HBO Vs. Netflix Original Content

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

By on August 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

The future keeps happening. Facebook just passed IBM in market cap and now Netflix has passed HBO in subscriber revenue, hitting a giddy $1.146 billion last quarter. More →

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HBO Web TV Service

HBO inches closer to making cord cutters’ dreams come true

By on August 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

HBO inches closer to making cord cutters’ dreams come true

HBO isn’t going to abandon cable companies in the United States anytime soon, but it has no such allegiances to pay TV providers overseas. The Wall Street Journal reports that HBO is looking for new countries that could be candidates to get its standalone web TV service, which has proved to be a smash hit in the Nordic countries where it’s been available since 2012. More →

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HBO Vs. Netflix Subscribers

Why HBO won’t ditch cable, no matter how much you beg it to

By on July 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Why HBO won’t ditch cable, no matter how much you beg it to

HBO gets it: You want to be able to subscribe to its content without having to pay for a bunch of other channels you don’t want. However, just because HBO understands what you want, that doesn’t mean it care. Re/code’s Peter Kafka has an excellent post explaining why HBO isn’t going to pull a Netflix and offer a standalone online subscription, no matter how much you beg it to do so. More →

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How To Get HBO GO

How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription

By on July 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription

One of the only things keeping cable subscribers tied to their providers is the never-ending stream of quality content being pumped out by HBO. Whether it’s Game of Thrones, True Detective or The Leftovers, many of us can’t help but gather around the television on Sunday night for hours on end, but it doesn’t alleviate the pain of that $100+ subscription. That’s why it might be time to take advantage of one of the little known secrets of the cable industry.

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Game of Thrones VFX Video

Watch as individual scenes from Game of Thrones come to life with CGI

By on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Watch as individual scenes from Game of Thrones come to life with CGI

Between the practical stunts, the engrossing performances and the beautiful locations featured on Game of Thrones, the special effects that tie the show together often go unnoticed. Mackevision, one of the visual effects studios working on the HBO smash hit, has shared a highlight reel of its work on season 4. The studio does everything from sprucing up the backdrops to crafting large cities to giving real-life sets a digital makeover with just enough medieval panache to pass as part of Westeros.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video HBO Shows

Here are all the HBO shows you’re now able to watch on Amazon Prime

By on May 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Here are all the HBO shows you’re now able to watch on Amazon Prime

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service won’t give you everything you can get on HBO… but it will still give you a lot. Amazon on Wednesday announced the first batch of shows that its Prime Instant Video and it includes every season of The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Rome, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords. You’ll also be able to watch at least some early seasons of current shows such as True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Treme, although sadly for fantasy fans there’s no Game of Thrones on this list just yet. Other HBO content available through Amazon Prime Instant Video includes original movies Mary and Martha, Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack, as well as original miniseries Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Parade’s End and Angels in America. Amazon’s full press release announcing the available shows follows below. More →

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Game of Thrones Super Mario World

Here’s what HBO’s Game of Thrones would look like inside Super Mario World

By on May 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Here’s what HBO’s Game of Thrones would look like inside Super Mario World

Three years ago, Game of Thrones blew away viewers with what immediately became one of the most iconic openings in television history. Paired with an epic score, the introduction to Westeros was both informative and imaginative, spanning continents while focusing in on some of the key locations of the story. The opening matched the tone of HBO’s show flawlessly, which makes YouTube user NicksplosionFX’s Mario-themed parody even more delectable. With the help of an 8-bit remix of the ubiquitous theme, NicksplosionFX has recreated the opening scene inside of the Super Nintendo classic, Super Mario World. From Yoshi’s Island to Bowser’s Castle, the Mushroom Kingdom isn’t quite as vast as Westeros, but the parody is spot on. Check it out below. More →

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HBO Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime users will soon have access to HBO shows for the first time

By on April 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM.

Amazon Prime users will soon have access to HBO shows for the first time

Amazon and HBO on Wednesday announced a first-of-its-kind deal that will make HBO content available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Several popular HBO shows and mini-series will be included in the deal, and content can be streamed to computers, smartphones, tablets and TVs using Amazon’s various video-streaming apps. What’s more, all newly available HBO content will also be accessible on Amazon’s new Fire TV streaming set-top box. More →

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Game of Thrones Torrent Swarm

Latest Game of Thrones episode sets a new torrent record

By on April 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM.

Latest Game of Thrones episode sets a new torrent record

Game of Thrones, the most pirated show of 2013, started its fourth season two weeks ago and it’s already breaking records just two episodes in. TorrentFreak reports that “The Lion and the Rose,” the second of episode of the show’s fourth season, garnered the largest torrent swarm ever recorded on Sunday night. Nearly 200,000 users were downloading the same exact torrent all at once, breaking the previous record of the season three finale, which raked in around 170,000 concurrent downloads. More →

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Game Of Thrones Westeros Maps

Stanford researchers map the world of Game of Thrones

By on April 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Stanford researchers map the world of Game of Thrones

The fourth season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones kicked off this past week. 6.6 million people tuned into the premiere, making it the most watched single episode of an HBO show since the series finale of Sopranos. Based on author George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel series titled A Song of Ice and Fire, the show takes place in a mythical world consisting of four continents, one of which is Westeros. We’ve all seen the models of Westeros in the show’s opening credit sequence, but a group of Stanford researchers have taken things to the next level by creating a series of geological maps that shows us how the landscape of Westeros might have evolved over time. More →

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AT&T HBO Basic Cable Offer

AT&T makes its best offer yet to keep you from cutting the cord

By on April 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

AT&T makes its best offer yet to keep you from cutting the cord

AT&T is now following Comcast and Time Warner Cable by coming out with a low-cost option for subscribing to a basic cable package that will include HBO as a way to lure cord cutters back into the fold. As DSLReports notes, AT&T is offering U-Verse subscribers a basic TV package with HBO and 18Mbps Internet service for just $40 per month over the first year. The usual caveats apply, of course: The service is only $40 per month for the first year and jumps to $70 a month after that. The package also doesn’t include HD service, which will set you back by another $10 per month, and it will require you to pay a $99 installation fee. So really, AT&T’s offer isn’t as good as it first sounds but it could still be a welcome one for any Game of Thrones fans who want to watch their favorite show without forking over $100 or more per month for pay television services.

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Game of Thrones Books vs. Show

HBO might finish Game of Thrones before author Martin does

By on April 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

HBO might finish Game of Thrones before author Martin does

Ever since HBO first began production on Game of Thrones, fans of the series have been acutely aware of George R. R. Martin’s deliberate writing pace. Despite a 15-year head start, Martin has only recently released book 5 of his 7 book series, setting up the distinct possibility of the show surpassing its source material before Martin has time to finish book 7. In an interview with NewsOK, Game of Thrones show writer Bryan Cogman discussed that impending predicament. More →

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