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New report reveals when HBO’s cable-killing streaming service is set to launch

Updated Dec 9th, 2014 1:53PM EST
HBO Online Streaming Service Launch Date

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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.

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Unfortunately, the report doesn’t yet reveal the pricing structure for the service, which is something that remains a huge mystery.

Fortune also reports that “HBO will license the technology underpinning the standalone streaming service it plans to offer in 2015” after the company “killed a project called ‘Maui’ that would build the new streaming service in-house.” Instead, building the streaming service will be outsourced to MLB Advanced, which Fortune notes “already provides white-label streaming technology for clients like WWE Network.”

HBO made its streaming service announcement this past fall 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.

To get more details on HBO’s cable-killing streaming service, be sure to check out Fortune’s full report at the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.