HBO coming free from cable

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jdblas69, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Your title is misleading...

    Nothing in the article says it'll be free. In fact, they talk about "growing" and how it's a potential for a huge revenue stream.
  3. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    Might have been better to say "breaking free from cable" but I wouldn't say the title is misleading.
  4. ajguckian macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2012
    Hudson Valley
    I saw it as freeing itself from the cable companies as well. Pretty happy about this turn of events, and I'm very willing to pay more for the service than what cable charged to access HBO. Pretty sure that's the way they'll go, as it gives people who do pay for cable a cheaper way to gain access, and it will appease the cable companies who take a portion of that. HBO loses a lot of money if the major cable providers decide that they won't offer HBO anymore.
  5. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Hopefully this is coming to the UK. Sky has an exclusive on a number of HBO shows, including Game of Thrones. I haven't signed up to a satellite service just for that.
  6. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    It wasn’t misleading at all. :)

    This is GREAT news, my wife just sent me a message about it!
  7. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Mass celebration across the internet. Cord cutters practically screaming triumph. And yet, one key detail is not out yet. Can you guess it? Once it is revealed, I suspect the joy will turn to sorrow, paired with a bunch of "who needs HBO anyway?" and so on.

    I'll bet $34-$49/month if it's pretty similar to HBO Go... maybe as low as $29.99/month. Anybody who thinks it will be al-a-carte at about "normal" HBO monthly rates of about $12-$15 will probably only be right if this service is significantly de-toothed vs. HBO and/or HBO Go.
  8. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    I don't think it will be that expensive. But I'm expecting it to land somewhere in between $15-20.

    Everyone is expecting Netflix-pricing and I just want to laugh at them.
  9. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Well, HBO does currently offer their content without cable in Netherlands I believe....

    Anyways if we want to get an idea of the pricing, we can look there.

    Funny you mentioned Netflix. Netflix's goal when they started offering original content, was to 'become HBO before they become us.'
  10. Navdakilla macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    Now all I need is espn, or sports on demand and I'll cut the cable.
  11. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I agree. I believe it will be [exactly] HBOGO for < $20. That’s a little more than HBO as bundled through most cable/sat providers and it’s _only_ GO services which means limited movies and sporting events vs. cable based HBO (with or without GO), but most series including GOT :)
  12. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    I hope this is a trend! I have dumped cable and have internet only, but would certainly go for this.
  13. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    I pay $18 per month

    I am currently paying $18 per month. I was paying $9 for 12 months. I am with Verizon FIOS. I would be extremely surprised if it is < $19.95. If so, then a lot of people may simply drop the subscription they are paying the CABLE Operator which could be a problem for HBO. I would hope the service would be the same as HBOGO that I have on my AppleTV. Also, I wonder if they will limit simultaneous streams like Netflix (I have 2). Keep in mind if a lot of people start streaming then the CABLE company may start capping more which could be a serious problem.
  14. Cobster macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
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  15. flux73, Oct 15, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2014

    flux73 macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2009
    Now if ESPN announces a cable-less subscription, we can start the death countdown for cable TV. When online TV watchers outnumber cable TV, the major sports will all make the move to online. They'd actually be better off cutting out the middle men cable companies.
  16. Suture macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2007
    I have DirecTV, but mainly for watching the NFL and HBO. This is definitely interesting to me as I've been considering dumping my TV provider and going to watch games at a sports bar with friends. Interested in seeing what the price would be.

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