Why You'll Never See HBO Content on Netflix

December 1, 2011 -

If you are expecting to see HBO's original programming on Netflix anytime soon, you can just forget about that. HBO Co-President Eric Kessler told a gathering of industry executives in New York City that there was "no chance" his company will make its shows available to digital non-subscribers. The industry calls these people "cord cutters," - people who have shifted from cable TV to streaming online services like Netflix.

In fact, HBO sees companies such as Hulu and Netflix as its competition and it sees its original programming as its core revenue stream because it attracts people willing to pay a subscription fee. Then there the simple fact that HBO has its own free service available on smart phones, the web, and more - HBO Go. So the sad truth is that shows like Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Luck, and more will continue to only be available to HBO subscribers.

Luckily Showtime has a different revenue model that focuses on some licensing.

The biggest hurdle HBO faces when it comes to getting users to fall in love with HBO Go is cable operators such as Time Warner, who currently don't allow access to it.

At least Verizon’s FiOS TV and broadband service customers with an Xbox Live subscription will soon be able to watch HBO (as well as 25 other premium channels) via Xbox Live... 

Source: Paid Content


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Re: Why You'll Never See HBO Content on Netflix

While HBO is complaining and throwing their tantrum, I'll go back to watching Penn and Teller's Bullshit and a number of other great shows.

Insulting a potential customer is no way to get them to come to you. You have to come get us instead.

Re: Why You'll Never See HBO Content on Netflix

Yeah HBO is basically digging their own grave while also throwing their toys out of the crib and crying about it.

This is the point where I have ZERO sympathy for you HBO. Grow up and embrace you customers viewing desires.

Re: Why You'll Never See HBO Content on Netflix

I like the idea of purchasing my own channels rather then having a bundled TV channel setup thats overpriced for channels I don't watch like BET. Or the Baptist channel here in Chicago with Baptists hitting themselves in the head with the holy ghost power and them falling down....

Re: Why You'll Never See HBO Content on Netflix

HBO is pretty much an irrelevant service anyhow.  Why pay a premium for one or two good shows?  There are plenty of good shows on other channels which are either included in my cable bundle or licensed on Netflix.

Re: Why You'll Never See HBO Content on Netflix

mmm.. digging their own graves....

Seriously, customers hate this whole coupling between producer and provider.  Exclusive deals are great for executives and their pissing contests... but consumers do not exactly enjoy being pawns in their little game to feel like a stallion in bed that night.

If HBO does not change its tune, expect it to slowly be eroded by piracy...

 
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Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
Mattsworknameimproperly. Neither is good, but one is on the edge of censorship to me, while the other is demanding some level of accountability from public media provider. but thats just my view point07/28/2015 - 8:36pm
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E. Zachary KnightMatt, So you feel confident enough to make the call that petitioning target to remove GTAV is "bullying and threatening" but not confident enough to make the call on Intel/Gamasutra. Finding it hard to take your gripes seriously.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAs for gamers holding media sites accountable? If you mean, how to respond to opinion pieces you disagree with, yes, there are tons of more appropriate means.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAgain, no one likes being lumped in with the bad apples. Gamers or feminists so lets all strive not to do that, yes? Could the petitioners gone about it a better way? Yes, it could have been more factual in its petition, for starters.07/28/2015 - 8:25pm
 

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