Well here it is folks: HBO will be offering a stand-alone streaming service starting in 2015. The writing has been on the wall for some time now, with rumors abounding of HBO mulling over the idea of de-coupling themselves from the dreaded cable package and offering a standalone streaming service. There’s no word on how much it’ll cost or if shows and movies will be able to be streamed as they air, or if there will be a Hulu-like delay for some content. If the latter is the case, expect torrents of Game of Thrones to explode across the internets like never before.
Sound too good to be true? Check out HBO’s press release below if you don’t believe me.
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October 15, 2014
HBO CHAIRMAN AND CEO RICHARD PLEPLER ANNOUNCES HBO TO OFFER A STAND-ALONE HBO STREAMING SERVICE IN 2015
Speaking at the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO, announced that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service in 2015. Following a portion of his presentation focused on HBO’s domestic business, during which he cited significant growth opportunities inside the pay-TV universe, Plepler then turned to the current ten million broadband-only homes, which is projected to grow.
Plepler then added:
“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.
“So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”