HBO to Premiere New Series on Web

Internet video moves dominate today's cable news roundup, including Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) 's plans to premiere new series on TV Everywhere site, HBO Go.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) subscribers will get access to HBO Go, beginning Tuesday. HBO, which will premiere its new series Game of Thrones on the TV Everywhere site, says 80 percent of cable homes will have access to the broadband-fed, authenticated service by early May. (See HBO Is GO for Google TV .)

  • While Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) has told Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) that its new iPad app isn't authorized to distribute MTV and other Viacom networks, the programmer has yet to hit the MSO with a cease and desist letter like the one it has already sent to Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC). (See TW Cable, Viacom Take iPad Fight to Court .)

  • Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) and cable Web portal developer Synacor Inc. are teaming up to shop TV Everywhere authentication products to pay TV providers. (See TV Everywhere Starts Getting Somewhere and Synacor Sizes Up ‘TV Everywhere’ .)

  • YouTube Inc. is beginning to allow some of its partner channels to stream live video, including cricket matches. (See Google Targets MSOs With YouTube Overhaul.)

  • The Comcast Media Center (CMC) inked a new multi-year deal that gives National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. (NCTC) members access to "competitive transport fees" to the CMC's Headend In The Sky (HITS) slate of standard- and high-definition programming services. NCTC has nearly 1,000 service provider members, mostly of the tier 2/3 variety.

  • BTIG Research Analyst Richard Greenfield took the new WatchESPN service for a Wi-Fi-free test drive in parts of New York City and New Jersey over the weekend and was apparently quite pleased (and a bit surprised) with how the app performed on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s 3G network. Here's a video clip of his experience:

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:08:01 PM
    re: HBO to Premiere New Series on Web


    It is "Game of Thrones" and is based on the Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R.R. Martin.

    I am really looking forward to it and will probably be greatly disappointed.  At least we are supposed to get the next novel in the series in July.  I have no idea how confusing this whole thing will be if you have not read the novels.  Just to give you an idea, they average 800 pages or so (the last one was just short of 1000 pages) and we are on number 4 and anxiously awaiting number 5.




    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:08:00 PM
    re: HBO to Premiere New Series on Web

    We've fixed that; thanks for pointing that out. Haven't read any of the, but seems like a good one to put on the reading list if the series ends up being interesting but tough to follow for those who haven't checked out the series.  JB

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