Netflix's recent return to profits must have made CEO Reed Hastings a wee bit giddy; buried deep in the company's new earnings report was a paragraph that teased the possibility of a Netflix-HBO partnership. Will we someday be able to stream
Game of Thrones
? In a word: no. After the press circulated the speculation yesterday, HBO promptly released a statement squashing the rumor with extreme prejudice.
"We are not in discussions and have no plans to work with Netflix,"
Reuters reports HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson as saying
. Ouch. So there you have it, cord-cutters; don't get your hopes up for on-demand
anytime soon -- at least if you don't have HBO Go. And since you need an HBO subscription to access HBO Go, you wouldn't be a cord cutter if you had it.
HBO's quibbles with Netflix are nothing new, and it isn't limited to streaming video. Earlier this year, HBO stopped giving Netflix a wholesale discount for DVDs of its shows, but only after
Hastings publicly identified the premium movie station as Netflix's biggest rival