Kiss goodbye to cable: HBO to allow online subscriptions

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Kiss goodbye to cable, then kiss your cable provider straight on the lips when they circle around to the back door, charging you an arm and a leg to deliver your video subscriptions over the internet tubes they own…

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See, I’d probably jump at this if it became available in the UK. And that’s even though I already see most of the HBO shows I’m interested in. Basically, I’m sitting here waiting to pay them money.
It’s kind of insane that a handful of gatekeeper companies have seemingly convinced the world that consumers like me don’t exist, and that everyone is either a penny-pinching criminal or wants to pay a fortune for a big worthless spume of ad-encrusted crap.

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A promising start.

Good for you HBO, welcome to 2001.

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Just in time for Game of Thrones to be wrapping up!

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You are not alone. I’m more than happy to pay (a reasonable amount) for the content I want but refuse to pay for cable package deals that heap on a bunch of crap I don’t want.

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I’m probably going to kill my cable anyway, but it would be nice to have HBO I guess. There’s very little I don’t get from Amazon already, with their HBO back-catalog and pretty much every movie either available for free through Prime or for a fee of between $4-$6 for other movies. I’d spend far less if I just bought movies rather than paid for cable movies via subscription that I never watch.

The one thing that I think is still broken is the per-episode or per-season pricing for TV shows through services like Amazon. It’s crazy to pay $3 an episode. I think Amazon will be able to fix this with their “with/without special offers” model though. It sure is an interesting time to be a consumer of TV entertainment…

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$3 per episode - with no commercial interruption. It’s too much, but for the two shows I watch currently… it’s fine.

And I sort of hate Hulu. Even when you pay, you get served ads. NO NO NO I say! Bad model!!

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I don’t suppose this will have any effect, either way, on network neutrality.

If it really turns out to be $3 per episode, that makes GOT quite affordable to not pirate. I’m looking forward to seeing what they end up doing.

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My only problem with this (on the heels of my saying I’d love to see FX and AMC do this as well)…

I would honestly rather pay $50/month for Netflix and have access to everything, rather than $10 for Netflix plus $10 for HBO plus $10 for Amazon plus $10 for Hulu.

$2.50 for Doctor Who in HD gets me on Amazon.

It means more companies with a vested interest in countering the bribery efforts of ISPs with bribery efforts of their own.

Because I refuse to call it “lobbying”.

I’d get hopeful but can’t imagine this will be available to me here in Japan w/o some jumping through hoops.

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