey designed to gauge potential customer interest, there is no definitive indication as to whether Netflix will in fact offer such a premium service. Current Netflix customers who subscribe to any of Netflix's unlimited plans can also watch unlimited streaming movies using the Watch Instantly feature. (Current unlimited plans range from $8.99 per month for one disc at-a-time to $47.99 per month for eight discs at-a-time.) Presently there are over 12,000 movie... Read more...
People close to the situation have been reporting that HBO content could finally be making its way to iTunes:“The HBO insiders said that the new service would be launched and announced simultaneously, most likely in a week or two.Details of the agreement are not yet known, but it is clear that HBO was able to secure better terms from Apple than other content providers, they said.”We’re not sure what better terms might be, but we’re assuming that it is a break from the $1.99 price structure. As we reported before NBC Universal recently started testing the iTunes waters again with a revised price structure and now it seems that others are following suit.Now if only somebody could convince HBO to... Read more...
HBO,Time Warner's cable TV channel, is launching a service allowing subscribers to download and watch HBO content like the Sopranos and Sex in the City on their computers and various mobile devices. It will be offered as a free add-on to their existing subscribers to HBO and HBO on Demand. Targeted at younger subscribers and travelers who watch TV shows and movies on laptops, HBO on Broadband will offer 600 titles each month, with 400 of those available at any time, as well as a live stream of the main HBO channel.HBO on Broadband will also suggest titles based on viewing habits. Programming will be available for at least a month, but will be erased from users' libraries at its expiration date.The... Read more...
After recent defections in the HD DVD camp, many were calling for an end to the next generation disc format wars.  We weren't entirely sure that this was the case, but with new defections might indicate that the next-generation format wars may be winding down after all:A New Line Home Entertainment spokesman confirms reports that the minimajor is following distributor Warner Home Video's lead in abandoning HD DVD and releasing all future next-generation titles only in the Blu-ray Disc format.And HBO Video president Henry McGee says HBO, too, is "following the same policy as Warner Home Video."As long as there are two competing standards both groups may only be succeeding in alienating potential... Read more...
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