HBO has given people who listen forlornly to their friends talking about new episodes of Girls or Boardwalk Empire the barest of hopeful tidbits to snack on: HBO Go “maybe,” “could” be bundled as a service from broadband providers, in place of or addition to cable provider partnerships. Reuters reports that HBO has yet to work out the numbers, but to us the company sounds about 40 percent sure that it’s certain that this could, indeed, happen. HBO shows are highly inaccessible given the digital age we live in. Game of Thrones in particular suffers from a high rate of piracy, which some indignant viewers and lookers-on attribute to the lack of availability of HBO’s programs. HBO does not participate in services like iTunes Season Pass or Hulu, and unless one subscribes to a full cable service package and pays an extra fee for HBO’s channels, the only other legitimate avenue to an HBO show is waiting for it to be released on DVD.
HBO Go Could Eventually Be Offered as a Standalone Service
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).