HBO Online Piracy

HBO admits piracy is a ‘compliment’ that doesn’t hurt sales

By on April 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

HBO admits piracy is a ‘compliment’ that doesn’t hurt sales

While some companies are looking to end piracy across the entertainment industry, one major player doesn’t think it’s quite the crisis it’s often made out to be. HBO’s hit show Games of Thrones is the most-pirated TV show on the Internet with more than 4 million illegal downloads per episode, however the company’s programming president Michael Lombardo believes piracy is a “compliment” to the show and has actually helped sales. In February, Game of Thrones season two was released to record-setting DVD sales, becoming the company’s biggest first-day home video release with sales of 241,000 units, an increase of 44% over season one, and sales of individual episodes reached 355,000, up 112% from season one. More →

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HBO may expand HBO GO offering to non-cable subscribers

By on March 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM.

HBO may expand HBO GO offering to non-cable subscribers

Cord-cutters rejoice: HBO’s chief executive Richard Plepler this week indicated that the company may expand its offering of HBO GO to non-cable subscribers. The executive revealed to Reuters that in the future it may team up with Internet providers to offer the popular streaming service to customers. More →

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HBO A La Carte Programming

HBO exec: Don’t expect a la carte programming any time soon

By on February 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

HBO exec: Don’t expect a la carte programming any time soon

HBO excited subscribers on Tuesday when it announced during the D: Dive Into Media conference that its HBO GO and MAX GO iOS apps were updated with AirPlay support. The news meant iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users could finally stream content from their devices to Apple TV boxes connected to a television set. Following the announcement, AllThingsD pressed further to determine if the news meant that we might soon see true Apple TV support, or even an a la carte programming option. More →

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HBO Go app updated to support Ice Cream Sandwich tablets

By on July 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

HBO Go app updated to support Ice Cream Sandwich tablets

HBO Go Android 4.0 ICS

HBO on Monday updated its popular content streaming app to support tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. HBO GO allows HBO subscribers with select cable providers to stream HBO content such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Sopranos and a wide range of movies to their mobile devices. The application was previously available for Android 4.0-powered handsets, although tablets were suspiciously left unsupported until HBO last month updated the app with support for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The latest update, however, does not include support for Google’s upcoming Nexus 7 tablet — the first device to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. More →

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HBO GO now available for Amazon Kindle Fire

By on June 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM.

HBO GO now available for Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire HBO GO

HBO on Wednesday announced that its popular video streaming app HBO GO has launched for the Amazon Kindle Fire. Available immediately as a free download for Amazon’s tablet in the Amazon Appstore, HBO GO allows HBO subscribers with service through certain cable providers to stream HBO content such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Sopranos and a variety of movies to their mobile devices. “We are thrilled to offer HBO GO to the growing community of millions of Kindle Fire owners,” said Aaron Rubenson, director of the Amazon Appstore. “The HBO GO app will offer instant access to HBO’s incredible lineup of shows. Kindle Fire owners already download and use apps and games frequently on their devices, and we expect that only to increase with the addition of HBO GO and all of its popular content.” HBO’s full press release follows below. More →

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Xbox Live update delivers Comcast’s VOD service, HBO Go and MLB.TV

By on March 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM.

Xbox Live update delivers Comcast’s VOD service, HBO Go and MLB.TV

Microsoft has begun to roll out an update for its Xbox Live service that includes new on-demand content from Comcast, along with apps from HBO and MLB, GigaOM reported on Monday. The launch these services will give users the ability to search through a wide range of content directly from their game console. In October, Microsoft announced a number of new content partners that would deliver movies, television shows and other content to its popular Xbox 360 game console. The system had already received updates that included apps from Verizon, Epix, Vevo, Vudu and YouTube. The launch of HBO Go comes as little surprise. In February, the company’s co-president Eric Kessler told reporters that the Xbox HBO Go app would go live on April 1st, in time for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Microsoft fans noted that the company always releases updates on Tuesdays, however, and it was unlikely for HBO to roll out an update the day of the premiere to avoid download complications. More →

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Roku announces $50 Roku LT player, streaming partnership with HBO GO

By on October 12, 2011 at 2:00 AM.

Roku announces $50 Roku LT player, streaming partnership with HBO GO

Roku on Tuesday announced a new $50 Roku LT player, the latest member of the company’s family of streaming media devices. The Roku LT supports 720p HD video, has built-in Wi-Fi, and provides access to 300 channels including Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, EPIX, Disney, Crackle, Hulu Plus and Netflix. “Our goal is a Roku in every home,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood said. “The Roku LT opens up streaming to more people by lowering the cost of entry in these difficult economic times. With a $49 price and selection of more than 300 channels we expect the Roku LT will be everyone’s favorite Holiday device.” Additionally, Roku announced a new HBO GO partnership that provides on-demand access to 1,400 HBO movies and TV shows. Users must already subscribe to HBO through their cable provider in order to take advantage of this feature, however. The Roku LT will be available in early November from Roku’s website, Amazon and retail stores. Read on for the full press release. More →

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HBO Go for iOS and Android surpasses 1 million downloads

By on May 11, 2011 at 4:30 AM.

HBO Go for iOS and Android surpasses 1 million downloads

During the Streaming Media East 2011 press event in New York City this morning, HBO’s co-president Eric Kessler said that the network’s HBO Go mobile application has been downloaded more than 1 million times in just one week. The app launched late last month for iOS and Android devices. HBO Go provides access — via Wi-Fi or 3G — to more than 1,400 titles including popular HBO shows such as True Blood, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire, and more. It’s available in the Android Market and iTunes App Store now if you’re looking for your fill of Larry David on the bus ride home today.

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HBO Go now available for iOS, brings over 1,400 shows with it

By on April 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM.

HBO Go now available for iOS, brings over 1,400 shows with it

HBO has finally released their much-awaited HBO Go iOS app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app gives HBO subscribers free access to over 1,400 shows in addition to many sports event and full-length films. What’s great is that the app offers up all of HBO’s quality programming — True Blood, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire, and more — and the app streams over 3G in addition to Wi-Fi. It’s available now in the App Store if you want to get your Nucky Thompson on. More →

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