Netflix is a hit with people because it makes movie and TV viewing easier, even when there is nothing on Saturday evening and we just don’t feel like being in public. Rumors began to swirl that HBO, home to several hugely popular series, would have their own streaming option, but it was unclear if their HBO GO would be that streaming service or if something different is on the horizon.
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Pepler has finally announced to investors that an HBO standalone streaming service will become a reality sometime next year. Sadly, this would only be for users in the United States.
“[10 million homes with broadband internet but no cable subscription] 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.”
There are a handful of shows that we could get to watch on a regular basis. Game of Thrones could be one of them; then the newly announced final season of The Newsroom could also be available to watch whenever you feel like it. Even Last Week Tonight may be in the lineup. How about some of those late night movies?
No word on pricing, but this is our chance to speak up. How much would you pay for the HBO based streaming service per month?
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