HBO On Netflix? Not A Chance, Says HBO

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Strangelove_424

I guess they'd rather have this end of the stick in their ass:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/game-of-thrones-pirated-most-downloaded-shows-torrent_n_1586117.html

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mrmessma

There will be a time when Netflix continues dominating and HBO fades into the woodwork like AOL.

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fry

Torrent the shows when they're airing, and then I buy the Blu-rays. Technically illegal, yes, but an honest way of paying for the production costs of the show while avoiding HBO's silly business model.

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froggz

HBO are idiots. Make a freaking deal with Netflix. At least you will get some money from people that would get game of thrones series no matter what. Right now the only the options are pay a stupid amount of money monthly for HBO, pay for a stupid amount for the DVD/Bluray or torrent for free.

No brainer.

Netflix is the Steam version of movies and tv shows.

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GregTL

To hell with HBO. There are ways to watch regardless of their attempts to prevent people from watching. Fucking gatekeepers.

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Jox

An interesting article that better explains the situation:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/06/3-very-simple-reasons-why-you-cant-get-hbo-go-exclusively/258209/

-Jox

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vrmlbasic

From the OP's link:
"If you're against bundling, philosophically, you shouldn't settle for freeing HBO Go from cable, because HBO itself is a bundling service."

How is HBO a "bundling service"?

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someuid

I don't have any comment on reasons #2 and #3 other than "silly short minded business people."

As for reason #1, that argument is plain stupid.

If you do a deal with Netflix, you don't have an infrastructure to build, no customer service teams to train, no delivery costs. You just sit down with the lawyer and the accountant, pick a number and write a contract, then hand the DVDs to Netflix and tell them to do all the technical work.

I'm also sure that for those who want HBO Go without Netflix, Netflix would be more than happy to provide all that stuff as a side business for a few extra pennies per customer. Once the other content owners see this one-stop shop agreement, they'll be all over themselves to get on board when they see all the extra revenue they're passing up for practically zero work.

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Hilarity

Just download it. Paying for entertainment? What an odd concept.

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Bean Bandit

He should have Face Palmed himself for that remark. I mean you can't even get HBO by itself unless thru a cable or sat. company. Maybe he was high cause his profits have gone back up.

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yu119995

That's ok HBO. I'll continue to use the other available streaming sources that you're also not working with. That'll change the day you stop forcing me to sign up with a cable provider that I don't want. Assholes.

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Ghok

As I understand it, HBO's business model doesn't really allow for it to make money like this. They count on their cable subscriptions. Of course, I think they should FIND a way, but as it is now, it's not in their best interest, despite a vocal group of people who would love to be able to watch new Game of Thrones episodes in a legit way.

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vrmlbasic

I just can't get behind HBO Go. I can't really get behind HBO anyhow. When I had HBO, it was almost always showing stuff that did not interest me. Sure, there was Game of Thrones, but that's one show per week. So I let the subscription lapse as I'm not getting anything out of it.

Due to the quirks of FiOS, I still have Showtime and all the other HBO-affiliated stations, just not HBO. I expected this, but I still find it incredibly lame that I have to subscribe to HBO specifically to stream HBO-specific content on HBO Go.

No matter how I look at it, HBO wants me to pay a premium for 1 show, and a show that was only 10 episodes long this past season at that. It's actually cheaper for me to buy the blu-rays.

"Not Gonna Do It, Wouldn't Be Prudent"

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NavarWynn

Well, I pay for Netflix, but not Cable - Sorry, GOT (and true Blood) just ain't good enough to put up w/ Comcast for.

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Mad Mort

The... Wire.

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Scatter

Well duh, HBO is owned by Time Warner, a cable company. Why would Time Warner want to help their competition?

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Recidivist

We can already stream Game Of Thrones.

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Scatter

Legally?

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aca20031

HBO has probably invested too much in HBO-Go for streaming to give it to Netflix. If they were smart, they would start considering a partnership before cable becomes completely obsolete.

No one's happy to hear the suggestion, but its possible they could charge extra through Netflix to have access to their "premium" shows, much like a cable subscription now. I admit that's a slippery slope leading to $60 Netflix subscriptions where you pay for every individual providers shows just like current cable channels.

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Supall

No, this is exactly what you want. Netflix customers pay a monthly fee for whatever they can stream. Adding the ability to say "Hey, for an extra $3 a month, you can get unlimited access to HBO." People will pay for that. This is what everyone wants - the ability to pick and choose exactly what you want instead of packages full of channels you never watch. You'll find that people are willing to pay an extra few dollars a month for specific channels.

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wolfing

I agree, except that it wouldn't be $3/month. The problem is, it's going to be at least what it costs for cable, which is like $10/month. Now the problem will be that the whole Netflix catalog would be $8/month while only the HBO channel would be more than that. The price is not so noticeable with cable/satellite because you're adding $10 to a much higher $70+ so it doesn't feel like that much.

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sundropdrinker3

How much of that $10-$15/month does HBO actually get though? Maybe half? The rest goes to the cable and dish companies. I can see them charging $8-$10/month, with Netflix or whoever getting maybe $2 of it.

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yu119995

Amen. A la carte is all I'm asking for.

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georgey

I guess HBO doesn't care about making money.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/9/3073610/game-of-thrones-most-pirated-show-season-2012

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Bean Bandit

Lol, Time Warner makes money.It's probably just cause there set in there ways and there fine with the way it is. No matter we have the Internet. =)

Besides even if they went A la carte you would still have people using torrents and getting shows from there but it would make it easier if they did.

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GregTL

Alright! You managed to use the word "there" three times in one sentence without even accidentally spelling it correctly!

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Captain_Steve

Aww; it's not Star Trek: Enterprise? Am I the only one recognizing the genius of Scott Bakula's performance?

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dakishimesan

You're not the only one! ST:E rocks my socks off.

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