HBO Go coming to consoles

HBO's on-demand service, HBO Go, is heading to a video game console, according to remarks by Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.

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HBO's on-demand service, HBO Go, is heading to a video game console. Gigaom reports that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes promised an expansion of HBO's "TV Everywhere" service, saying it would "soon be available not just to web browsers and mobile devices, but on connected TVs and video game consoles."

Specifics weren't detailed, but the service will likely have the same content and restrictions as its popular HBO Go app for iOS and Android.

HBO Go offers on-demand access to HBO's original programming, including True Blood and Game of Thrones, and select movies and specials. The service is provided as a free extension for paying HBO subscribers, but is only available through "participating television providers."

While console partners haven't been announced, the two likeliest candidates are Microsoft and Sony. Sony already has a working relationship with HBO, with PSP and PS3 being the first platforms to offer HBO content to download via the PlayStation Store. Microsoft, on the other hand, has expressed interest in expanding the Xbox 360's non-gaming media functionality, and promised TV partnerships at E3.

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    August 3, 2011 10:15 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, HBO Go coming to consoles.

    HBO's on-demand service, HBO Go, is heading to a video game console, according to remarks by Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.

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      August 3, 2011 10:20 AM

      Isn't HBO Go not even available to subscribers through time warner cable in any fashion?

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        August 3, 2011 10:27 AM

        Annoyingly, Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are two separate and distinct companies. Time Warner Cable subscribers still do not have access to HBO Go.

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          August 3, 2011 10:39 AM

          You would think that when TWC spun off, they wouldn't be given the rights to keep the Time Warner name. It's such a confusing mess.

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      August 3, 2011 10:28 AM

      Thank god, I hate having to hook my laptop up to my television.

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      August 3, 2011 10:33 AM

      I'm confused.

      You have to subscribe to HBO to get HBO GO.

      If you've subscribed to HBO then you have a cable box and that's how you're watching it on your TV.

      Your game console is hooked up to your TV. Your TV that already gets HBO.

      So why are they doing this?

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        August 3, 2011 10:36 AM

        Maybe its a move to allow console/device subscriptions without the cable connection in the future? One could only hope. Although its an annoying way to get the TV you want, doing the Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo multiple subscription approach is kind of like a la carte. I'm trying to be glass half full though, I don't expect this multiple device, multiple subscription, multiple DRM hydra to actually work out in the consumer's favor.

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        August 3, 2011 10:37 AM

        if you want to watch a replay of something provided by HBO GO on your TV?

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          August 3, 2011 10:41 AM

          OK, that makes sense. I hadn't thought of that angle. I just freeze framed on the part where to watch HBO GO stuff you have to be paying for HBO already. I wish they'd just let you subscribe to HBO GO directly.

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            August 3, 2011 12:40 PM

            I'm sure HBO is looking into that. They'll probably make that option available when the revenue generated from people willing to subscribe offsets the repercussions of pissing off the cableTV providers.

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        August 3, 2011 10:39 AM

        its an on demand service, im not sure if HBO has on demand normally (it might though, never pay for HBO myself)

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        August 3, 2011 10:40 AM

        Hi, Schnapple.

        I have a TV that is not connected to one of the two cable boxes. I use it to game and for Netflix+computer streaming, so HBOtoGo on my PS3 would be awesome!

        (Though the quality is ass compared to the 1080p recordings I do).

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        August 3, 2011 1:07 PM

        Hbo go has EVERY HBO show full seasons to watch on demand

        as a subscriber to HBO if i want to watch Deadwood lets say, the ON DEMAND HBO channel does not have every episode for on demand, it only has 5 at a time (currently season 3 1-5) but with HBO go i could watch from season 1 till done. That is the major difference.

        some shows dont even have an ON DEMAND choice, where on HBO go you can find it.

        so now if i have HBO go on xbox, i can watch deadwood on my tv, then switch over to my cable box and watch th new Curb your enthusiasm, while then switching back to HBO go and watching the old ones i missed (since hbo on demand only shows the newest/recent curb's right now)

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          August 3, 2011 1:15 PM

          well ok not EVERY show, but a fuckton.

