With Netflix garnering the lion’s share of headlines these days, it’s easy to forget that HBO’s own streaming services are equally compelling and addictive. Bolstered by an extensive selection of movies and an incredibly vibrant library of original programming, the content available to HBO subscribers is arguably a tad richer than what’s available elsewhere.
Cable companies have yet to figure out how to stop losing customers every quarter. More and more people are cutting the cord, especially young tech-savvy individuals who know how to ditch that $100 monthly cable bill without actually using access to any of their favorite TV shows.
If you love watching TV but are afraid of missing your favorite shows after discontinuing your cable subscription, you should know that there are ways to replace your cable with a smart combination of streaming services that will save you hundreds of dollars each year. More →
Streaming services are wildly popular right now, taking advantage of our insatiable need for entertainment. Music, movies and TV shows are available from a variety of companies, further encouraging cord-cutters to ditch their cable subscriptions. Sites like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon and others offers access to countless hours of content, though there’s one major roadblock for many users: all these streaming services are blocked in areas of the world outside the U.S. Geo-blocking, however, can be circumvented through the use of VPN services that allow you to appear as though you’re actually in the U.S. on a computer that is actually outside of America.
One company that seems to stand out from the various VPN providers available to users is Getflix, a service that will give you access to Netflix and other U.S.-based streaming sites you might want to access while traveling (or if you’re a foreign customer). More →
If you are already paying for HBO through your cable provider, then you should have no problem watching HBO Go on your device of choice at home, right? Right… unless you’re a Comcast subscriber. The Verge’s Chris Welch points out that PS4 owners who also subscribe to HBO through Comcast still aren’t able to access the app on their devices even though it released to the console earlier this week. More →
Now that we reportedly have pricing information on HBO’s upcoming standalone streaming service, we figured it would be a good time to run through all the major options cord cutters will have this year for watching their favorite shows without subscribing to a cable bundle. Below you’ll find pricing information for each service along with a description of what each one delivers. More →
Comcast is one of the largest pay TV providers in America. And as subscribers know all too well, it’s also one of the slowest when it comes to adopting many of the value-added services that other pay TV subscribers get to enjoy. While the wait for Comcast to come around can often be painful for customers, a bit of good news came late Monday night when it was revealed that HBO Go and Showtime Anytime streaming will finally be made available to Comcast customers who own Roku devices. More →
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.
HBO might want to call up Netflix to get some tips for how to deal with heavy streaming demand for incredibly popular television series. It seems that HBO Go, the video streaming service available to HBO subscribers, crashed on Sunday night amid huge demand for the premiere of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. HBO acknowledged the problem shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday and said that HBO subscribers should check to see whether the show would be available through HBO On Demand on their cable service. HBO also reminded frustrated viewers that they could catch a repeat of the episode at 11:00 p.m. on HBO proper. It’s somewhat surprising that HBO has seemingly underestimated demand for the Game of Thrones premiere, especially since the show is the single most-pirated television show in the world and since HBO itself has encouraged HBO subscribers to share their HBO Go account log-ins with their cord-cutting friends who don’t subscribe to the channel.
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.
It’s a generation behind, but it’s finally arrived. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the HBO Go app will be available to PlayStation 3 owners starting on Tuesday. In January, HBO announced that the app would finally be coming to the PS3, nearly two years after it hit the Xbox 360. The team is currently working to bring HBO Go to the new consoles, although there is no release date for the app on either the PS4 or Xbox One yet. More →