Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
HBO Go app Launches on PlayStation 4, But Not on Comcast – Sony Playstation 4 owners rejoiced earlier this week when HBO Go, the popular streaming service from the premium TV network finally became available as an app on their game consoles. But when some Playstation owners went to use the app, they found themselves out of luck. That’s because Comcast does not offer authentication for HBO Go on the Playstation 4, Gizmodo reported Thursday. Subscribers to other major TV providers, including AT&T,Charter, Cox, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, can sign up without issue. Comcast customers are not happy about it. Many have taken to Twitter to voice their complaints, and a petition has even emerged on Change.org asking the cable giant to “Support HBO Go on Sony Playstation 4.”
HBO Reportedly in Talks with Apple on Video Streaming Service – HBO is in talks with Apple to be its launch partner for its highly anticipated “HBO Now” video streaming service, according to a report in Wednesday’s International Business Times. The online service is expected to launch next month, timed to the season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” according to the report, which cited sources familiar with the matter. The service’s retail price is expected to be $15 a month.
HBO Web Service to Debut on Apple Devices – HBO said its stand-alone online service will debut next month with Apple as an exclusive partner, bypassing traditional cable packages. The Web-streaming service – known as HBO Now – is $14.99 a month and will be available April 12. HBO Now will be available exclusively on Apple TV, iPhones and iPads for three months. By offering the premium channel outside the cable bundle, HBO could prompt more consumers to cut the cord and threaten the TV ecosystem. The move pits HBO directly against online streaming service Netflix, which has more than 57 million subscribers worldwide.
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