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Game Of Thrones Season 6 Premiere Triggers Piracy Craze

Data gathered by TorrentFreak estimates that after half a day, over a million people have downloaded the episode via BitTorrent. At the time of writing, more than 200,000 people are actively sharing one of the three most-popular torrents. […] A brief inspection of the download locations of the most popular torrent shows that Game of Thrones pirates come from all over the world, as we’ve seen previously. The show is particularly popular in Australia (12.5%), India (9.7%), United States (8.5%) and the United Kingdom (6.9%). The top 10 is completed by the Philippines, Canada, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak
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HBO NOW, The Network’s Streaming Service For Cord Cutters, Has Just 800,000 Subscribers

In addition to the fact that HBO NOW has not yet rolled out to all platforms, the service also began as an Apple exclusive, having been initially available only on Apple TV before arriving on other devices. […] Another issue that could be slowing subscriber growth is HBO NOW’s still heftier price tag, when compared with others in the streaming space – it charges $14.99 per month [sic]. Netflix, these days, charges $5 less for its standard plan – and that’s after a price increase. […] As it stands, HBO NOW has far to go to truly rival the behemoth that is Netflix, which reported in January that it has grown to 75 million users worldwide. Hulu has over 9 million subscribers and Sling TV has 394,000 subscribers, analysts believe. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch
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‘The Godfather Epic’ Seven-Hour Cut Streaming on HBO Now

HBO NOW is good for many things: for catching up on those shows you’ve been missing, for watching films exclusively airing on the premium network (including pretty much all the Police Academy movies, if that’s your thing, sure), for using your parents’ password to take advantage of their disposable income… But there’s something else the streaming service has that you won’t find anywhere else: a seven-hour cut of the first two Godfather films, edited in chronological order. – Britt Hayes, ScreenCrush
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HBO’s Sesame Street is the battlefield in the streaming wars for kids’ TV


Just how much does kids content matter to streaming services? Research firm eMarketer estimates that by 2019, digital video penetration among kids aged 11 and under will reach 74%, up from 68% in 2013. They also say that most kids are gifted an electronic device capable of streaming video between the ages of eight and 11. Netflix says that roughly half of all of their subscribers (more than 30 million people worldwide) regularly watch kids’ content. That’s way more than the number of people who will slog through Marco Polo. – Brian Moylan, The Guardian
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HBO Isn’t Netflix. Which Is Why It Should Stay With Time Warner.

While HBO sort of looks like Netflix — HBO has about 95 million subscribers and probably generated $5.6 billion in revenue last year; Netflix has 70 million subs and probably did $6.8 billion — Wall Street loves Netflix because Netflix is growing very, very fast. And HBO isn’t[.] – Peter Kafka, Re/code
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HBO Chief Richard Plepler Makes Case for Big Providers to Offer Its Streaming Product

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Amid growing industry concerns about cord-cutting, Mr. Plepler said he believes the pay-TV industry is moving toward offering “skinny” bundles, smaller packages of channels. He said that outcome would benefit HBO, putting it in reach for more households. “What people really want are bundles that don’t have 500 channels,” he said. – Amol Sharma, The Wall Street Journal
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HBO NOW Is 2015’s Top Video Streaming App By Revenue, Study Finds

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The findings were based on studies of the streaming video market and related app store rankings for a 12-month period ending July 2015, [App Annie] said. […] In the U.S., revenue from the Top 10 video streaming apps more than tripled during the time period ending July 31, 2015, but the vast majority of this revenue growth was driven by HBO NOW and Hulu. […] Overall, App Annie found that the video streaming app space is has been experiencing high year-over-year revenue growth in the U.S. – up by 3.2x year-over-year stateside, but elsewhere, like China, it’s even higher (9.6x). – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch
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Verizon Snags Broad HBO Now Rights

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Verizon Communications Inc. and Home Box Office (HBO) Inc. announced a sweeping deal Tuesday that gives the big US telco the right to distribute HBO NOW to its 9.2 million standalone broadband customers today, including both DSL and FiOS subscribers. Verizon thus joins one of its chief broadband and pay-TV rivals, Cablevision Systems Corp., in offering the new HBO OTT service to its customers. Like Cablevision, Verizon is offering the service for $14.99 a month, following a 30-day free trial. – Alan Breznick, Light Reading
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HBO NOW AVAILABLE TODAY ON ANDROID AND AMAZON FIRE DEVICES

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New customers can download the app on their Android tablet and phone or on their Amazon Fire Tablets to begin a 30-day introductory free trial of HBO NOW by signing up through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. HBO NOW continues to expand its distribution by adding Google and Amazon to already existing partners – Apple and Cablevision. HBO NOW is available on any Android OS 4.1+ phone or tablet and Fire Tablets as well as iPhone, iPad and Apple TV for a monthly subscription of $14.99. Upon registering, subscribers can also watch their favorite HBO programming on their computer at HBONOW.com. – Cord Cutters News
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