Speaking in Los Angeles Thursday, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler staunchly resisted claims that his company's soon-to-launch, a la carte, over-the-top programming service would "cannibalize" HBO's existing premium cable business.
Despite efforts to make its content as available as possible--to viewing customers of course--on as many platforms as possible, HBO tops the list of cable networks whose content is consistently pirated.
Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.
AT&T has put its own spin on the ever-popular package bundle with a $39 offering that includes HBO and its mobile app HBO Go, 18 Mbps Internet access (24 Mbps for an additional $10 a month) and U-verse basic TV.
HBO got some good news and some bad news last night. The good news is that its "True Detective" series finale starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey was wildly successful. The bad news is that the episode's popularity overwhelmed its HBO GO TV Everywhere service, causing a firestorm on social media.
Ultraviolet, the digital rights locker backed by studios such as Warner Bros., NBCUniversal and Sony, ended 2015 with more than 15 million active accounts registered, Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday.
HBO doesn't yet plan to launch a standalone version of its premium cable network that would be available to subscribers using tablets and other IP-connected devices, but CEO Richard Pleper said Thursday that it is preparing for the option.
Time Warner Cable will soon announce the launch of its TWC TV application on a sixth IP video platform, COO Rob Marcus said Monday at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.
HBO said its HBO Go TV Everywhere app can now be accessed on Google's Chomecast device, which allows subscribers using Apple iOS or Android devices to mirror content from several applications they are viewing on a smartphone or tablet on an HDTV.
Comcast confirmed that it is testing a low-cost bundle of services that includes HBO, TV Everywhere service HBO Go, local broadcast channels and high-speed Internet access.