HBO preps for day it will offer direct streaming service

HBO (TWX) CEO Richard Pleper gave a yes and no answer to a question at a media confab on whether the business was planning to create a standalone online version of its network that would be available directly to consumers through mobile and Internet-connected devices.

The exec says HBO doesn't have concrete plans to launch the service, but it will invest to make sure it can offer the product in the event the market pivots.

Most media analysts see HBO making the direct-to-consumer move if Netflix gets itself inside the cable box as part of a subscription option.

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  • Rubenov
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    The market has "pivoted" a long time ago what the heck is he waiting for!!
    17 Jan 2014, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • thehash
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    LOL i dont understand why hbo doesn't just stream online for the 9.99 service and screw the cable providers.
    17 Jan 2014, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    I agree. Pieper isn't exactly showing futuristic vision, is he? LOL


    I'm not an HBO subscriber because I just don't have room in my life for more TV. However, if I could pay for episodes of shows that I wanted to watch on say and a-la-carte basis, that would be something I'd be interested in getting. In my opinion, networks like HBO and Showtime have left a TON of money on the table by not providing this service.
    17 Jan 2014, 05:21 PM Reply Like
  • D.B. Kim
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    HBO is so baby boomer thinking...
    17 Jan 2014, 10:52 PM Reply Like
  • Darren McCammon
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    Its all about negotiations. HBO says cable you better not carry Netflix or we will stream. You better not take too much of the pie to deliver our content or we will stream.


    And at least in my case they are right. One of the main reasons I have DirectTV is for HBO. In effect I pay $100 a month so I can get it and the discovery channel. It's ridiculous but I still do it.
    17 Jan 2014, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • sarichter
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    If you can afford that and don't mind paying that amount for two channels, so be it. $100 a month for some of us is a large chunk of our take home. If HBO finally ponies up and streams for something in the $10 to $15 a month, I'd take it. Until then it's just movies online and Netflix. Cable/satellite TV is a crock of crap... no value at all.
    17 Jan 2014, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Krieger
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    this can't be good news for NFLX
    17 Jan 2014, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • James Sands
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    It's a bluff, HBO and ESPN do not want anything to change. And there are still way too many TVs to justify it. Heck Mexico is producing TVs like crazy. The major media companies are not going to let the consumer dictate billions of revenue, when has this every occurred.....
    17 Jan 2014, 05:55 PM Reply Like
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