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Sling TV is certainly emerging as a disruptive force, and if you're looking for just one more reason to cut the cord with your cable or satellite TV provider, the addition of HBO might be the nudge you need. The streaming live TV provider added HBO to its programming lineup today, making it the only live Internet TV service to offer the HBO's content on both a linear and Video-On-Demand (VOD) basis, the company said. Adding HBO to Sling TV's service costs an additional $15 per month over the $20/month core package. So for $35 per month, you can have access to ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, A&E, TNT, History, H2, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family,... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your HBO fix without having to first subscribe to an expensive cable or satellite TV package, today is your day of celebration. Well, that is if you own an Apple device. HBO Now, which was officially announced last month, is now available on Apple TV and via iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. All you have to do is pay $14.99 per month and you gain full access to all of HBO’s current programming as well as its extensive back catalog of movies and TV shows with on-demand access. HBO is even offering customers who sign up in April a free 30-day free trial of the service, so it’s a win-win situation if you own an Apple device and want to try out HBO Now.... Read more...
Following its official public launch in early February, Dish Network’s Sling TV streaming service is off to fast start. Sling TV, which costs $20 per month, captured 100,000 subscribers during its first month of availability and the momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Fresh news today from The Wall Street Journal (no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke) suggests that the adoption of Sling TV may skyrocket again thanks to the inclusion of HBO. According to the WSJ, Time Warner Cable — the parent company of HBO — and Dish Network have come to an agreement which would allow Sling TV subscribers to enjoy such content as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Girls, and Veep (as well as back catalogs... Read more...
Comcast is one of only two companies (EA being the other) to be voted by readers of The Consumerist as the "Worst Company in America" on multiple occasions. It's fair to say the cable giant has an ongoing image problem, and Comcast isn't helping itself any by continuing to tick off subscribers, this time by preventing them from accessing HBO Go on their PlayStation 4 consoles. Much to the initial delight of PS4 owners, the HBO Go app arrived on the console on Tuesday. All a user has to do is authenticate the service through a cable or satellite TV subscription and they're good to go. While the service is working great for subscribers to AT&T,... Read more...
Cord-cutting HBO fans are about to get their wish. Time Warner’s premium cable service is poised to offer HBO Now as a standalone, online service. Multiple reports confirm that it will launch in advance of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, which is slated to begin April 12. (Source: HBO) HBO Now is expected to be priced at $15 per month, making it one of the more pricey online video services. It will likely work with a variety of services and devices, including Apple TV, Google-backed streaming devices, and Roku streamers. HBO hopes that HBO Now will attract subscribers who don’t already subscribe to cable, many of whom have been clamoring (and even petitioning) for a standalone... Read more...
HBO's hit series Game of Thrones has the double-edged distinction of being the most pirated TV show in all of 2014. This is the third year in a row that Game of Thrones has been downloaded more times than any other TV show, with its latest season finale attracting more than 8 million downloads on BitTorrent alone. That's higher than the number of people who actually tuned in to watch the finale. We say it's a "double-edged distinction" because on one hand, if you're HBO, you wish that at least a portion of those record numbers would subscribe to your service and watch the show legally. There's certainly some lost revenue there, though at the same time, HBO's programming president Michael... Read more...
Anyone who goes without cable TV but still loves popular content is no doubt aware of the limitations that cutting the cord can introduce. Often, networks will offer to broadcast their shows online, but then put it behind a paywall in the form of a required cable TV subscription. That's about as nonsensical as it gets, since most people who want to watch online are trying to work around not having that. Well, two major content producers this week announced their plans to get into the digital subscription game, in effect giving people the option to access their content legally, and without a cable TV subscription. The first of these is HBO, a company that's tired of having such a massive part... Read more...
The vast majority of three-piece bundles from cable companies include Internet, television channels, and landline phone service rolled into a single package. That's fine and dandy, but there are a growing number of cord cutters who have no interest in a landline, or even full blown cable or satellite TV service for the matter. Kudos to AT&T for partnering with HBO and Amazon to offer a different kind of package. Starting at $39 per month, you can get AT&T U-verse high-speed Internet, U-verse TV, HBO, and a year of Amazon Prime service, the latter of which is a $99 value by itself. Yes, it's the full Amazon Prime experience, which means free 2-day shipping on millions of qualifying items,... Read more...
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...
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