HBO Soundly Rejects "" Plea To Allow Non-Subscribers To Stream Their Shows

Game Of Thrones' Peter Dinklage

With the massive success of Game Of Thrones (and the rapid rise of HBO's cable subscriber only streaming service HBOGo), a huge chorus of fans of shows like Thrones and True Blood have recently been bombarding the premium cable giant with requests for some way to watch their shows online without being a cable based HBO subscriber. Every year since the use of streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu became wide spread, more and more people are "cutting the cord" and ditching the massive expense of cable TV service, in favor of using the internet to satiate their TV show fix.

Now, as I'm sure a commenter would probably have pointed out, the internet already holds many avenues of questionable legality on which people can access the latest TV episodes (laws on that sort of thing are different in every country). For the purposes of this article though, we're focusing on the large group of people who would prefer to legally experience their entertainment.

With that (disclaimer?) out of the way, a website with the attention grabbing name of hit the web on Tuesday night, and has already garnered tons of press. The site was created by a man named Jake Caputo, and implores HBO to offer non cable subscribers a legal way to stream the network's latest original series. Caputo openly admits to past pirating of HBO's shows, and borrowing friends' login passwords for HBOGo, but would like nothing more than to be able to pay a monthly fee for legal online access. Visitors to the website are invited to type in a dollar amount that they would be comfortable paying per month for HBO streaming, and each number is then tweeted directly to the official HBOGo twitter account.

HBO has since responded to the website via Twitter - "Love the love for HBO. Keep it up. For now, @RyanLawler @TechCrunch has it right.” The aforementioned TechCrunch posting features the author coming to the conclusion that any new revenue generated from an online offering wouldn't come close to matching the losses HBO would suffer in canceled cable subscriptions. If HBO agrees with this stance, then it's obvious that it has no plans to expand HBOGo to non cable customers anytime in the foreseeable future.

Do you think HBO should offer its content to non cable subscribers, or do you agree that it would cripple their business model?


Note: To the commenter below, I looked into what you said, and it unfortunately appears that you still need to be an HBO cable subscriber to use the XBOX service.

- Game of Thrones

Written by: msd85
Jun 8th, 2012, 4:57 am


Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2012, 3:29 am
Here in Oz I don't want to buy subscriptions to Showcase (I think they offer things like Spartacus, Game of Thrones), way too expensive, get locked in for at least twelve months I guess, and then most of the programming is crap. I'm quite selective in what and when I watch stuff. I guess if I could pay a few bucks per episode of Game of Thrones with my Visa - easy peasy - I guess that would be kind of fair. I don't like pirating - not only do I fear a knock on the door at 2am, I also feel that we need to give incentive to the companies that produce outstanding stuff for us. Game of Thrones has been one (if not) the most stunning things produced in memory. There has to be a better way to get the product to the end user like myself. Here in Australia we already get ripped off for our home phone lines and ISP services. It's all a bit mental. Then again, I'm just a dude who sits in his room surfin' the web to pass the time. Yes, I live in the Tower of the Undying......

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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2012, 1:44 am

Torrent is best. cable or no-cable. :)


Message Posted On Jun 10th, 2012, 6:54 pm
SCREW X-BOX AND THEIR $9.99 MONTHLY FEE FOR JUST OPERATING ONLINE.There is no reason to stop pirating HBO shows until they all lower their ridiculous prices. The x-box"solution" is not a solution or an option for the average income Joe.

Message Posted On Jun 9th, 2012, 11:09 pm
HBO, et al, had better get on the band wagon and embrace online service because it may well be the only thing left in years to come.

Message Posted On Jun 9th, 2012, 9:10 pm
@Anonymous, no, like with most things on the xbox you'll have to triple pay, once for your internet connection, once for each subscription service you want and finally the 360 tax to ms for the privilege of using your console online. you could however buy a cheap android tablet with hdmi out for about the cost of 2 years xbox live and then stream the xbox live available content and a whole lot more either for free or with a single subscription (plus your normal internet connection) for each service you wanted. if you want to game then every other mainstream home or portable console allow you to play online for free (or use your pc)

Message Posted On Jun 9th, 2012, 2:48 am
People willing to give them money and not watch torrents for free. HBO secretly support torrents.

Message Posted On Jun 8th, 2012, 8:35 am
this will be available on x box live in the us in a few months with only your live subscription I believe...
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