Although HBO announced that it’s planning on launching a standalone online streaming service next year, details about its official plans for the service have been scant… until now. Fortune reports that HBO is working overtime to make sure its standalone streaming service will be ready to launch this coming April, which not coincidentally will be when the fifth season of Game of Thrones makes its premiere. More →
We still have a few months to go before the hotly anticipated fifth season of Game Of Thrones premieres, but HBO is already starting to get fans excited for the Spring 2015 premiere of season 5. On Tuesday afternoon, the official Game Of Thrones Twitter account posted a short video to Twitter along with a cryptic message. “The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: ThreeEyedRaven.com,” the tweet read. The linked website allows users to sign up for updates delivered via SMS or on Twitter, but no other information was provided.
The Game Of Thrones Season 5 teaser video that accompanied the tweet is embedded below. More →
Very few TV shows in the past decade have attracted as large and diverse of an audience as Game of Thrones, so it’s not surprising that video game developers would want to take advantage of the popularity of the brand. Sadly, not many have found success, but Telltale Games wants to turn that trend around. More →
As much as George R.R. Martin appreciates what HBO has done for his stories, he still thinks its portrayal of the scenery in the Game of Thrones series is wrong, or at the very least not what he personally envisioned. That’s why he spoke at 92Y in Manhattan on Sunday about his new book The World of Ice & Fire that chronicles the history of Westeros and what everything should look like.
There’s a very strange event in America that happens every day: A consumer can pick up their insulin to treat their Diabetes, and on their way out they can grab a gallon of candy with a magazine about celebrities behaving badly. On Sunday night, John Oliver decided to show us just how bad sugar really is. Spoiler Alert: It’s pretty bad.
Surprise: Comcast isn’t overly enthusiastic about HBO’s plan to offer a standalone streaming service that will appeal to cord cutters. Barron’s notes that during an earnings call this week, Comcast EVP and NBC CEO Steve Burke was asked for his take on HBO’s decision to offer a standalone streaming option starting next year. As you might expect, Burke downplayed its significance and even suggested that HBO might come to regret breaking itself away from the bundle in the future. More →
HBO wants to compete with Netflix in a lot of ways, but one of those ways probably won’t be pricing. The Information’s sources claim that HBO will charge at least $15 per month for its standalone streaming service, which will match what subscribers pay per month to get HBO as part of their cable bundles. More →
Predicting the behavior of consumers is notoriously tough, but nowhere is it harder than in the rapidly evolving video streaming market. Pretty much nobody expected Netflix’s streaming service to bloom into the huge mainstream success it currently is. A few years ago, many viewed Netflix’s streaming operation as fatally hamstrung by the narrow and often low-quality movie selection. And this autumn, almost nobody predicted just how much a $1 summer price hike would dent the company’s momentum. More →
This is the moment that cord cutters have been waiting for: HBO will start offering a standalone over-the-top online streaming service starting next year, which will be a massive blow to the American cable TV industry. HBO made this announcement during an investor conference for parent company Time Warner, which has in the past hinted that it wants to give HBO fans the option to watch their favorite shows without having to subscribe to expensive cable bundles. Now that HBO is unbundling its highly acclaimed shows from cable, it will put pressure on more content providers to make their shows more readily available online. More →
Apple fans aren’t the only ones who have had an exciting week for news — cord cutters now have reason to cheer as well. Quartz reports that Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of HBO parent company Time Warner, told an investment conference this week that his company is “seriously considering” whether it wants to start offering HBO Go as a standalone subscription option that people can subscribe to without having cable TV. While Bewkes didn’t full commit to fulfilling cord cutters’ dreams, he did go much farther than he ever has toward saying HBO Go might be a standalone option sometime in the future. More →
HBO has a brand-new reason to offer a standalone online streaming service other than making cord cutters very happy — it could also rake in huge sums of money. Ars Technica points out that a new research note from Barclays Capital analyst Kannan Venkateshwar, who projects that HBO could generate an additional $600 million per year by offering its content online and apart from cable bundles. More →