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          August 3, 2011 3:13 PM

          Even Game of Thrones was removed from comcast's HBO on demand quickly, and it's a super new show.

          Would be surprising if they didn't have their own HBO Go thing.

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      August 3, 2011 10:33 AM

      I'm not sure what the point for this is. You need an HBO cable subscription to get HBO go, which means you already have a cable box hooked up to your television that has on-demand services. So this is a redundant offering.

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        August 3, 2011 10:37 AM

        It's not a redundant offering. HBO Go offers every episode of past series that they don't currently show on HBO, and also offers new episodes of shows online so you don't have to watch or dvr a show when it airs.

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          August 3, 2011 10:39 AM

          I get that already from on-demand although the interface could be nicer.

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            August 3, 2011 10:44 AM

            Does HBO's on demand have 600 hours of content? I also have a few tvs in my house that aren't hooked up to a cable box so this would be a way to watch those shows in other rooms.

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            August 3, 2011 10:57 AM

            My FIOS On Demand does not have anywhere close to that much HBO content.

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            August 3, 2011 11:01 AM

            HBO Go has every episode of every season of every series. I don't think on demand has that.

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            August 3, 2011 11:11 AM

            Definitely don't get anywhere near the selection on demand. HBO Go has every single episode of every HBO series ever.

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              August 3, 2011 11:48 AM

              Not true. They are missing big chunks of some series and there are some shows (Dream On) that are absent altogether.

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                August 3, 2011 12:39 PM

                Shit, you're right. Hopefully they will add the older stuff like Mr. Show eventually

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                August 3, 2011 12:41 PM

                True, but it's leaps and bounds better than whatever is currently being offered for the month through on-demand.

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              August 3, 2011 12:34 PM

              I'm told the really old stuff like Brothers and Dream On aren't there :(

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                August 3, 2011 12:35 PM

                I'm upset that they don't have the America Undercover specials. I always enjoyed the autopsy mysteries and shit like that.

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            August 3, 2011 11:50 AM

            I don't have on-demand at all (I use cable cards in a TiVo Series 3) so this is awesome news.

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        August 3, 2011 10:59 AM

        There is no free HBO On Demand content on our DirecTV even though we have HBO.

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      August 3, 2011 10:34 AM

      If only it would work for me on ANY platform. Piece of shit.

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      August 3, 2011 10:52 AM

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      August 3, 2011 10:55 AM

      How many years will it be until the cable companies leverage over HBO and similar stations will be diminished enough that they can offer direct subscriptions online? I need to know!!!

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      August 3, 2011 11:03 AM

      That's interesting. They intentionally crippled the HBO Go iPad app by not allowing AirPlay, presumably because they didn't want users to be able to stream the video to their TVs.

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      August 3, 2011 11:04 AM

      For fuck sakes just make it so I can get the channels I want without fluff or nonsensical packages.

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      August 3, 2011 11:27 AM

      weird. maybe they're looking at making an HBO Go streaming subscription. that would be awesome for those of us that got rid of cable.

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      August 3, 2011 11:58 AM

      HBO: please let me subscribe to Go without having cable. I will gladly pay you a fair price per month for access to all of your original programming.

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        August 3, 2011 12:05 PM

        No, shutup and take your two and a half men 24/7 channel and enjoy it - cable companies

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        August 3, 2011 12:27 PM

        fucking signed

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        August 3, 2011 12:36 PM

        Please. Add HBO Go to Apple TV and let me pay $10 or $15 a month.

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        August 3, 2011 12:43 PM

        I am going to guess that there are deals in place that prevent this from happening right now.

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        August 3, 2011 3:07 PM

        Cable companies will raise the prices of Internet services if HBO were available streaming for anyone who wanted to pay.

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      August 3, 2011 12:59 PM

      what i don't get is that Time Warner offers HBO go as a service, but doesn't ofer Time Warner Cable subscribers HBO go, drives me insane!

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        August 3, 2011 1:03 PM

        Two different companies.

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          August 3, 2011 1:12 PM

          Yeah i went back and read that up top, still kind of crappy that companies with the same base name can't work together, haha.

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