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HBO - Still the trailblazer in the 21st Century

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Jun 8, 2012 #1 of 11

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    If you don't subscribe to the HBO premium package you still need to be aware of what they are doing.

    Unlike NBCU, News Corp, Disney/ESPN/ABC, Rainbow Media, etc., they don't ask anyone to pay for their content unless they want it. Perhaps it's just because they were early in the cable game and chose the "premium-you-only-pay-for-it-if-you-want-it" model. But never let it be said that moss is growing on their building foundations.

    As noted in an article in a paidContent: The Economics of Digital Content article Why HBO is once again TV’s most relevant network:
    The difference between HBO and even it's sister Time Warner stations like TNT and CNN is that anyone who has cable or satellite can have HBO but no one who has cable or satellite is forced to pay for it - like a tax for some "greater good" - in order to watch other channels they want.

    And if you choose to pay a cable or satellite TV provider for the HBO channels, then you are entitled to its original content free on the internet on almost any platform. Welcome to a sustainable 21st Century economic model.
  2. Jun 8, 2012 #2 of 11

    jdskycaster Legend

    Sep 1, 2008
    Hopefully we continue to get closer and closer to the end of ad supported entertainment content across the board. It will be the future. Ad supported networks producing predominantly mediocre content that we still have to pay for is an outmoded form of content production and delivery.
  3. Jun 8, 2012 #3 of 11

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Hello Comcast, [strike]Directv[/strike] ...are you listening? :confused:
  4. Jun 8, 2012 #4 of 11

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I pretty much agree with the assessment of HBO and generally keep them and Showtime lit all the time. The combination of Boxing, great original series and the occasional movie make them something I value. And to a lesser extent, I also keep Max and Starz lit for shorter periods a couple times a year.

    The part that I don't like is that the cost of entry to even have the opportunity to subscribe to them is a bit on the high side. With just a couple DVRs and the lowest advertised package with D*, the bill comes in around $75 before you add the premiums. I'd love it if you could just subscribe to HBOGo and MaxGo independently, and hopefully Starz and Showtime could step up to that bar too. Then drop cable/sat completely.

    Plenty of ways to find most of the 'cable' type shows for more reasonable pricing.
  5. Jun 8, 2012 #5 of 11
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Doesn't DIRECTV already have HBOGO?
  6. Jun 8, 2012 #6 of 11

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Yup, and MaxGo.
  7. Jun 8, 2012 #7 of 11

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I think the issue is related to mutual survival - that HBO needs satellite and cable providers and they need it. What I think needs to happen in a restructuring of the cable and broadcast model. Right now if you go to the Time Warner owned sister stations TBS and TNT web sites, to watch current shows through the internet you have to sign in through your provider and get a screen like this:


    Those stations are not voluntary, but rather a part of a bottom tier package with most carriers - you're "taxed" to support them if you don't watch them. IMHO it's time the media companies survive on their own. Time Warner could offer The CW, TNT, TBS, CNN, TCM, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TruTV, CNN, and HLN as a package of advertising supported channels (you have to make it affordable for the working class family). Further they could do things like offer HBO subscribers elements of that channel package a la carte.

    Obviously, this is just tossing around ideas.
  8. Jun 8, 2012 #8 of 11

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I hadn't been to TNT or any of the other network sites for quite some time. Didn't know they had started doing that. :( There's another freebie that just disappeared, huh?

    That damages the old 'cut the cord' mantra that many are talking about a bit, doesn't it? I suspect we can expect more of this, not less. More and more internet video sites going to some sort of lock in, or charging for a subscription.
  9. Jun 8, 2012 #9 of 11

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    DIRECTV authorizes HBO-Go on the HBO-Go Android app, the DIRECTV Android phone app and on Xbox, but for some reason DIRECTV isn't authorizing HBO-Go on Roku.

    (I can't speak to what it authorizes on iPhone or iPad or iOS apps.)
  10. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    It's on both, as is MaxGo. But I might say it'd be as accurate to say that HBO authorizes content on those devices! In truth, they both have to agree....
  11. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    HBO has been in my house 29 years. I'd be lost without it.

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