Discuss: HBO Standalone Streaming Service

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October 16, 2014 at 17:43:37
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that HBO intends to bypass cable companies with a standalone streaming service. Discuss here if you think non-cable users will pay for an independent HBO service, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

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Justin


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#1
October 17, 2014 at 15:23:29
I don't know anything about the proposed HBO streaming service. That said, I DVR everything and watch nothing live. I do stream netflix for movies, which don't have commercials. There are 20 minutes or more of commercials every hour. Streaming I have tried has limits on bypassing commercials. Guess I'll have to see what exactly is being offered.

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#2
October 20, 2014 at 12:26:24
Considering that the market for streaming services/devices is already saturated, I don't think adding another will cause much of a ripple. Unless it offers something new that's totally different from the existing providers, or is offered as a package with some of their other content, I doubt it'll make it very far.

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#3
October 21, 2014 at 08:45:36
Oh Canada, goody, a bone I like picking. I think it is fantastic. I have long since abandoned TV for the non-stop ads, the internet may fall to this one day too. It used to be the airwaves were free, reception via antenna was dicey, but the advertising slots paid the cable companies, not the consumer. Then along came cable, no longer the free airwaves, and they of course run cables all over the place and charge each user for the service. Now of the 100% price you pay, there is also a more preferred customer of the cable man, Advertising man! Now Advertising Man he gets to put 40% advertising in my 100% so that every hour I watch includes around 40% to Adman. Then came Netflix, and I was excited, but it too was ruined for me and I quickly let go my subscription. You see here in Canada Copyright Man is King and the CRTC his partner. So even though I pay the same as my good friends south of the border in a place called the United States of America, we do not get the same service. Take Netflix, hollow out all the good movies, leave the "B" movies in, make the selection a meager pittance of what is available in the U.S. and that's Netflix Canada So I beg of you when I know my money is being used to increase the selection of good movies, but they aren't going to be available for me to watch ever...how can I support that??? So I says to Netflix man, what gives, how can this be, why wouldn't you want to offer up more and give the cable companies something to take note of and they tell me.....it's your government rules, the CRTC and Copyright laws.

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