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Old March 22 2013, 02:35 PM   #149
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HBO Go and possible Showtime Anywhere

Where HBO goes Showtime is sure to follow since both are the top premium cable channels in the USA.
in Yesterday's news:
"HBO could widen access to its HBO Go online streaming service by teaming up with broadband Internet providers for customers who do not subscribe to a cable TV service, HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler said,"
The Reuters story adds, "Plepler said late Wednesday that HBO Go packaged with a monthly Internet service, in partnership with broadband providers, reducing the cost. Customers could pay $50 a month for their broadband Internet and an extra $10 or $15 for HBO to be packaged in with that service, for a total of $60 or $65 per month, Plepler said. 'We would have to make the math work,' he added."
HBO Go has about 6.5 million users, compared with !00 million subscribers worldwide for HBO's primary pay service.
As far as the pay TV regular channel customers:
HBO currently has 115 million subscribers worldwide, 41 million of who are in the US.
Game of Thrones has been pirated heavily online, and making HBO Go available to non-subscribers would provide a legal alternative.
HBO Go Considered For Non-Cable Subscribers: Report

Since Viacom owns CBS If Trek were put on (Viacom-owned) Showtime and Showtime allowed their Showtime Anytime available to non-subscribers of their primary premium subscription television service It could mean $12-15. subscription that would help fund a new Trek series. Maybe even on one of the multiplex channels like Showtime 2, or Showtime Beyond (which has sci-fi/fantasy films and made-for-cable science fiction series produced for Showtime.) just so Trek would be on a linear TV channel. If this was announced in 3-4 years while the next Trek series was in development you would see the subscriptions go up in the month leading up to Trek's premiere episode. So with the title of this thread if Trek were to premiere it's next TV series not on linear TV I think it would also have a major piracy problem and offering a Showtime Anytime subscription by teaming up with broadband Internet providers for customers who do not subscribe to a cable TV service would give most customers a legal way to see the next Trek TV series not necessarily with a cable television subscription.

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