‘Game Of Thrones’ Premiere Crashes HBO Go

By | Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 8:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

THRONESIt’s happening again. After viewer demand for the True Detective finale overwhelmed HBO’s streaming service last month, HBO Go customers took to the Web again tonight to complain that they can’t access the fourth season premiere. Like it did with the True Detective finale, HBO Go’s Twitter account acknowledged the technical problems. “Looks like there’s trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We’ll be providing updates, so please stay tuned. #GameofThrones,”it tweeted. That was followed by, “Having trouble accessing @HBO GO? Send a raven. @GameOfThrones will be available soon on HBO On Demand with some cable providers.” Read More »

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Is It Time For HBO GO To Be Offered To People Who Don’t Subscribe To Pay TV?

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 9:06am PDT

Time Warner‘s premium channel is approaching the point where a change would pay off, but there’s no need to hurry, according to data from an online survey of 2,501 adults out today from Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne. HBOGOSome 44% of broadband-only Read More »

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‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO Go

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 11:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detective-hboThe demand for tonight’s season finale of HBO‘s True Detective was so great online, the network’s streaming service HBO GO temporarily crashed trying to fulfill all incoming requests for the closing episode. “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for … Read More »

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HBO GO Lands On Chromecast

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 7:48am PST

The content choices just became more interesting for Google’s hot-selling $35 thumb-drive-sized dongle that brings Web content to TV sets. HBO GO pretty much had to make itself available on Chromecast: Users already can watch Netflix and Hulu … Read More »

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Apple TV Adds HBO GO & Watch ESPN

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 7:38am PDT

CUPERTINO, California—June 19, 2013—Apple today announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on Apple TV joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers. iTunes users have downloaded more than one billion TV episodes and 380 million movies from iTunes to date, and they are purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and over 350,000 movies per day.

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HBO GO Without Cable? Not Yet, Says Time Warner Chief

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:21am PDT

“We have the rights to do it and we would do it if we thought it was in our economic best interest,” Jeff Bewkes says this morning. But the potential market for a stand-alone HBO streaming service in … Read More »

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HBO Go Considered For Non-Cable Subscribers: Report

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 7:17pm PDT

“Maybe HBO Go, with our broadband partners, could evolve”, HBO CEO Richard Plepler told Reuters after the Season 3 premiere of Game Of ThronesRead More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Iran Disses ‘Argo’ After Oscar Win, ‘I Want Your Love’ Banned In Oz, HBO Go Launches In Asia, Depardieu In Chechnya & More

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST

Iran Dismisses ‘Argo’ As “Anti-Iran”, Pro-CIA
Iran’s culture minister blasted Argo, day after it won the Best Picture Oscar, calling it anti-Iranian and weak artistically. Iran’s state TV also called the movie “an advertisement for the CIA.” “This anti-Iran film lacks any artistic aspects and it is a very weak film from an artistic perspective and we don’t expect anything else from the enemy,” Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini said, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency and reported by Reuters. Mehr called the Oscar “politically motivated” because first lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson via video link from Washington to help present the best picture award. Argo has not screened in any Iranian theaters but the movie has been widely available on bootleg DVDs in the black market in Tehran. The Iran hostage drama also won best film editing and best adapted screenplay. Read More »

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HBO GO Links Up With Apple TV

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST

The apps for HBO GO and sister network Cinemax’s MAX GO have finalized a deal with Apple to make the services available on Apple’s AirPlay, which enables the channels’ subscribers to wirelessly stream programming from their iPhone, … Read More »

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HBO Isn’t Talking With Netflix About Programming Deals

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes just threw a bucket of ice water on the idea that Netflix chief Reed Hastings raised last week in his quarterly letter to shareholders. “While we compete for content and viewing time with HBO, it is also possible we will find opportunities to work together – just as we do with other networks,” Hastings said. “Consumers who are passionate about movies and TV shows are quite willing to subscribe to multiple services.” Perhaps. But Bewkes isn’t interested in seeing HBO programming appear on Netflix just yet. “There are not talks going on between HBO and Netflix,” he said in his quarterly call with analysts. Although he acknowledges that “sometimes other relationships emerge over time” between competitors, when it comes to Netflix he added: “Not now.” Read More »

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HBO GO To Light Up Amazon’s Kindle Fire

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 10:18am PDT

A milestone announcement today for HBO’s streaming platform. The new HBO GO app, available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, should significantly expand the number of HBO subscribers who’ll be able to use a mobile device to watch … Read More »

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Did Time Warner Fire A Warning Shot At Studios That Sell Films To HBO?

