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  • ymb_losers ymb_losers Mar 21, 2013 4:17 PM Flag

    Finally! A close right at the low of the day! On HBO Go to be offered as stand-alone!

    probably within months - for the many netflix subscribers who can no longer find anything to watch this is great news! Switch to HBO without having to pay for cable!

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    • I'm surprised that you are the only one commenting on the HBO news. All the bashers and shorts on this message board, and no one except you finds this news of any importance.

      I've seen countless posts trying to scare the longs with Redbox/Verizon and Hulu and Amazon Prime, but Reed said it best: "The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us."

      Netflix has been tremendously helped by HBO's timidity, Jeff Bewkes's unwillingness to tear asunder the empire HBO already has. If HBO is willing to be bold and jeopardize their relationship with cable/sat by accelerating a standalone streaming service, then Netflix will have a real battle on its hands. HBO is the king of the highest quality original content. Their library of serial drama, the most bingeworthy kind of drama, is second to none.

      I don't necessarily want to lend the bashers a hand, but HBO is the real threat but only if they embrace standalone streaming. Amazon Prime is second. Hulu, if they handle their internal conflicts, could be a threat. Redbox/Verizon is a very weak offering. You simply must offer bingeworthy serial TV shows, if you wish to compete with Netflix and Redbox/Verizon is a complete zero in that regard.

      If HBO follows through with standalone streaming, then Viacom/CBS/Showtime will have to respond.

      At this point, I think HBO will dawdle but they want to throw a scare into Netflix.

      • 2 Replies to t_e_n_k_a_y
      • I basically agree with you. Couple things ... At this point I don't think HBO would be jeopardizing their relationship with cable/sat. in offering HBO as stand alone, especially since cable can get a piece of the action on new HBO go subs. Cable/sat. has seen the writing on the wall for a while. 20 something's are not signing up and they're beginning to panic. They have to do something. And I don't think Bewkes will dawdle. He's been talking to the parties and has been crafting a deal. Why else would he mention it publicly now? You don't pull something like this from you-know-where. This is calculated.

      • The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us. --- How much money and how many years takes to become a HBO? Spin and twist master...

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