Coming Next Year: 'Stand-Alone' HBO Subscriptions

Streaming-only service coming in 2015
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2014 2:45 PM CDT
Coming Next Year: 'Stand-Alone' HBO Subscriptions
This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones."   (AP Photo/HBO, Keith Bernstein, File)

Finally, the moment many would-be cord-cutters have been waiting for: HBO says that next year, it will offer a "stand-alone, over the top" version of its service. Those are the words used by CEO Richard Plepler at an investor presentation; a press release after the fact called it a "stand-alone HBO streaming service," but the company hasn't said much beyond that. Re/code uses the words "Web-only offering" and "a digital version of its service that won’t require a pay-TV subscription" to describe what's coming.

But no other details are yet known, including exactly how HBO will market and deliver the new version. Some industry sources have suggested it could partner with a service like Amazon or Hulu rather than building its own tech. Also unknown is how similar it will be to the existing HBO Go; some have suggested HBO might prefer to roll out a version that offers only new shows months after they premiere on traditional TV. (In other streaming news, click to see what's coming to Netflix.)

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