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 9:19am PDT

HBO GO Time Warner EarningsIt sure sounded that way a little while ago when Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was telling analysts about the reasons why he likes HBO GO, the premium channel’s new streaming service. Subscribers frequently … Read More »

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XBox 360 Adds Comcast, HBO, And MLB Apps As Entertainment Usage Soars

By | Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 7:02am PDT

The people behind Microsoft’s console say that owners now spend more time using it for entertainment than they do for multiplayer games.  And today they hope to add momentum to their effort to turn the device into a home entertainment … Read More »

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Cablevision Launches HBO GO And TV Everywhere Destination

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 11:54am PDT

BETHPAGE, NY – March 14, 2012 – Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the launch of HBO GO® and MAX GO®, expanding to 12 the number of mobile programming services available to iO TV digital cable customers. HBO GO and MAX GO make HBO® and Cinemax® content available on any Internet-connected computer and other portable devices like the iPad® and iPhone® and Android™ smartphones to customers who receive the channels as part of their cable service.

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Cablevision To Carry HBO Go & MAX Go

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 10:08am PST

Following Time Warner Cable’s deal for HBO Go on Friday, Cablevision had remained the only major cable operator not to offer the HBO streaming service.

BETHPAGE, NY—December 19, 2011 – Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced an agreement to offer its iO TV® customers access to HBO’s authenticated online video destinations, HBO GO® and MAX GO®. Cablevision customers who subscribe to HBO and/or Cinemax will have free, unlimited access to the corresponding online services at any time, on any computer in the U.S. with a high?speed Internet connection as well as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and select AndroidTM devices. The company expects to launch these services in the next few months.

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HBO Go, MAX Go Finally Launching On Time Warner Cable Systems Within Next Month

By | Friday December 16, 2011 @ 5:33pm PST

Time Warner Cable has finally reached an agreement to deliver mobile TV applications HBO Go and MAX Go to its customers. TWC has been the largest pay TV provider that hasn’t signed an agreement with its former parent company’s premium … Read More »

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Predicts 50% Of TV Viewing From Web In Decade: UBS Confab

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had the best line of the day at the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference. Told that last year his company was the object of ”mystique, envy and fear” at the confab, Hastings said: ”Now it’s just pity.” Well, yes — considering that his company’s stock has fallen 77% since mid-July, when Netflix boosted prices by 60% for consumers who wanted to continue to receive DVDs and stream videos. ”We had done so many difficult things that we became overconfident,” Hastings says. “Our big obsession for the year was, ‘Let’s not live and die by DVD.’ ” But the change ”turned out to be a little too fast. … We berate ourselves tremendously for that lack of insight.” But his appearance at the UBS gathering was designed to demonstrate that Netflix is back on track — and that its shares are worth buying again. For investors who believe that Web video is going to soar, ”we’re the leading play on that thesis. … As long as we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot anymore, it’s a great opportunity.” He adds that “there’s no effective competitor for exactly what we do.”

Hastings predicted that within the next 10 years about half of all TV viewing will come via the Internet. He says that TV manufacturers ”want you to live in their device.” While about a third of TV sets sold today can connect directly to the Internet, “in a few years most of the TVs sold will be smart TVs. … It’s a phenomenal revolution.” The biggest loser will be broadcast TV, he says. “It’ll be declining like land-line telephony. … To some degree we’ll look at broadcast in 20 years as being like (telephone) party lines.” And as broadband providers include more fiber optic lines in their networks, they’ll be able to transmit Internet video at speeds of 1 gigabit per second. “Peak Netflix viewing on a Saturday night could still fit through one fiber optic (line),” he says. “A gigabit is a tiny fraction of what’s possible over fiber optic.” Hastings says that providers shouldn’t have to raise prices, or resort to usage-based pricing, to handle all of that Internet video traffic — although they might try to do so. ”It would be unfortunate because it’s not based on the costs,” which are fixed, he says. Consumers also might balk. ”Time Warner Cable tried it a couple of years ago in Texas and backed down. … I doubt it will happen.” Read More »

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Starz Chief Warns Investors That “It Will Take Money” To Produce The Original Programs It Needs

Although Starz appears to be off the market for now, CEO Chris Albrecht told investors today that his channel should still be in the catbird seat as digital media grow. But “it will take money” to produce the … Read More »

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Is Time Warner Cable Really, Finally, Close To A Deal To Offer HBO Go?

It’s stange that a former corporate cousin of HBO — Time Warner Cable — remains the biggest pay TV company that still doesn’t offer subscribers the opportunity to access the HBO Go digital streaming service. But that will … Read More »

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