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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Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer

Video: Watch the final Game of Thrones trailer before season 4 begins

By on March 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Video: Watch the final Game of Thrones trailer before season 4 begins

The most pirated television show of the year last year will soon be back with a brand new season, and it’s certainly safe to call it one of the most eagerly anticipated seasons of the year. The season 3 finale of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones was viewed by an estimated 5.4 million people as it aired, and more than 5.9 million people downloaded the episode illegally. It was easily one of HBO’s biggest single episodes, and now we’re less than one month away from the premiere of a brand new season. More →

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True Detective 8-bit Video Game

Video: What if True Detective was an 8-bit video game?

By on March 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Video: What if True Detective was an 8-bit video game?

Now that the first season of True Detective has ended, we’re all anxiously awaiting season 2. Which sleuthing duo will replace Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? Has the story of the Yellow King truly ended? Will Rustin Cohle ever shave that awful mustache? It’ll be months before we have the answers to any of these questions, but for now, at least we have some very creative fans to take our minds off the extended departure of HBO’s best new series. In this video, YouTuber CREWgaming has “gamified” True Detective, shrinking Rust and Marty down to 8-bit (or so) proportions. It’s a fun distraction, but nevertheless contains plenty of harsh language and a few spoilers. You have been warned. More →

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HBO GO True Detective Finale

HBO GO crumbles in the wake of ‘True Detective’ finale

By on March 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

HBO GO crumbles in the wake of ‘True Detective’ finale

HBO’s nonchalant attitude regarding account sharing may have backfired last night. Because of overwhelming demand, HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, essentially shut down for over an hour, according to many frustrated users. HBO GO’s official Twitter account promptly responded to the uproar, requesting that users “try again soon.” The service doesn’t have enduring issues very often, but the combination of a heavily hyped season finale, Matthew McConaughey’s recent Oscar win and the fact that detectives Cohle and Hart won’t be returning next year brought HBO GO to its knees. With the Game of Thrones season premiere just weeks away, we’re all hoping HBO can boost the infrastructure a bit to make sure those of us that miss the first few minutes can catch back up as quickly as possible.

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HBO Subscriber Growth 2 Million

HBO under no pressure to cater to cord cutters

By on February 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

HBO under no pressure to cater to cord cutters

Cord cutters may dream of the day when HBO offers its shows as a standalone subscription option over the web but it doesn’t look like it will be under any pressure to do so for the foreseeable future. Barron’s notes that Time Warner on Wednesday said that HBO added 2 million subscribers in 2013, which was its biggest yearly increase in 17 years. HBO’s revenues have also risen 6% year-over-year, which means that it’s still raking in money despite the added competition from Netflix, Hulu and other online television options beloved by cord cutters. What all this means is that HBO’s business model isn’t broke and thus doesn’t need fixing. While this might be a disappointment to those of us who want to watch HBO shows without subscribing to expensive cable bundles every month, it’s also sadly a fact of life.

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HBO Showtime Starz Gain Subscribers

Study showing HBO, Showtime and Starz losing subscribers is dead wrong [updated]

By on January 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Study showing HBO, Showtime and Starz losing subscribers is dead wrong [updated]

The NPD Group released a study this week that showed the steady decline of premium channel subscribers over the past two years. NPD Group analyst Russ Crupnick explained that many consumers are attempting to save money by replacing premium channels with streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu Plus, but according to an HBO spokesman, NPD’s “research is simply incorrect.” More →

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HBO Netflix Subscriber Growth Analysis

Could this be what finally gets HBO to ditch cable companies?

By on January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Could this be what finally gets HBO to ditch cable companies?

Fans of hit HBO shows have long dreamed of the day when they can watch their favorite programs online without having to subscribe to an expensive cable bundle. While HBO has given no indication that it will ever sever ties with the cable companies that distribute its content, that could change if new trends flagged by the NPD Group keep accelerating. More →

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HBO Go Login Sharing

Don’t bother subscribing, HBO wants you to use your friends’ HBO Go logins

By on January 20, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Don’t bother subscribing, HBO wants you to use your friends’ HBO Go logins

Did you think you were getting away with something by saving $150 a year while using your friend’s HBO Go login instead of subscribing to HBO yourself? As it turns out, HBO not only doesn’t mind that you’re using someone else’s login to stream its pay TV content for free… it wants you to. In fact, according to the company’s chief executive, account sharing is a “terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers.” More →

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‘Walking Dead’ game developers plan ‘Game of Thrones’ series

By on December 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

‘Walking Dead’ game developers plan ‘Game of Thrones’ series

Telltale Games, the maker of the TV show-based “The Walking Dead” video game, has confirmed that it’s working with HBO to launch a “Game of Thrones” series of games starting in 2014, Polygon reports. “We’ll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great,” Telltale Games CEO Dan Conners said.” We’re just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters – who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world.” More →

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Time Warner Cable HBO Offer

A Christmas Miracle: Time Warner Cable intros cheap HBO package

By on December 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

A Christmas Miracle: Time Warner Cable intros cheap HBO package

It looks like the cord-cutting phenomenon is finally getting big cable companies’ attention. Variety reports that Time Warner Cable “is now marketing a low-cost bundle that includes a limited bunch of TV channels and HBO” that is “aimed at ‘cord nevers’ and others who aren’t interested in paying for a typical lineup of cable channels.” The new package, dubbed “Starter TV with HBO,” will be priced at $29.99 per month for the first year and “does not include a set-top box fees or other charges.” More →

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HBO Netflix European Launch Analysis

Netflix is crushing HBO in Europe

By on November 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM.

Netflix is crushing HBO in Europe

The Netflix-HBO rivalry has recently gone global as both of the content giants have targeted some northern European countries for international expansion. New numbers out of Sweden show just how comprehensively Netflix is hammering HBO in the early innings. Swedish research firm MMS has published its most recent numbers for the September-October period showing that Netflix reaches an estimated 308,000 daily viewers while HBO Nordic captures a paltry 17,000 daily viewers. More →

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Time Warner Cable CEO HBO Piracy

Time Warner, Inc. CEO admits Game of Thrones piracy is good for HBO

By on August 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

Time Warner, Inc. CEO admits Game of Thrones piracy is good for HBO

As the producer of the world’s most pirated television show, you might think that HBO would be very eager to crack down on illegal streaming of Game of Thrones. However, the company has been surprisingly sanguine about all the BitTorrent users around the world who illegally watch its hit show every week. Now Business Insider reports that Time Warner, Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes said recently that Game of Thrones piracy is a net positive for HBO because it creates more word-of-mouth excitement and it gives HBO more new subscribers than it takes away. More →

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Chromecast HBO Go Support

Chromecast users could soon get access to HBO GO

By on July 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

Chromecast users could soon get access to HBO GO

Happy news for everyone who picked up a Chromecast dongle last week: You could soon use it to stream HBO GO on your television. GIgaOM reports that HBO is in ongoing talks to “bring the cable network’s online offering to Chromecast,” although there’s no timetable for when HBO GO will be available for Google’s new device that lets you stream content from Android, iOS and Chrome from your smartphone, tablet or computer directly to your television. Chromecast already supports mobile apps such as Pandora, Google Music, YouTube and Netflix, so it’s not surprising that it’s working to bring HBO GO on board as well. GigaOM also says that both Vimeo and Redbox Instant will also soon support Chromecast.

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